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Boris Karloff Collection


   Fear Chamber aka Torture Zone (1968)                                House of Evil aka Dance of Death (1968)

Isle of the Snake People aka Cult of the Dead (1971)                         Alien Terror aka The Incredible Invasion (1971) 


Fear Chamber (1968) - A scientist notices strange frequencies coming from within the Earth. He and his assistants discover a living rock underneath a volcano. They bring the rock to their lab, and discover that it needs the hormones that are produced by humans when they are fearful in order to survive. They then abduct and sacrifice young girls to keep the living rock alive.

House of Evil (1968) - Relatives of a recently deceased man meet at his eerie castle for a reading of the will. They encounter a sinister piano player who turns out to be a toy maker, and his toys are imbued with murderous intentions.

Isle of the Snake People (1971) - Evil scientist runs a veritable army of LSD crazed zombies.

Alien Terror (1971) - In the European village of Gudenberg in 1890, Prof. Mayer and his assistant Isabel have created a powerful ray machine. One of the powerful rays is shot into space and attracts a flying saucer. The alien pilot decides that the ray poses too great a threat to the universe and must be destroyed. Sex murderer Thomas is possessed by an alien intelligence and infiltrates Mayer's household; Mayer himself is later taken over by an alien mind.







Theatrical Releases: 1968 - 71





VCI Entertainment (2-disc) - Region 0 - NTSC


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Distribution VCI Entertainment - Region 0 - NTSC

1.33:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.1 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

VCI Entertainment Disc 1

VCI Entertainment Disc 2

Audio Dolby 2.0
Subtitles None

Release Information:
Studio: VCI Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
All 1.33 Aspect Ratios 

Edition Details:
• None

DVD Release Date: September 11th, 20
One Keep Case
Chapters: 4 X 4





Firstly, Jack Hill and Juan Ibáñez are credited as directors of these last four Boris Karloff films. They are low budget and made in Mexico. They seems to be produced by the same entity and share similarities (see titles above). Despite some of the production values being surprisingly good - as in costumes of the gothic period efforts - there is also over-the-top make-up, gore effects and incongruous sleaze in the films. In short - they are very poor and Karloff is in them mostly in brief sequences.

NOTE: These are also the cut home video versions created in 1987. All four films originally ran about 90 mins.

VCI's image quality is poor, bordering on unwatchable. The four films are on 2 single-layered DVD discs. The SD transfers are interlaced have frayed edges down the left edge, strange scratches and very dark scenes obscuring characters and detail.

Audio is likewise weak with dialogue being less-clear and background noise being hazy and lacking depth. There are, unfortunately, no subtitles on these two region 0 NTSC DVDs.

There are no extras.

This VCI is a throwaway excepting for the very curious. We preferably recommend Universal's The Boris Karloff Collection (REVIEWED HERE) - with Night Key (1937), Tower of London (1939), The Climax (1944), The Strange Door (1951), and The Black Castle (1952) or Sony's Icons of Horror Collection Boris Karloff - (REVIEWED HERE) - with The Boogie Man Will Get You (1942), The Black Room (1935), The Man They Could Not Hang (1939) and Before I Hang (1940) - Warner's Boris Karloff Triple Feature (REVIEWED HERE) with West of Shanghai (1937), The Invisible Menace (1938) and Devil’s Island (1939). We also strongly recommend James Whale's The Old Dark House on Blu-ray (REVIEWED HERE).  

Gary W. Tooze

















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