Monday, 29 September 2008


With Halloween looming this is the ideal compilation DVD to celebrate with. I was alerted to it by a long review on The Land of Cerpts and Honey and thanks to Cepts himself I finally got to sample its delights. A fun compilation of creepy goodies from the early days of the cinema which has Georges Melies jostling with Jason Watson's THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER and Felix the cat, Mickey Mouse and Tom and Jerry vying for position with a condensed version of Chaney's THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (with a recorded live musical accompaniment) and silent films based on THE NIGHT ON BARE MOUNTAIN and THE WIZARD'S APPENTICE. Lots, Lots more. Rating ****

1 comment:

Cerpts said...

Glad to hear you got a kick outta it! It is indeed the perfect DVD to pop in for the upcoming Halloween season; I would add that a perfect companion DVD to it (and the ultimate Halloween double feature) would be Something Weird's monumentally superb DVD of MONSTERS CRASH THE PAJAMA PARTY which has even more goodies packed into it than the GROTESQUERIES DVD. MONSTERS CRASH in fact was the very deciding factor which finally made me break down and buy my first DVD player many moons ago.

But back to GROTESQUERIES, don't neglect the marvelous audio special features of songs (especially my favourites MYSTERIOUS MOSE and THE GHOST'S HIGH NOON from RUDDIGORE). And even the slideshows are marvelous. What a treat!