The first All Night Horror Marathon was pretty damn fun. What’s the Matter With Helen, The Outing, The Vagrant and The Godsend were on the bill, and I was shocked to find that there were still older horror classics that I could fall in love with in much the same way as some of the B favorites with which I became enamored as a kid. The Outing and The Godsend are must see movies focusing on schlock and kid horror respectively. With Volume 2 of the same series from Scream Factory there’s an added bonus; we get to enjoy Empire era horror from the 80’s and early 90’s. This collection features The Dungeonmaster, Cellar Dweller, Contamination .7 and Catacombs. Let’s talk about why you absolutely must pick this quad-horror built for sleepovers is the perfect (and cheap) pick up. We’ll talk about each one briefly in a review that will share time on both The Liberal Dead and DOCTERROR.COM.
We will discuss two movies on this side of the horror-verse and then transition to DOCTERROR.COM
CONTAMINATION .7 AKA THE CRAWLERS AKA CREEPERS
Synopsis from Shout Factory –
1993/Color/Rated R/94 minutes/Anamorphic Widescreen (1.87:1)
When radioactive waste from a nearby nuclear plant turns the local trees into man-eating plants, a group of determined villagers must fight them to the death.
Surprisingly this also goes by Troll 3 though you’ll be hard pressed to find a connection to either the first or second movies in that “series”. This 1993 features shows all the shortcomings of the direct to video market. The plot is completely secondary to the exploitative elements on screen, and I’m afraid that aside from some rather entertaining battles with some plants, the best thing about this feature is the cover. This is an Italian production, directed by Joe D’Amato who has created the kind of exciting schlock that sells big, but ultimately this release exemplifies why the Italian film industry began to suffer. The golden and silver ages ended. Contamination .7 is like the sign post telling you to get off the train. Sure, it’s entertaining, and especially ripe for fans of Full Moon and Empire (though released by Epic)
Synopsis from Shout Factory –
1993/Color/R/84 minutes/Full Frame
For over 400 years, the curse of the Abbey at San Pietro was kept a secret. Buried deep beneath the monastery lies the Beast of the Apocalypse. The power of evil is unleashed when an American priest and a beautiful young schoolteacher uncover the unholy terror of a diabolical spell cast centuries ago. Now, it will take the ultimate sacrifice for the curse that will not be denied.
This is where I get off. I’m afraid that my beloved director David Schmoeller didn’t exactly do me a solid when he created Catacombs. Schmoeller is the evil genius behind Crawlspace (also release this past year by Scream Factory) and one of my all time favorite horror movies, Tourist Trap. Hey, there’s a beast of the apocalypse under this here monastery… and I couldn’t give a rats ass. Aside from the opening sequence, I found this to be snoozer. This is another Empire production from 1993 (thought it was shot in 1988) and was also release under the alternate title Curse IV: The Ultimate Sacrifice. At least as a bad direct to video sequel it stands a chance at being shit-loved. Sorry to Schmoeller. I actually feel bad about being so mean to one of his movies.
To Be Continued… (the other two movies are reviewed on DOCTERROR.COM)