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Ultimate Horror - Boogeymen:
The Killer Compilation
featuring: Robert Englund

56 minutes (18) 2001
Universal FlixMix DVD Region 2 retail

RATING: 6/10
reviewed by John M. Peters
To put it simply this DVD collates together representative (gory) scenes from 17 horror and splatter movies along with thumbnail text information about each movie's boogeyman antihero. The nominal compilation of clips lasts for nearly an hour, but you also get the full theatrical trailers for all the movies which pretty much doubles the playing time.
   The movies include: Candyman, Child's Play, The Dentist, Friday The 13th, The Guardian, Halloween, Hellraiser, Leprechaun, A Nightmare On Elm Street, Phantasm, Puppetmaster, Scream, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, The Ugly, and Wishmaster. There's little or no critical assessment of the movies or their characters apart from an inferred 'lookit da jugs on that!' on the various scream divas being sliced, diced and flayed for your edification. This is essentially a digitised version of Fangoria, and on that level it works pretty well, I guess.
   I can't make up my mind as to whether this is a cynical marketing exercise to sell these movies (yet again) to the horror audience, most of whom will surely have the full movies on video, or something more serious. I suspect the former. Buyers beware.
   The DVD extras include character biographies and histories, animated trivia notes that pop up with each clip, an idiosyncratic audio commentary by Robert Englund which adds some extra trivia to the mix (plus the fact that most of the people involved in these movies are all in his address book!), a Name That Frame game plus a load of DVD-ROM material that I can't access.
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