Hollywood Horror House (1973) (Blu-ray/DVD Review)

Hollywood Horror House (1973) (Blu-ray/DVD Review)

Hollywood Horror House (1973) (Blu-ray/DVD Review)

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Hollywood Horror House (1973) (Blu-ray/DVD Review)
Directed By: Donald Wolfe
Starring: Miriam Hopkins, David Garfield, Gale Sondergaard
Rated: UR/Region O/1:85/1080p/Number of Discs 2
Available from Vinegar Syndrome

Vic Valance (David Garfield) is an enigmatic young man who has manipulated his way into working at the decaying mansion of a once prolific, but now reclusive and alcoholic, movie star named Katharine Packard (Miriam Hopkins). While the rest of the house staff become suspicious of Vic’s intentions, the aging movie queen finds in him a companion and, she hopes, a lover. But as Vic begins behaving in more and more erratic ways, it becomes clear that he’s far more sinister than his demeanor implies and might in fact be a vicious serial killer who has been murdering and dismembering middle-aged women in Hollywood…

Hollywood is a weird place and it is getting even weirder with a killer on the loose in Hollywood Horror House! A movie that also goes by the title of The Savage Intruder. Here in this one a killer moves his way into the house of ageing Hollywood star. At first he just rubs the other staff the wrong way and then when things start to fall apart for him he proceeds to get rid of others by any means he can. This usually ends up with the people being buried in the garden. Hollywood Horror House feels like an older movie than it is but it brings its stock up by way of some gruesome stuff and ahead of its time gore. It’s like someone tried to make a H.G. Lewis movie by way of classing it up just a little bit. I don’t know if everyone who runs across it will love it for what it is, even with the gore, but the movie is extremely interesting to me and I think it has some good acting performances.

We have the early makings of a good ol’ fashioned American slasher here with some very create shots in this one to go along with it. Probably better than it has any right to be, but still good enough to attract fans of slashers to fans of some Troma stuff, even if it never goes off the rails like a Troma movie tends to do. Our killer played by David Garfield is a very interesting cat and his interactions with the movies ageing actress played by Miriam Hopkins brings a really cool dynamic. I think this one is pretty solid overall and comes with a very stellar looking transfer than compliments the film’s look really well. It also packs a pretty fun audio commentary on the extras by with David Decoteau of RapidHeart.tv and David Del Valle of SinisterImage.com to help you along with a re-watch.

Extras

  • Region Free Blu-ray/DVD combo
  • Newly scanned & restored in 4k from its 35mm camera negative
  • Historical commentary track with David Decoteau of RapidHeart.tv and David Del Valle of SinisterImage.com
  • Promotional image gallery
  • Reversible cover artwork
  • English SDH subtitles

Quality of Transfer: 97%

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