Halloween Special: Round-Up

Before the DVD Times team got together for a night of ‘trick or treat’, they were able to spare a few moments, ink-up their quills and review a small selection of the best and most interesting horror films available on DVD. As diverse as past years, this Halloween was no different with such offerings as Dario Argento’s stylised Suspiria, Richard Donner’s baby-devil The Omen and Richard Franklin’s Aussie chiller Patrick.

Patrick by Gary Couzens
‘Patrick is a well-handled suspense thriller on the edge of horror/fantasy, with a few nods to Hitchcock along the way.’

Frankenstein Created Woman by Mike Sutton
‘In a sense, this is like a sort of prototype rape-revenge movie without the rape and there’s no doubt that we in the audience are delighted to see the three bastards get what’s coming to them.’

The Omen by Michael Mackenzie
‘Rather than going all-out with demons, sorcery and other such hocus-pocus usually associated with films about the Anti-christ, The Omen keeps it simple and delivers its horror in such a way that you can never quite be sure whether or not it's all just coincidence.’

Damien: The Omen II by Gary Couzens
‘We get death by crow (blinded victim stumbles into the path of a truck), death by lift cable and in the best-staged scene, death under ice.’

Opera (Limited Edition) by Michael Mackenzie
‘Opera is a delightfully sadistic and convoluted tale, and provided that you are able to suspend your belief for two hours and accept the various shortcomings that are common in all of Argento's films, it is an incredibly rewarding experience that stops just short of being a classic.’

Darkness Falls by Daniel Stephens
‘Darkness Falls is an enjoyable, if predictable thriller that has plenty of jump-out-your-seat moments and a good deal of suspense throughout.’

Suspiria (Limited Edition) by Michael Mackenzie
‘From its brief opening narration, which is of the "once upon a time" storybook variety, it tells a story of brutal violence and supernatural horror from an extremely childlike perspective.’

Another Heaven by Noel Megahey
‘Another Heaven starts off at a tremendous pace, drawing you straight into the story with a mixture of horror and humour and it keeps this pace up pretty well throughout the two and a quarter hours of the film.’

Le Pharmacien de Garde by Noel Megahey
‘At no point does Le Pharmacien de Garde take itself the least bit seriously, but this seems to have gone completely over the heads of French critics and viewers who have been merciless in their criticism of the film.’

The Entity by Gary Couzens
‘Perhaps sexual violence is a much more sensitive issue over twenty years on, but you can’t help feeling a little uneasy at watching Carla (based, let’s not forget, on a real person) being brutalised on screen.’

To The Devil – A Daughter by Mike Sutton
‘…slick and exciting and the palpably strange atmosphere does help you overlook some of the more obvious flaws.’

The Changeling by Daniel Stephens
‘Medak offers us some genuinely creepy moments throughout the film, and maintains a bitter, downbeat tone throughout.’

The Return Of The Living Dead by Daniel Stephens
‘The great thing about O’Bannon’s film is that it never takes itself too seriously with its straight-faced, mocking of the conventions inherited from the ‘Zombie’ films before it.’

Henry Portrait Of A Serial Killer by Alan Daly
‘…Henry remains possibly the most uncompromisingly bleak and disturbing entry in the serial killer genre…’

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