A cult classic from the master of the B-movie himself, director Roger Corman, and producer Francis Ford Coppola available for the first time in thrilling High Definition Blu-Ray/dvd combo pack starting April 26th.
Plot-In one of Jack Nicholson’s first roles he plays Lt. Andre Duvalier, a soldier in Napoleon s army in 19th century France, separated from his regiment. He awakens on a beach to the sight of a strange woman who leads him to the gothic, towering castle that serves as home to eerie Baron Von Leppe (Boris Karloff). But, as Duvalier soon discovers, nothing is what it seems in this ghastly, haunted mansion of death…
Review-This film was originally released 48 years ago. And the transfer on blu ray was very well done. Though, there are no extras on the blu ray or dvd. Esp. with the back-story of this film. 101 horror films ever had a story about this film that I found interesting. This film was rumored to be a throw away film, filmed in only 4 days on a set and was done on the cheap using The Raven sets. Now, this rumor was never confirmed or denied but it would have been awesome to see if this urban legend was real, in form of at least a interview. Oh well, on to the film. To see Karloff in this film is sad, he was elderly and you can tell he was sick and not himself. Does the film have flaws, yes but you know what, this film was ok. I notice most of the haters on this film are not even horror fans. This film had a decent flow and the ending was fun. I wont lie, this was the first time I ever witnessed this film, and it held my attention. The aspect ratio fills a 16:9 screen and its sound is in 5.1 surround. I thought it sounded terrific. This film clearly tried to outsmart itself, by giving twist after twist. But, this film was a good little 79 minute watch. I have since watched it on Netflix instant just to see the quality, and I will say this..spend the money if you are a fan and get the blu ray.
7 out of 10