Ah, Tim Curry, the man who gave us such wonders as ‘It’ and ‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’ appears here as a man willing to fund an expedition into the Congo in search of a mythical city. Of course, what is best remembered about this movie is the screaming man scene and gorillas falling into lava for no apparent reason.
What we have here is an extended cameo by Bruce Campbell, a jungle adventure, angry hippopotamuses and deadly apes who just want to be have fun. There is also some subplot about wanting to find a missing boyfriend.
Oh, and a talking gorilla, too.
All brought to you based on a book by Michael Crichton and directed by the same person who did 1990’s John Goodman classic ‘Arachnophobia.’
This gem can be picked up at DeepDiscount.com for $6.23 with free shipping. Congo – $6.23
Horror Collection Volume 1: Nosferatu & Vampyr
Two classics of the genre and both are silent movies. Wait, wait, wait, don’t stop reading now, for these are great movies in their own right. Just because they are silent doesn’t mean they can’t make you scream,
Nosferatu is just hands down a fantastic movie and certainly one of the best of the vampire genre – even if it was a knock off of Bram Stoker’s Dracula and the producers got into trouble for that technicality.
The makeup was ahead of its time, the special effects are still startling and at 94 minutes it is well worth watching, maybe with the shades drawn open.
Vampyr is one that has not been seen by us before. However, IMDB currently has it listed with a 7.6 out of 10, which is astounding for a release in 1932. It seems to have gained a cult following. It’s also based on a short story by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, whose “Carmilla” predates “Dracula” and gives good ol’ Bram Stoker a run for his money.
Buy.com has it for $11.39 with shipping costs. Gothic Horror Collection-V01 – $8.99 with $2.40 shipping
An American Werewolf in London: Full Moon Edition
With the right make-up artist and director, werewolves can appear eight foot tall man-beasts at the pinnacle of special effects. And no, Taylor Lautner without his shirt does not count as a special effect.
In “American Werewolf in London”, the right make-up artist is Rick Baker, who actually won an Oscar for his work on this cult classic. One look at the transformation and you can see why. Fur sprouts and limbs lengthen in an extraordinary metamorphosis. The right director, on the other hand, is John Landis, a man best known for the toga parties of “Animal House.” While you won’t find John Belushi in this horror-comedy, you will find plenty of laughs to go with your scares, including a zombie who tries speaking with a Mickey Mouse doll and soundtrack composed entirely of songs involving the moon. Landis strikes a rare balance equal parts humor, horror and tragedy – all in the same movie.
You can get this horror classic for $9.89 at DeepDiscount. The Full Moon Edition also includes a wolf pack’s worth of special features, including a two-hour documentary, screen tests and gag reels.