Big Box of Horror, Vol. 2: 15 Movies [3 Discs] [DVD]

This extensive collection for fans of horror offers a collection including Prom Night, The Inflicted, Samuel Bleak, Prom Night II Hello Mary Lou, The Nurse, The Familiar, and Meadowoods.
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Samuel Bleak
The mystery surrounding a mute vagabond found living in the woods of a small town threatens to upset the delicate social balance of the close-knit community in this drama featuring Keith David and James Russo. Samuel Bleak was just eight-year-old when he ran away into the woods. No one ever knew why he fled from his family, and in the years that followed he was presumed dead. Then, 20-years later, Police Chief Ruben Ramirez discovers Samuel living a life of solitude in a dilapidated shanty. He won't speak, and his only possession is an old typewriter. Subsequently placed in a small mental institution, Samuel begins the long process of integrating himself back into society. But while Chief Ramirez's wife does her best to care for the taciturn young patient, his patience is tested by the constant flood of tests and questions, and the desires of a lonely female patient with an intensely jealous admirer. In time the truth about Samuel's tragic past slowly comes to light, and when it does this small town may never be the same again. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Dire Wolf
Occupied
A young woman babysitting her wide-eyed cousin in the redwood forests of California experiences a psychotic episode that places both of them in mortal danger. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Killjoy
A lot of kids think clowns are scary, but a bunch of adults discover just how frightening the wrong kind of clown can be in this horror opus. After the girl he loves is stolen away by a thuggish gang member, a young man uses the forces of evil to bring to life Killjoy (Angel Vargas), a clown doll he owned as a child. The young man is killed before the spell can fully take effect, but Killjoy soon comes to life to wreak a horrible revenge on the people who killed his master. Killjoy also stars William L. Johnson, Vera Yell, and Napiera Danielle Groves. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II
Though not a true sequel to Paul Lynch's derivative slasher-dud Prom Night, this Carrie-flavored horror film begins in 1957 with the fiery death of bitchy prom queen Mary Lou Maloney (Lisa Schrage) courtesy of a backfired stinkbomb stunt pulled by her jealous ex-boyfriend. Thirty years later, her killer has become the school principal (Michael Ironside), and sweet, innocent Vicki (Wendy Lyon) is a contender for the prom-queen title. Mary Lou's vengeful spirit spies the perfect opportunity to reclaim her crown once and for all. The rest of the film involves Vicki adopting Mary Lou's less-than-reputable habits and messily destroying anyone who stands between her and the coveted title. High points include a telekinetic "Tutti Frutti" locker-room squashing and a swirling demonic blackboard, all courtesy of FX wizard Jim Doyle, who worked previously on A Nightmare on Elm Street, to which this film bears some stylistic similarities. ~ Cavett Binion, Rovi

Summer School
Prom Night
This low-budget, tongue-in-cheek horror film of the slasher genre -- which had recently been popularized by Halloween (1978) -- stars that film's lead, Jamie Lee Curtis, as Kim Hammond, a prom queen who becomes a scream queen. Six years ago, a little girl was taunted by four classmates and fell to her death from an abandoned schoolhouse. The quartet of kids promised to keep their complicity in the accident a secret. Now it's their prom night and they've got the jitters because they have recently been receiving phone calls and notes from an ominous, unknown individual claiming to have witnessed the girl's death and vowing revenge. At the prom, the four become fatal victims one by one of a mysterious, axe-wielding, masked, and hooded stalker. The many possibilities of the murderer's identity include Kim, who is the little dead girl's sister, her school-principal father (Leslie Nielsen), or her disc-jockey brother, Alex (Michael Tough). ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

The Cry
Venture capitalist-turned-independent filmmaker Bernadine Santistevan leaves behind the world of high-risk investments to craft this supernatural thriller based on the Latino legend of La Llorona - a Medea-like entity who was said to have drowned her children, and whose lingering grief was so powerful that it transcended death. A young mother (Adriana Dominguez) living in New York City has fallen under the deadly spell of La Llorona, and now as a pair of detectives race (Christian Camargo and Carlos Leon) to solve a recent rash of murders, the woman will be forced to realize her connection to the tragic legend in order to protect her child. Over the course of the past five centuries La Llorona has claimed countless lives, and now in order to break the deadly cycle of vengeance this possessed mother will need to seek the assistance of a powerful witch/curandera (Miriam Colón) who may hold the key to saving her child's life. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Meadowoods
Three bored college students decide to indulge their darkest desires by abducting a random stranger, then watching their victim die a slow death in an improvised execution chamber. As the plan gets underway, the murderers decide to keep a video diary documenting their grim experiment. Once the victim is in place and the torture begins, dissent begins to grow in the ranks of the killers, leading to a brutal conflict that could end the lives of everyone involved. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Killer Killer
The Inflicted
Psychotic medical student David O'Hara kidnaps and impregnates Melissa Daniels in an effort to replace his fractured family, and embarks on a bloody campaign to get her back after police rescue her from his twisted warehouse of horrors. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Blind Witness
Victoria Principal plays the sightless but extremely independent wife of Stephen Macht, who is murdered by intruders in her presence (a harrowing sequence, even within TV standards). Though she could see nothing, Principal is counting on her sensory and olfactory reminiscences, as well as her own instincts, to help the police track down the murderer. Naturally, this results in the killer stalking the "helpless" Principal, who proves to be nothing of the sort. Victoria Principal not only starred in Blind Witness (working like a demon to make her blindness utterly convincing), but also functioned as the film's co-executive producer. This made-for-TV movie debuted on November 26, 1989, heralded by the requisite TV Guide cover story. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

The Nurse
A young employee of a large corporation (William R. Moses) finds out that a fellow employee has been stealing money from the company. He informs his superiors of the man's embezzlement, which results in the embezzler killing his wife and his son, then shooting himself. The embezzler's daughter, a nurse, vows vengeance on the man she holds responsible for the deaths. When the informant suffers a stroke that leaves him paralyzed and hospitalized, the nurse sees her opportunity and, using another nurse's identity, gets the job of caring for him at the hospital. ~ Brian Gusse, Rovi

The Familiar
His faith shaken following his wife's death, reclusive widower Sam grows increasingly attracted to his doe-eyed sister-in-law Laura, who is slowly being taken over by a powerful demon. Now, in order to save Laura's life and free himself from the grip of evil, Sam must resist temptation and confront forces beyond the realm of human comprehension. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Howling IV: The Original Nightmare
Shot in South Africa, this direct-to-video installment of the werewolf series continues that franchise's tradition of generating sequels light-years distant from the quality of Joe Dante's witty and frightening original. The fourth chapter even attempts to rewrite the original film's premise, which admittedly took grand liberties with the novel by Gary Brandner. The revamped tale involves successful author Marie (Romy Windsor), who visits the scenic woodland town of Drago to find respite from constant nightmare visions involving werewolves and a mysterious nun. Needless to say, her stay in the village does nothing to dispel the visions, which increase in frequency and seem to suggest strange portents of evil events to come...and a warning to get out of town before the next full moon. ~ Cavett Binion, Rovi

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