From the Merchant of Menace Vincent Price and the King of the Bs Roger Corman come six Gothic tales inspired by the pen of Edgar Allan Poe. In The Fall of the House of Usher a young man learns of a family curse that threatens his happiness with his bride-to-be. In The Pit and the Pendulum a brother investigates the untimely death of sister played by Barbara Steele. Tales of Terror adapts three Poe classics Morella The Black Cat and The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar each starring a horror icon. The Raven is a comic take on the famous poem concerning three rival magicians. In The Haunted Palace a newcomer in a New England town is suspected of being a warlock. And in The Tomb of Ligeia filmed in Norfolk and at Stonehenge a widower's upcoming marriage plans are thwarted by his dead first wife. The six films boast a remarkable cast list: not just Price and Steele (Black Sunday) but also Boris Karloff (Frankenstein) Peter Lorre (M The Beast with Five Fingers) Lon Chaney Jr (The Wolf Man Spider Baby) Basil Rathbone (The Black Cat) and a very young Jack Nicholson. Adapted for the screen by Richard Matheson (The Twilight Zone I Am Legend) and Robert Towne (Chinatown) these Six Gothic Tales now rank as classic examples of sixties horror cinema. Special Features: Limited Edition boxed-set High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation of all six features presented across six Blu-rays Original uncompressed mono PCM Audio for all films Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for all films Numerous new and archive commentaries interviews and featurettes for each film! The Directors: Roger Corman an hour-long documentary on the filmmaker featuring contributions from James Cameron Martin Scorsese and Ron Howard Original Theatrical Trailers Reversible sleeves featuring original and newly commissioned artwork for all six films Limited edition 200-page collector's book containing new writing on all films plus reprints and reproductions to be announced soon!
BEING TERRIFIED IS JUST THE BEGINNING... Initially reviled in its native land (some critics took exception to the fact the film was largely funded by the Canadian taxpayer), Shivers is an intensely claustrophobic, subversive masterpiece and an essential entry in the oeuvre of one of the horror genre s most gifted auteurs. Some 40 years after its release, it still retains its power to shock. Starliner Island is an idyllic community. Cut off from the rest of the world, the luxury apartment block affords its occupants the chance to escape from the hustle and bustle of the big city. But this isolation is to prove fatal when a new breed of parasite a combination of aphrodisiac and venereal disease which arouses sexual aggression in its hosts is let loose in the building, resulting in an orgy terror and mayhem. Known under a host of alternate titles such as The Parasite Murdersand They Came From Within!, Shivers is the startling debut full-length feature from director David Cronenberg which anticipates the body-horror concerns of his later films such as The Fly and Videodrome.
Come face to face with naked fear on the altar of evil! Antique dealer Bob Manning heads to Craxton Lodge in Graymarsh the last known location of his missing brother Peter. J.D. Morley. The owner of Craxton Lodge claims to have never heard of Peter but invites Manning to stay. However Manning soon begins to discover evidence that Peter was there and that he may have met his fate under unpleasant circumstances. Meanwhile he is plagued by dreams of occultic rituals concerning the
More than a quarter of a century after his death director Mario Bava remains one of international cinema s most controversial icons. Today his influence marked by stunning visuals daring sexuality and shocking violence can still be seen in the works of Martin Scorsese David Lynch Tim Burton Dario Argento and countless others in a legacy that extends far beyond the horror genre. This collection brings together 5 landmark movies from the first half of Bava s career encompassing the original giallo a bold Viking epic and his three gothic horror masterpieces featuring new transfers original European versions and exclusive featurettes to create the definitive celebration of one of the most important filmmakers of all time. Set Comprises: The Mask Of Satan: In the 17th Century Moldavia the evil Princess Asa is condemned to death for witchcraft and vampirism along with her brother Prince Igor Javutich. Two hundred years later two doctors en route to a medical convention discover her crypt and accidentally set her resurrection in motion! With the help of Javutich and others whom she enthralls with her cold dead kiss Asa sets her sights on her ultimate victim-princess Katia her own twin descendant! Black Sabbath: Boris Karloff is your host for Bava's 1963 classic triptych of terror which set new standards in graphic violence and spellbinding horror. Michele Mercier stars in The Telephone a tale of lesbian obsession and murder. In The Wurdalak Karloff stars with Mark Damon as the patriarch of a family of bloodthirsty ghouls. And in The Drop Of Water Jacqueline Pierreux is a nurse stalked by the vengeful spirit of a dead medium. The Girl Who Knew Too Much: Nora Davis (Leticia Roman) jets away to Rome to vacation with Edith an old family friend. Unfortunately her trip is anything but relaxing... On the first night Edith dies - and as Nora runs into the night for help she becomes an eyewitness to a murder as she sees a woman stabbed to death on the Piazza di Spagna! Being a young woman with an insatiable appetite for murder mysteries Nora can't get anyone to believe her story but with the help of the attentive Dr. Marcello Bassi (John Saxon) she learns that a murder did occur on that very spot - 10 years earlier - when Emily Craven fell victim to the Alphabet Murderer! What did Nora Davis really see and who is stalking her through Rome? Could it be the Alphabet Killer looking for victim D? Knives Of The Avenger: With husband King Harald missing at sea and presumed dead Queen Karin goes into hiding with her young son Moki to escape being forced into marriage with Hagen a general of Harald's army and now a bloodthirsty pretender to the throne. Wary of strangers she turns a beggar away from her cottage but upon hearing her cries for help the stranger returns and saves her from being assaulted by two men - with two well--thrown knives! The blademaster Rurik (Cameron Mitchell) is allowed to stay and he takes the boy under his wing teaching him the arts of survival. In time he recognizes Karin as the queen whom he raped years ago on her wedding night in merciless retaliation for Hagen's murder of his own wife and son. Realizing that Moki might be his own son Rurik now has a family to defend - and another to avenge - as Hagen and his soldiers converge on their hiding place! Kill Baby ....Kill! A doctor investigating a young woman's apparent suicide in a Balkan village discovers the locals believe the ghost of a baron's daughter is responsible. The victims in the small Transylvanian village are being found dead with gold coins planted in their hearts.
Track Of The Vampire: An artist in Venice California named Antonio Sordi (William Campbell) becomes convinced he is the descendant of 15th century vampires in this strange film partially directed by Jack Hill (Spider Baby Foxy Brown). It's an interesting surreal piece of low-budget exploitation as Sordi murders women drains them of their blood and then dips them in wax and paints them. Marissa Mathes plays one of the victims as does Sandra Knight. Lori Saunders is a ballerina whom Sordi becomes convinced is the reincarnation of his ancestor's dead lover. If the film seems at times bizarre it may be because Hill centered it around footage from a 1963 Yugoslavian picture called Operation Titian to which he then added English-speaking scenes. After conflicts with producer Roger Corman Hill left the film and fellow Corman protegee Stephanie Rothman completed the work and added the vampire element. Regardless of authorship and some disjointed elements the film maintains an eerie tone and should find a place in the hearts of low budget horror fans. Corman regulars Jonathan Haze and Sid Haig also appear in supporting roles. Nightmare Castle: A jealous mad scientist savagely murders his faithless wife and her lover. Using the dead couple's blood he conducts a bizarre experiement on rejuvenation. To complete his revenge he then seeks to marry his late wife's sister after realizing that she has been left with the inheritance. In time the perturbed ghosts of the late lovers appear and seek their own revenge.
This collection features a trio of films directed by 'the master of the macabre' Mario Bava. Black Sabbath (1963): Italian horror master Mario Bava's spine-tingling horror anthology. In the first tale A Drop Of Water a woman steals a ring off of the finger of a corpse only to be haunted by the angry spirit of the ring's owner. In The Telephone a woman is harassed by phone calls from the dead. Finally Boris Karloff plays a vampire-like creature in The Wurdalak who feeds off the blood of its family. The Girl Who Knew Too Much (1963 aka The Evil Eye): The mystery of the Alphabet Murders in Rome was left unsolved ten years ago. When Nora Davis (Roman) travels there on vacation she gets tangled in a web of death starting with Edith an old friend of the family. As Nora tries to find some help for Edith she witnesses the stabbing murder of yet another woman. She soon discovers that the murder actually happened ten years ago to Emily Craven and that the Alphabet Murderer is looking for is still looking for the letter 'D'. The Mask of Satan (1960 aka Black Sunday/Revenge of The Vampire): Buxom B-movie queen Barbara Steele stars in this atmospheric film about the long dead evil Princess Asa and her brother who are accidentally brought back to life. Asa goes on a quest to murder her twin descendent Princess Katia (also played by Steele) and seduces many unknowing victims along the way.
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