No lover of horror anthology movies can afford to miss this great 1940’s British quintet of terror tales entitled “Dead Of Night.”
Directed by a variety of filmmakers including Basil Dearden, Alberto Cavalcanti, Charles Crichton and Robert Hamer, Dead Of Night (1945) was a post WW2 film which was made right after a period when horror films were banned in Britain.
This is a solid pentalogy of British horror, but perhaps the standout is the story called “Ventriloquist’s Dummy.” (pictured) starring period favorite Michael Redgrave. In the story, Redgrave plays a rather mentally unstable ventriloquist who believes that his dummy has taken on a life of it’s own..with horrifying consequences. Seeing this for the first time as a youngster, this segment made me lose a few nights of sleep to be sure!
Considered one of Italian director Mario Bava’s greatest films, the horror anthology movie “Black Sabbath” ranks among the best in this sub-genre of horror.
Black Sabbath is a 1970’s trilogy of terror tales featuring three distinct stories, all with their own level of effectiveness.
The two standouts are “The Wurdalak” starring Boris Karloff in a period piece vampire tale about a man who encounters a family of blood suckers and makes the grand mistake of falling in love with one of them. Creepy and atmospheric, this segment is enhanced by Karloff’s sinister role as grandfather of the Gorca vampire clan.
Perhaps my favorite is the story entitled “The Drop of Water” wherein a nurse decides to steal a coveted ring off the hand of a recently deceased spiritualist, only to discover that even in death some people prefer to keep their possesions.
As a youngster I remember this one scared the hell out of me. The visage of the old woman (pictured above) coming after the nurse was frightening and very effective.
I believe Netflix is currently carrying Black Sabbath, and of course you can always find the DVD on sale from CD Universe.
Here are some new stills from the “Five Miles Straight Ahead” segment for Horror Anthology Movie Volume 1, produced and directed by King Jeff. The story is about a group of black soldiers who are sent on an intel mission deep inside a forest in Italy during World War 2, and discover something something far more horrifying than they could have possibly imagined.
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Horror anthologies have been popular since the 1920’s with German filmmaker Leo Birinsky’s trilogy of terror called Waxworks, and they continue to thrive today with successful releases like “VHS.”
This site has been created for two reasons. The first and foremost is to take the viewer on a trip through the filmmaking process as we create our own feature appropriately titled “Horror Anthology Movie Volume 1.” This film will have five short stories and you will see photos and trailers from the segments as they are made throughout 2013, with the target release month of October.
We will also showcase some of the best horror anthology films ever made including Creepshow, Tales From The Crypt, Trilogy Of Terror, Asylum and many more. Look for posts about horror series like Monsters, Fear Itself and Masters Of Horror as well.
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King Jeff and Gorio of Jeti Films present the first film of our anthology entitled “Five Miles Straight Ahead.”
This short Twilight Zone style horror film is about four black soldiers during world war 2 who are sent on a scouting mission deep into an Italian forest, but soon find that terror and death await five miles straight ahead..
King Jeff, Gorio & Keelan Jiles make a grisly discovery in Five Miles Straight Ahead.
Sargeant Hunter (Gorio) searches for a missing soldier in Five Miles Straight Ahead.