The Gorehouse Greats Collection [3 Discs] [DVD]

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Prime Evil
A Satanic offshoot of the Catholic church has been operating since the 1500s, led by a renegade priest named Thomas Seaton (William Beckwith). The members can earn immortality if they sacrifice a blood relation every 13 years, and soon it will be time for George Parkman (Max Jacobs) to renew his bond with Lucifer. Parkman's intended victim is his virginal granddaughter Alexandra (Christine Moore), though her fiancé Bill (Tim Gail) is suspicious of the intentions of the old man and his lecherous friend Father Seaton. Oblivious to the danger, Alexandra rejects Bill's concern as jealousy. After her mother dies under suspicious circumstances, Alexandra moves in with her grandfather and falls further under the evil priest's spell, never suspecting that she's being prepared for a Winter Solstice sacrifice to Satan. However, the Catholic church is aware of the sinister cult's plans and a young nun has infiltrated their ranks in an effort to smash their blasphemies once and for all. ~ Fred Beldin, Rovi

Stanley
A Seminole Indian and Vietnam veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress syndrome uses his cold-blooded companions to seek vengeance against the people who killed his father in this horrific frightener from director William Grefe. Tim Ochopee (Chris Robinson) has been deeply scarred by his battlefield experiences. Upon finishing his tour of duty and returning to his home in the Everglades, all Tim wants is to live peacefully in the wilderness with his pet snake "Stanley." Upon discovering that his father has been killed under suspicious circumstances, however, Tim finds Stanley a mate and begins breeding the pair. Before long, Tim has a shack full of hungry snakes just waiting for a decent meal. That meal comes when Tim decides to sick his slithering friends in slimy snakeskin manufacturer Richard Thompkins (Alex Rocco). Infuriated that Tim would refuse his offer to purchase the snakes and transform them into tacky apparel, Thompkins hires a psychotic hitman (Paul Avery) to put the snake-loving vet in the ground. But Thompkins and his volatile gun for hire have underestimated the unusual bond that Tim shares with his snakes. Now, as Tim and his serpents come out to play, the poison begins to flow and the screaming starts. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Nightmare in Wax
Cameron Mitchell's most flamboyantly silly role came as the horribly disfigured ex-makeup-artist Vincent Renard in this cult variation on the horror classic House of Wax. The vengeful Renard runs the Movieland Wax Museum, where he kidnaps actors, gives them paralyzing drugs, and dips them in wax for use as exhibits. John Cardos and Scott Brady from the Al Adamson movies are here as detectives, but it is Mitchell's crazed performance which gives this tatty feature its campy charm. Director Bud Townsend returned with the cannibal comedy The Folks at Red Wolf Inn. ~ Robert Firsching, Rovi

Satan's Slave
Michael Gough once more goes the horror-movie route in the British Satan's Slave. Gough plays the head of a coven of witches. He roams the countryside in search of new minions for the Dark Prince. A fiery climax caps this standard effort. Satan's Slave received but minimal theatrical play in the US, though it became a fixture of "Shock Theatre" TV manifests. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Blood of Dracula's Castle
Dracula carries on his blood-drinking tradition in modern-day California, joined by his bride in a castle into which an unsuspecting couple have just moved. (Talk about incompatible roomies!) The Count and Countess (Alex D'Arcy & Paula Raymond) abduct a smorgasbord of cuties in miniskirts and go-go boots and chain them up in the castle dungeon for later consumption. John Carradine loiters about this Al Adamson non-masterpiece on his way to an easy paycheck, though he does not actually assay the role of Dracula, playing instead a small part as the Count's butler. Unbelievably, the cinematography on this ultra-cheapie is credited to acclaimed DP Laszlo Kovacs. Well-photographed by Laszlo Kovacs, the film is still notoriously dreadful and includes far too much stock footage of Sea World along with the usual deadly Adamson pacing. Some versions feature additional violent footage involving a rampaging werewolf. Trivia buffs will note that Paula Raymond's role as the Countess was originally intended for Jayne Mansfield. ~ Cavett Binion, Rovi

The Devil's Hand
A mystery woman leads an ordinary man down an evil path in this intriguing horror story. Rick Turner (Robert Alda) is a man haunted by a recurring dream in which a beautiful woman in a flowing white gown dances for him. The dream is robbing Rick of his sleep and driving a wedge between him and his fiancée Donna (Ariadna Welter), so he's startled when one day he passes a shop window and sees a doll that looks just like the woman in his dreams. The owner of the shop, Frank Lamont (Neil Hamilton), informs Rick that the doll was custom-made for a client, and Rick arranges to deliver it to her himself. Rick arrives at the luxurious apartment of Bianca (Linda Christian) to discover she is the very image of the woman in his dream, and she appears to know him already. Rick learns that both Bianca and Frank are members of a mysterious satanic cult that uses the dolls as part of their ceremonies; Rick becomes a regular visitor to their meetings and becomes deeply involved with Bianca after Donna is suddenly bedridden. But does Bianca have a plan for Rick that he doesn't yet suspect? The Devil's Hand was also released under the title Live To Love. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Terror
This horror feature should entertain fans of the blood and guts but ultimately fails to live up to its title. Royal ancestors feel the wrath of the curse of the condemned witch Mad Dolly L.E. Mack, who spews forth her prophetic venom while she is burned at the stake. The victims suffer death by having their heads removed in various fashions, getting their limbs caught in animal traps, knife wounds, and other methods of popular medieval torture. ~ Dan Pavlides, Rovi

Terrified
In this horror film, college girls head for a notorious ghost town to look into a series of bizarre murders. They are greeted by the gruesome sight of a slain cemetery caretaker. One of the college girls runs for help and while she's gone, horrible things happen to her friends, thanks to the villainous doings of a strangely hooded figure. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi

Brain Twisters
In this tame thriller, a university research psychologist is using computer-game software in experiments on students to investigate the possibility of covertly bringing about major changes in behavior. The company that is providing the software for very little money knows that nobody should be using it but hopes to recoup some of its development costs by getting it into colleges in this fashion. Unfortunately, the students become very violent after being exposed to the game, and the professor becomes involved in a police investigation. ~ Clarke Fountain, Rovi

The Madmen of Mandoras
Science goes too far as one of the greatest villains of the 20th century makes a last stand in South America in this crackpot thriller. After government scientists develop a new and virulent variety of nerve gas, Professor John Coleman (John Holland) sets out to create an antidote until he mysteriously disappears. Coleman's daughter Kathy (Audrey Caire) and her husband, Phil Day (Walter Stocker), who works in U.S. intelligence, begin to suspect foul play; they're approached by a man named Teo (Carlos Rivas) who is trying to tell them about the professor and a strange place called Mandoras when he's suddenly shot to death. With no other clues to follow, Kathy and Phil travel to the tiny Latin American nation of Mandoras, where Kathy happens to meet her hepcat sister, Suzanne (Dani Lynn), at a nightclub. Suzanne tells Kathy and Phil that she and the professor had been kidnapped, and when they're introduced to Teo's brother Camino (also played by Rivas), they learn of a bizarre plot. According to Camino, scientists in a secret lab on Mandoras have kept the disembodied head of Adolf Hitler (Bill Freed) alive in a jar, and under the orders of "Mr. H" they're engaged in a deadly scheme to take over the world and resurrect the Third Reich. The film Madmen of Mandoras received a brief theatrical release in 1963; later, when it was sold to television, the movie (running a brief 74 minutes) was padded with additional sequences, reported shot by a group of film students, that feature a completely different cast and don't at all resemble the shadowy visual style of the original movie. The strange variant television cut of the film gained a cult following under its title, They Saved Hitler's Brain. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Blood Mania
Blood Mania -- a low-budget, rather sleazy exploitation horror film -- tells the story of a woman who kills her abortionist/physician father for his money only to find out that she is not the beneficiary of his will. Blood Mania, the first film directed by Robert Vincent O'Neil, is a lurid, sensationalized, gory, implausible horror story with a silly screenplay and poor acting. ~ Linda Rasmussen, Rovi

Trip with the Teacher
Four high school girls learn some unpleasant lessons at the hands of a psychotic thug in this exploitation drama. Jay (Robert Gribbin) is a nice guy who likes motorcycles that, while on a road trip, comes to the aid of fellow rider Pete (Robert Porter) and his brother Al (Zalman King). Pete has a flat tire and after Jay helps him fix it, he rides off with the brothers to enjoy the desert scenery. The bikers spot another kind of scenery when they pull up beside a school bus with a handful of pretty teenage girls inside. Pam (Susan Russell), Julie (Cathy Worthington), Tina (Jill Voight) and Bobbie (Dina Ousley) have been sent on a private field trip to explore Native American ruins with their teacher Miss Tenney (Brenda Fogarty), and when bus driver Marvin (Jack Driscoll) stops for gas, Jay takes the opportunity to stop and flirt with the girls. Al, however, has a violent streak and has more dangerous games in mind after killing a gas jockey who insulted him. When Jay, Al and Pete discover the bus is stranded in the desert due to a broken fuel pump, they offer to give them a tow into town. But Al instead guides them to an abandoned shack where he proceeds to torture the girls and make his kinky sexual desires known to Miss Tenney. Trip With The Teacher features an impressively sleazy performance from Zalman King as Al, years before he became known as a writer and director of erotic dramas such as Nine 1/2 Weeks, Wild Orchid and Red Shoe Diaries. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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