August 27, 2013

The Hand

Jon Lansdale is a comic book artist whose life comes apart at the seams when his drawing hand is severed in a car accident. Slowly, painfully, he tries to adjust, but a terrifying evil creeps into his consciousness. One by one, the people who stand in his way begin to die.

The Great Michael Caine, what else can be said. He did not hold back while acting this part. He certainly made the film the psychological study that it is. One of two horror films Oliver Stone did. He uses some nice effects and occasional black and white footage. If you've only seen this on Saturday afternoon or late night television, please check out the DVD. The film was made before digital special effects and the hand looks great. Special features have a commentary by Oliver Stone. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 60609-D Released in 1981 105 minutes

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November 01, 2012

The William Castle film collection

Iconic horror director William Castle created a simple, but winning formula for his films: a little comedy, a lot of scares, a preposterous gimmick, and a clear sense that fright films should be fun. This even meant Castle would, like Hitchcock, appear in his trailers and even the movies themselves. Though his career spanned 35 years and included everything from westerns to crime thrillers, he'll always be remembered for his horror films from the late 50s to the mid-60s. And now Sony presents all eight of his Columbia features - three making their DVD debut, the rest newly-remastered - in one "spook-tacular" collection. And as a bonus, it includes the award-winning feature-length documentary, Spine Tingler! The William Castle Story.

Below is the list of films included in this collection. On the last disc is a great documentary about the director. William Castle was certainly a great showman and excellent director who introduced audience participation and inspired pandemonium during the showings to audiences throughout American. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 58089-D

13 frightened girls: An international bevy of beautiful teenage girls represent their countries as the daughters of diplomats. The teenage temptresses use their feminine wiles to steal some top-secret files vital to the survival of freedom-loving nations everywhere.

13 ghosts: The story is set in the mansion of the deceased occult scientist Dr. Zorba, whose nephew Cyrus and his family occupy the creepy estate and discover that they are not the only tenants. It seems the Doctor has been harboring 12 elusive specters on the premises, the appearance of which can only be detected through his final invention: a special pair of ghost-viewing goggles.

Homicidal: The film concerns a young woman named Miriam Webster (Patricia Breslin) who seemingly has everything a girl could want - including a successful flower shop business, and a handsome beau, Karl (Glenn Corbett), who works as a pharmacist. Events take a turn for the worse, however, when Miriam's half-brother, Warren, returns from Europe - with a rather unpleasant friend in-tow: a blonde named Emily (Jean Arless).

Straight-Jacket:: A wife (Joan Crawford) literally axes her cheating husband and his lover, witnessed by her three-year-old daughter. Mom is packed off to the insane asylum for 20 years before reuniting with the daughter (Diane Baker).

The old dark house: Set in the title manse, this chilling comedy chronicles the spooky exploits of a Yankee car salesman working in London who sets out to deliver a car to a remote and very creepy Welsh estate.

Mr. Sardonicus: Guy Rolfe stars as the wicked Sardonicus, a wealthy count who wears a mask because his face is frozen in a horrifying death grimace.

The tingler: As famous for the gimmick with which the film was shown as for its genuinely spine-tingling story, The Tingler follows a pathologist (Vincent Price) as he searches for the cause of a series of deaths and discovers that the victims have a large insect-like creature growing on their spinal chords.

Zotz!: Tom Poston stars

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August 05, 2011

Old Dark House

A group of travelers on a mountain road, overtaken by a thunderstorm and torrential rains, seek shelter in a mysterious old mansion. It is full of eerie characters and uncanny happenings.
Boris Karloff, Melvyn Douglas, Gloria Stuart, Charles Laughton, William Bond, Ernest Thesiger, Eva Moore, Raymond Massey, Brember Wills, Elspeth Dudgeon.

Outstanding visuals and wonderful characters. The great cast reinforces the remarkable use of cinematic technology. Engaging and some nicely, creepy scenes. ~Mike

Released 1932

Askwith Media Library 31432-D

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March 29, 2010

A Tale of Two Sisters

Something strange is happening when Su-mi and her younger sister, Su-yeon, come home to their father's large but dark and somewhat foreboding house after a stay in the hospital. Their dad is taciturn and burdened, and their stepmother, Eun-joo, greets them with forced enthusiasm and more than a little sense of irritation. But that's nothing compared to what happens when bedtime rolls around.

Askwith Media Library 40377-D

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The Omen

A chilling suspense mystery, this riveting tale of the supernatural explores the Biblical prophecy of the warning which will foretell the coming of Armageddon. The final confrontation between the forces of good and evil will begin with the birth of the son of Satan, in human form.

Askwith Media Library 42967-D

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Tun and Jane run over a pedestrian, they flee the scene and go on with their lives. Jan is having nightmares, Tun a photographer sees odd spectral figures appear in his work.

Askwith Media Library 47202-D

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A young priest is ordered to preside over the wake of a witch in a small old wooden church of a remote village. This means spending three nights alone with the corpse with only his faith to protect him.

Askwith Media Library 51437-D

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