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Terror on Tape
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by Jack Sommersby

"Giving Trashy Horror Flicks Their Due"
4 stars

You want gore and nudity and second and third and fourth helpings of these? Boy, do I have a flick for you!

Terror on Tape, a compilation of low-budget horror movies, directed by Robert Worms, is a vast improvement over Andrew J. Kuehn's dreary Terror in the Aisles, which was also a horror-movie compilation but of bigger-budgeted ones that was woefully put together and narrated with unbearable idiocy by Halloween's Donald Pleasance and Dressed to Kill's Nancy Allen ("That was frightening. Wasn't it?"). Not only that, but it included clips from non-horror movies, like the Sylvester Stallone terrorist thriller Nighthawks and the crime flick Vice Squad. Terror on Tape doesn't stumble about like this (well, excepting a clip from the fine political thriller Kidnapping of the President, which was probably included because it was a Continental home-video release like most of the rest of the movies featured here). Rather, it serves up horror veteran Cameron Mitchell (The Toolbox Murders), who plays a ghoulish-looking video-store owner whose spider-web-decorated store houses the movies we're shown clips from, and Mitchell, overacting to the nth degree like a circus clown on crystal meth, devishly explains to a customer why she should rent these films. (He's asked how the store can stay in business for just renting movies for ten cents apiece, and he replies, "There's a ten-dollar charge if the tape isn't rewound.") Among the films are some H.G. Lewis' '60s gore-fests, like Color Me Blood Red and 2000 Maniacs, with the classic barrel-rolling bit from the latter on gruesome display (it involves a Yankee being placed in a barrel with nails in it by some Southerners and rolled down a hill). Romano Scavolini's Nightmare, which has gotten better and better over the years, isn't short of gore and sex, and Worms gives us heaping helpings of these, along with presenting a pure T&A montage from various other movies at the halfway mark. There's Return of the Alien's Deadly Spawn and Alien Prey, and all the "good parts" aren't enough to convince us they're anything better than grade-Z Alien clones. To the Devil a Daughter, with Christopher Lee and a fully-nude Nastassja Kinski, is a crisply-paced treat and a great showcase here for some high-grade Kinski bush. And who can forget the godawful Jaws ripoff Blood Tide, where James Earl Jones emotes like a son of a bitch in a hoary horror tale of a thousands-year-old sea creature terrorizing folks on a Greek island. Also on display are City of the Walking Dead (OK), Frozen Scream (terrible), The Slayer (better than expected), Cathy's Curse (bad), Vampire Hookers (only good for T&A), The Eerie Midnight Horror Show (watchable), and Scalps (dreary). Suffice to say, for some good 'ol undiluted fun, Terror on Tape will more than sate the appetites of gore-hounds and nudity-hounds alike.

Sadly, this little goodie is hard as heck to find a rental copy of. Good luck searching if you're inclined to do so.

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5/07/05 tatum Silly, long infomercial for Continental Video's roster of horror 3 stars
5/06/05 Jack Sommersby A wonderfully enjoyable compilation of awesome gore moments from cheap horror flicks. 5 stars
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  02-Feb-1983 (NR)



Directed by
  Robert Worms

Written by

  Cameron Mitchell
  Michelle Bauer
  Mark Fenske
  Tim Noyes

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