Scream Theater Vol.3 (DVD Review)

Scream Theater Vol.3 (DVD Review)

📅03 October 2012, 22:32

Scream Theater Vol.3 (DVD Review)
Where to get it: VCI Entertainment

Don’t Open the Door (1979)
Director: S.F. Brownrigg

In this effective low-budget cult-classic from director S.F. Brownrigg (Keep My Grave Open, Scum of the Earth, Don’t Look in the Basement), a dutiful granddaughter goes home to take care of her dying grandmother. Once there, she finds herself trapped inside the house with a homicidal maniac and all hell breaks loose.

This old school horror flick is the prime example of the slow burn style of the 70s. However coming into the 80s and the more splatter fest oriented films, this one did get a little lost in the fold then and it does get a little lost on its audience now. The majority of the film is our character getting weird phone calls and walking in cautious manner around the house. The trouble with that is the fact we have very little payoff and a predictable ending to boot. It is at least a little cool to get a look at it because of its history and vibe, but you get little more from this one other than just that.

(4.5/10)

Don’t Look in the Basement (1972)
Director: S.F. Brownrigg

Nurse Charlotte Beale arrives at the isolated Stephens Sanitarium to work, only to learn that Dr. Stephens was murdered by one of the patients and his successor, Dr. Geraldine Masters, is not very eager to take on new staff. Charlotte finds her job maddeningly hard as the patients torment and harass her at every turn, and she soon learns why Dr. Masters is so eager to keep outsiders out.

Here we have a movie that is hampered by much of the same issues that our other films has. However things are brought up a bit due to our wild characters and the gore that the film does have. And keep in mind it does the gore a lot better than the other film and is actually older. If you like a little blood to hold you over in between the slower parts you’ll have an OK time with this movie. Its age does show in a bad more than once regardless.

(5/10)

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