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Don't Scream: It's Only a Movie! (1985)

Documentary tracing the history of horror films from the silent period to the splatter films of the 1980s. Hosted by genre stalwart Vincent Price, segments include 'naked fear and terror ... See full summary »

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Documentary tracing the history of horror films from the silent period to the splatter films of the 1980s. Hosted by genre stalwart Vincent Price, segments include 'naked fear and terror torture'. includes clips from many Dick Randall productions 'Crocodile', 'Pieces', 'Queen of Black Magic' and 'Don't Open Till Christmas'. Written by Gavcrimson (gavcrimson@tesco.net)

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A Hard Watch
23 September 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This was available on YouTube for a while but is otherwise quite a rare find having been produced for Direct To Video release in the '80's. Director Ray Selfe a largely unsung contributor to the golden age of British exploitation cinema told me that Vincent Price's footage was shot in one day but the budget seems to have stretched to a change of jacket for Mr Price which might have been to boost the production values or Ray may have been mistaken and taken two days to shoot Prices on camera sequences. Apart from VP's presence to tell the history of cinematic horror and in similar fashion to another Ray Selfe production "The Casting Couch" everything else is made up of Public Domain footage from Ray's archive with some stuff from Dick Randall the Producers back catalogue which brings this almost up to date for the time this was made. plus a wild card excerpt from Paul Hart-Wilden's "Horror Film" according to the films credits, which may be "Horrorshow" (1990) from Hart-Wilden's IMDb page. PHW also provided the original story for another Randall epic, "Living Doll". The end credits give 1989 as the copyright date for this but IMDb give 1985 as the production date which seems more likely. Ray also claimed to have been the original , unaccredited, editor on "Friday the 13th" which provides some clips here and suggests some Randall/Spectacular involvement in that not mentioned on IMDb. Which might suggest "Friday the 13th" is actually a British Production!!!

BTW about the same time as this Ray was working on a video release of "Phantom of the Opera" (Chaney) with a music track by Rick Wakeman! another rarity


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