The Horror Collection from Momentum

Momentum Pictures

have announced the UK Region 2 DVD release of four classic horror films on 20th October 2003. Carrying a retail price of £12.99 each are: The Brides of Fu Manchu, Vengeance of Fu Manchu, The Face of Fu Manchu and The Mummy's Shroud.

Each will be presented in Anamorphic Widescreen with English Mono audio while both The Face of Fu Manchu and The Mummy's Shroud will feature trailers as a bonus. You can find the artwork for these titles here while the synopsis for each as taken from the PR follows...

The infamous oriental mastermind Fu Manchu first appeared in Sax Rohmer's series of novels, and since then has appeared in numerous comics and on the big screen, including the hugely popular series of 1960s films starring Christopher Lee. Fu Manchu's mission is to destroy the Western World and remake it in the glorious image of the East using his mastery of both ancient mystical abilities and modern scientific advances. Retaining his youth and strength via a magic drug called the Elixir Vitae, he is aided and abetted by extraordinary hypnotic abilities.

Joining this trio of films is The Mummy's Shroud, a superb example of the Hammer Horror films, and notable as the last to be made at Bray Studios. Shocking audiences in true Hammer style, it undoubtedly contributed to the huge success of the studio and is an enduring classic.

The Face of Fu Manchu (1965) - Grisly strangulations in London alert Nayland Smith of Scotland Yard to the possibility that fiendish Fu Manchu may not after all be dead, even though Smith witnessed his execution. A killer spray made from Tibetan berries seems to be involved and clues keep leading back to the Thames.

The Brides of Fu Manchu (1966) - Christopher Lee returns as Sax Rohmer's insidious Asian villain Fu Manchu for the second time of his five vehicles. This time Fu Manchu and his army of henchmen are kidnapping the daughters of prominent scientists and taking them to his remote island headquarters. Instead of asking for ransom, Fu demands that the fathers help him to build a death ray, which he intends to use to take over the world. But Fu's archenemy, Nayland Smith of Scotland Yard, is determined not to let that happen.

Vengeance of Fu Manchu (1967) - In his remote Asian hideaway the evil Fu Manchu plots the death and discredit of his arch rival, Inspector Nayland Smith of Scotland Yard, as the first step in his plan to become leader of the world's most terrible criminals.

The Mummy's Shroud (1967) - In 1920 an archaeological expedition discovers the tomb of an ancient Egyptian child prince. Returning home with their discovery, the expedition members soon find themselves being killed off by a mummy, which can be revived by reading the words off the prince's burial shroud.

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