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Witchfinder General

1968 / d. Michael Reeves
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Also released as THE CONQUEROR WORMmis-marketing and misrepresentation are the worst things here. This tale of the lawlessness and witch-hunts during the English Civil War is completely different from Price’s Poe films — not another loose rehash as the title change would have the viewer believe. Daylight filming, real castles, cinematic brutality, and a seriously fine performance by Price shine far beyond the studio packaging.

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Theatre of Blood

1973 / d. Douglas Hickox
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Pure grotesque fun as only Vincent Price can promise to deliver. Starring as a wronged actor seeking vengeance on a group of eccentric critics, Price gleefully hams it up as he slashes, cuts, and quotes lines from Shakespeare. Similar to his DR. PHIBES series, Price delivers poetic justice in highly-intriguing and wicked fashion. All the deaths that occur in the film are modeled after the demises of some of the Bard’s most famous characters. If one were to watch this film for any reason, let it be for these two: not only do you witness Price masquerade as a French gourmet chef stuffing pieces of poodle pie down a cad’s gagging throat, but you also have the rare pleasure of viewing the Prince of Terror disguised as a homosexual hairdresser, with afro, sunglasses, and all political incorrectness included. Pile on top of that killings that involve heart rippings, decapitations, gang stabbings, electrocution by hair dryer, and a spectacular spear to the chest and you have a marvelous show of gruesomeness that should not be missed by any horror fan! (JC)

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Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The

1974 / d. Tobe Hooper
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Controversial, grizzly, terrifying: horror filmmaking at its finest. A repulsive glimpse into the savage side of America in which a group of roadtripping teens are hunted by a family of cannibalistic psychopaths. Too brutal to be considered an ordinary slasher film, THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE is revered for its grainy documentary-style feel, which makes the movie seem all-too-real. A true landmark classic.