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The Ghastly Ones/Seeds of Sin [Special Edition] [DVD]


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    Special Features

    • Audio commentary for The Ghastly Ones by actor and long-time Milligan friend Hal Borske
    • Bonus trailers for Andy Milligan's The Body Beneath, Guru the Mad Monk, The Rats Aer Coming!, The Werewolves Are Here!, and Vapors!
    • Digitally remastered
    • Original theatrical trailer for The Ghastly Ones
    • Seeds of Sin workprint: Prior to its theatrical release, Seeds of Sin contained footage subsequently deleted by the producers and replaced with additional nude scenes. Something Weird has discovered two reels of Andy Milligan's original 16mm workprint - aprroximately 40 minutes worth - which is presented here in its entirety. The footage contains a number of deleted scenes - including a different beginning, the death of a character almost completely edited out of the theatrical version and a longer ending - and although the audio is occasionally incomplete, there are also a couple of priceless moments when you can when you can actually hear Andy barking orders to the cast
    • Special gallery of Andy Milligan exploitation art with original music by actor Hal Borske
    • Total running time: over 3 hours of Milligan style mayhem
    • Unfinished trailer for Seeds of Sin containing deleted scenes


    Seeds of Sin
    A broken family comes together for a Christmas dinner that degenerates into an orgy of incest, suicide, and murder. Carol (Candy Hammond) invites her estranged brothers and sisters to the house she shares with her mother (Maggie Rogers), a bitter, reclusive wheelchair-bound alcoholic who flies into a rage when she hears the news. The mother hates each of her children and is convinced that they're all after her considerable fortune. The siblings and their spouses arrive and the dinner begins peacefully as they all catch up on each other's lives. However, their mother refuses to mask her contempt, and her drunken recriminations raise tempers to a fever pitch and set the tone for an ugly evening. Later that night, a furtive incestuous dalliance is followed by a bathtub electrocution and a desperate act of hari-kari. A young military academy student is revealed to be a homosexual, an arsonist, and a blackmailer, and subsequently slashes his wrists in the backyard. The beautiful eldest sister is disfigured with acid, while her husband receives an axe in his forehead. Meanwhile, Carol is trying to resurrect her own incestuous relationship with her brother Michael (Robert Service), which ended when he moved away from home. His reluctance pushes her over the edge, and she takes violent retribution against their hateful matriarch. ~ Fred Beldin, Rovi

    The Ghastly Ones
    Staten Island's Andy Milligan, notorious for 16-millimeter backyard horror projects -- often incorporating thrift-shop period costumes and plentiful fake-looking gore -- applies his signature brand of awfulness to the Ten Little Indians scenario with this amateurish whodunit. The plot requires six potential heirs to spend the night in their late patriarch's allegedly-haunted estate, after which the survivors (if any) will claim his inheritance. Before long, the guests are being murdered in a variety of messy (and unconvincing) ways, including impalement, decapitation, burning alive and bisection with a two-handed saw. The usual Milligan touches abound, from dead bodies seen breathing or blinking their eyes to four-tined pitchforks which somehow become three-tined when plunging through a victim's body. The entire scenario -- including the pleasant seaside setting -- was handled far more deftly in Mario Bava's excellent thriller Bay of Blood in 1971. ~ Cavett Binion, Rovi

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