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|Universal Horror Collection: Volume 6 (2020)|
Scream/Shout! Factory, USA • $69.97
Get ready for more thrills and chills! Volume 6 of the Universal Horror Collection includes four tales of terror
from the archives of Universal Pictures, the true home of classic horror. Boris Karloff stars as a doctor who
risks his own life to save the captives of a mad count in The Black Castle. Vengeance is sworn against
six men who witness a ceremony where beautiful women turn into serpents in Cult of the Cobra. In
The Thing That Couldn't Die, when a young psychic discovers a box that contains the living
head of an executed devil worshiper . . . heads will roll! A cat witnesses the murder of her owner . . . and
this cat is hell-bent on revenge in The Shadow of the Cat.
"Film critic/authors Kim Newman and Stephen Jones provide a video appreciation of one of the studios most prolific
periods in the new segment Universal Horror Strikes Back!—A Look at Universal Horror in the '40s. These two
scholars are clearly having fun sharing their excitement for the era."
"Universal Horror Strikes Back! is a conversation between Kim Newman and Stephen Jones about the studio's output in the 1940s. The big takeaway is how when the monster movies started, the filmmakers either dealt with the subject with elements of German Expressionism or with English directors. They speak of both the franchise horror characters and the lesser-known films."
"This disc also contains a fourteen-minute featurette entitled Universal Horror Strikes Back! In this piece, Kim Newman and Stephen Jones get together to talk about Universal's horror output of the 1940s (which isn't really represented in this set, but I digress), how it differs from what came before, influences that worked their way into the studio's output and more. It's interesting stuff, these two are always as amusing to watch or listen to as they are informative and knowledgeable."
"Also included is a new featurette on the '40s Universal pictures with Kim Newman and Stephen Jones. Newman takes up the majority of the time but both relive the alternate horror franchises of Universal's new line of movies."
"A great lil' featurette (a love letter really) about the latter films in Universal's horror stable."
"A neat conversation."
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