Friday, January 12, 2018

The Horror Show (1979)

Director: Richard Schickel

Writer: Richard Schickel

Composer: Lex de Azevedo

Starring: Anthony Perkins

More info: IMDb

Tagline: The scariest moments from the scariest movies of all time!

Plot: A history of horror movies hosted by Anthony Perkins, and featuring clips from scores of horror and sci-fi classics.

My rating: 8/10

Will I watch it again?  Nah.

I loves me some Anthony Perkins so watching this was a no-brainer.  He's best when he's on screen.  He sells it but there's a spark missing when he's just narrating offscreen.  The first two thirds is almost entirely devoted to the biggies with vampires, Frankensteins, mummies and werewolves, spending most of that time before 1960.  Then it's a somewhat chronological journey to the atomic 50s and more.  That final third leaves out a lot of great titles which will surprise you but it's still makes for a fun watch.  Fans of the genre won't learn a single thing but if you enjoy genre clips shows and Perkins then fire this one up.

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