'Scared Silly: 13 Classic Horror Comedies'
(Jack Nicholson, Ava Gardner, Bela Lugosi, Jack Haley, The Ritz Brothers, et al / 3-DVD / R / 2015 / Mill Creek Entertainment)
Overview: With over 15 hours of Horror Comedies, these 13 Classics will Make You Scream With Laughter!
DVD Verdict: Disc 1 kicks off the 13 movies with 'Creature from the Haunted Sea' (Starring: Antony Carbone, Betsy Jones-Moreland, Robert Towne - 1961, BW, 75 Minutes, Not Rated) and tells the tale of an American gangster who agrees to transport a group of Caribbean island exiles and their national treasury to safe haven - with the intent of eliminating the exiles and keeping the money. Hoping to use the local legend of a sea monster as cover for killing off the soldiers, the gangster and his crew discover that the legend is true! In 'The Creeping Terror' (Starring: Vic Savage, Shannon O Neal, William Thourlby - 1964, BW, 77 Minutes, Not Rated), a creature that looks like a cross between a Chinese dragon puppet and the Pope sucks up people into its maw. A sheriff, his wife, and a "handsome" scientist battle it to the end, with a sub plot about the evils of bachelorhood.
In 'Deathrow Gameshow' (Starring: John McCafferty, Debra Lamb, Robyn Blythe - 1987, Color, 81 Minutes, Rated R), Chuck Toedan's the host of a game show featuring death row convicts competing in life-or-death contests in hopes of cheating the executioner or, at the very least, winning some nice prizes for their next of kin. Not surprisingly, Chuck has made more than a few enemies, from outraged viewers trying to ban his show, to families of losing contestants looking for revenge. In 'Ghosts on the Loose' (Starring: Ava Gardner, Bela Lugosi, The East End Kids - 1943, BW, 65 Minutes, Not Rated), Glimpy's surprisingly beautiful sister is getting married to Jack, a young engineer, and moving to a 'bargain' suburban house neither has ever seen. During the honeymoon, the East Side Kids decide to fix up the house for the newlyweds, but mistakenly pick the 'haunted' house next door, which is occupied by some mysterious live men, dodging in and out of secret panels and clearly up to no good!
Disc 2 begins with the classic 'Little Shop of Horrors' (Starring: Jack Nicholson, Jonathan Haze, Jackie Joseph - 1960, BW, 73 Minutes, Not Rated), where Seymour is a young man who works in a flower store. He manages to create a carnivorous plant that feeds on human flesh. Nobody knows about it, so Seymour and the plant become good "friends". The plant needs food to grow up, so it convinces him to start killing people! In 'Manos: The Hands of Fate' (Starring: Tom Neyman, John Reynolds, Diane Mahree - 1966, Color, 69 Minutes, Not Rated), a family driving through a small town gets lost and winds up at a backwoods shack managed by Torgo, who takes care of it while The Master is away. The Master worships Manos, an evil deity, and he also wears a neat cape. When Torgo lets the family stay, The Master awakens and does mean stuff like burning off Torgo's hand and sicking his dog on the family pet. Meanwhile, The Master's wives wrestle for his favor!
In the brilliantly-titled 'My Mom's a Werewolf' (Starring: Susan Blakely, John Saxon, John Schuck - 1989, Color, 88 Minutes, Rated PG), frustrated housewife Leslie visits an animal shop to purchase a flea-collar. Unknowing that the owner is a werewolf, she accepts his invitation to lunch and later in his apartment. Through a bite in her toe he starts her slow transformation in a werewolf. Home again, she desperately tries to hide the often disgusting process from her family, but her daughter Jennifer and her - from horror magazines well educated - friend recognize what's going on, and help to kill the non-human. In 'One Body Too Many' (Starring: Bela Lugosi, Jack Haley, Jean Parker - 1944, BW, 76 Minutes, Not Rated), Insurance salesman Albert Tuttle arrives at the Cyrus J. Rutherford estate to sell the millionaire some life insurance. Rutherford is already dead and his heirs have gathered at the mansion to hear the reading of the will. Rutherford's will won't be read until he is properly entombed and the heirs are forced to stay on the premises or be denied their inheritance. Tuttle soon finds himself mixed up in shenanigans involving Rutherford's niece, secret passages, a missing body and murder.
The last disc, Disc 3 starts with 'A Bucket of Blood' (Starring: Dick Miller, Barboura Morris, Anthony Carbone - 1959, BW, 65 Minutes, Not Rated), brings us Walter Paisley (Miller), a nerdy busboy at a Bohemian café who is jealous of the talent (and popularity) of its various artistic regulars. But after accidentally killing his landlady's cat and covering the body in plaster to hide the evidence, he is acclaimed as a brilliant sculptor - but his new-found friends want to see more of his work. Lacking any artistic talent whatsoever, Walter has to resort to similar methods to produce new work, and soon people start mysteriously disappearing! In 'The Gorilla' (Starring: The Ritz Brothers, Lionel Atwell, Anita Louise - 1939, BW, 66 Minutes, Not Rated), when a wealthy man (Atwill) is threatened by a killer known as The Gorilla, he hires the Ritz Brothers to investigate. A real escaped gorilla shows up at the mansion just as the investigators arrive!
In 'King of the Zombies' (Starring: Dick Purcell, John Archer, Mantan Moreland - 1941, BW, 68 Minutes, Not Rated), during World War 2, a small plane off the south coast of America is low on fuel and blown off course by a storm. Guided by a faint radio signal, they crashland on an island. The passenger, his manservant and the pilot take refuge in a mansion owned by a doctor. The easily-spooked manservant soon becomes convinced the mansion is haunted by zombies and ghosts. In the delightful romp 'Scared Stiff' (Starring: Jack Haley, Ann Savage, Barton MacLane - 1945, BW, 65 Minutes, Not Rated), the jumpy chess editor at a newspaper accidentally gets involved in some murders at a sleazy tavern run by a pair of bizarre brothers. And finally, in 'Spooks Run Wild' (Starring: Bela Lugosi, Leo Gorcey, Huntz Hall - 1941, BW, 65 Minutes, Not Rated), a group of boys are sent to a mountain camp. Stranded in a small rural town, they hear about a "monster killer" roaming the countryside. At night, they sneak out. Peewee is shot by a grave-digger, and they are forced to seek aid at an old mansion. The owner of the mansion (Lugosi), insists that the boys spend the night. After seeing PeeWee walk around the house in a trance, the boys decide that the man turned him into a zombie! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.