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Scream Factory All Night Horror Marathon

by Ken Tasho
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Wednesday Oct 16, 2013
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This brand new four-movie DVD collection wouldn’t be out of place in the comedy section of your local store. The "Scream Factory All Night Horror Marathon" has its title slightly wrong, as these obscure films will have you giggling with laughter instead of cowering with fear.

This 2-disc set boldly begins with a brassy tale from 1971. "What’s the Matter with Helen?" was Debbie Reynolds and Shelley Winters answer to "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane." Two aging friends decide to start life anew and together open a dance studio for young children. Helen (Winters) is stalked by a madman and flashes back to her husband’s accidental death often.

Featuring Reynolds in numerous dance sequences, "What’s the Matter with Helen?" is hardly scary. Let’s say it’s just a blast to see these two divas share the same film regardless. Both are pitch perfect in their roles.

Next up is "The Vagrant." Ever hear of it? I never did either, yet Bill Paxton ("Twister") is a nerdy howl in this little seen comedy/horror film. An elusive vagrant moves into the neighborhood and Paxton is hell-bent on exposing the vagrant for the murderous villain he is. Paxton does physical comedy better than imagined, harking back to the manic style of Bruce Campbell in "Evil Dead."

Disc 2 starts off with "The Godsend," the most serious and somber films of the four. A young couple keeps losing their young children to mysterious accidental deaths. Before you can say "Village of the Damned," the film turns its blame to a blond tyke no one would suspect of murder.

"The Godsend" is the best film transfer on this DVD set. The same can’t be said for the final film "The Outing." Also known as "The Lamp," this shoddily shot film has the distinction of being the only movie I know of to feature a killer genie in a bottle. That’s right folks; a murderous genie comes to life and murders anyone in its way. With boobies, bad ’80s hairstyles, and inane plot devices, "The Outing" is definitely frightening.

Even without any special features, this collection is an economic bargain at $10.


"Scream Factory All Night Horror Marathon"
DVD
$9.95
www.shoutfactory.com

Ken Tasho is a Corporate Drone by day and Edge Contributor by night. He has a love for all things ’80’s and resides in the Wayland Square area of Providence, RI...but would much rather be sharing an apartment in NYC with ’80’s rock goddesses Pat Benatar and Deborah Harry.

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