Horror Hall of Fame

| October 28, 2017

Just in time for Halloween, Mill Creek Entertainment’s Horror Hall of Fame collection offers up a 26-movie marathon dominated by the films of horror icons Vincent Price, Boris Karloff, Christopher Lee, and Peter Cushing. Collected in this set is an array of films both classic and obscure, ensuring that you’ll find something to like in here, be it any of a host of Hammer Films, the well-loved Price pictures Last Man on Earth (1964) or William Castle’s House on Haunted Hill (1959), or any of a half-dozen Karloff films from the 1930’s and 1940’s. And at about a dollar a film given the going rate of this set on Amazon, I find the set easy to recommend for anyone who doesn’t already have these films in their collection.

The set comes packaged in a large, cardboard sleeve featuring the visages of the aforementioned Price, Karloff, Lee and Cushing. Contained therein are five, two-DVD sets and another single-DVD set, all of which have also been released separately by Mill Creek, for a grand total of 9 DVDs. These individual sets packaged in the Hall of Fame include the Classic Horror collection, their two Hammer Films Collections, the Boris Karloff Collection and the single-disc Vincent Price Collection. These I list here because, obviously, if you’ve already added those sets to your collection, you needn’t double-dip by purchasing the Horror Hall of Fame.

My son and I have had a ton of fun working our way through as many of the films in the set we haven’t seen as possible. Though he and I previously watched a bunch of these Hammer Films on Mill Creek’s recent BD releases and we have copies of a lot of the Vincent Price stuff around, there were still titles in here that had eluded me. The Karloff films in particular were all new to me, as were the four films in the rarity-collecting Classic Horror set.

Therein we found what is easily the standout revelation of the entire 26-film collection: The Mad Magician (1954). The film finds Vincent Price playing a young magician who resorts to murder after his tricks are stolen from him by greedy businessmen. One murder inevitably leads to another and another as he tries to cover his tracks and is predictably wonderful in the role. It’s discovering gems like this that make purchasing sets such as these so appealing to me, no matter how many copies of films like House on Haunted Hill I end up with as a result—seriously, I must have a dozen copies of that around here by this point.

So my recommendation is this: if you have half or less of these films in your collection, pick up Horror Hall of Fame. There are a lot of terrific, obscure pictures in the set, meaning you’re bound to find something new and exciting tucked away in here to make it worth your time and investment. To help you determine if it’s indeed worth your time, here’s a complete list of the films collected in the Horror Hall of Fame (listed alphabetically, of course):

The Bat (1959)
Before I Hang  (1940)
The Black Room (1935)
The Boogie Man Will Get You (1942)
Creatures the World Forgot  (1971)
The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb (1964)
The Devil Commands (1941)
Die! Die! My Darling! (1965)
Five (1951)
The Gorgon (1964)
House on Haunted Hill (1959)
The Jackals (1967)
Last Man on Earth (1964)
The Mad Magician (1954)
The Man They Could Not Hang (1939)
The Man Who Turned To Stone (1957)
The Man With Nine Lives (1940)
Maniac (1963)
Never Take Candy From a Stranger (1960)
The Revenge of Frankenstein (1958)
Scream of Fear (1961)
Shock (1946)
The Snorkel (1958)
Stop Me Before I Kill! (1961)
The Terror of the Tongs (1961)
The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll (1960)

About the Author:

Jef is a writer and educator in Chicago, Illinois. He holds a degree in Media & Cinema Studies from DePaul University, but sometimes he drops it and picks it back up again. He's also the Editor-in-Chief of FilmMonthly.com and is fueled entirely by coffee (as if you couldn't tell).

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