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 Post subject: Halloween at Poundland
PostPosted: Sat Sep 25, 2010 9:26 am 
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It's that time of the year again, and so Poundland have brought out their bargain basement horror DVDs.

Last year they were selling off Argento DVDs. This year there's a range of horror films from the 50s, including "Attack of the Crab Monsters", "Fiend Without a Face", "White Zombie", "The Brain That Wouldn't Die" and the 'classic' "Plan 9 From Outer Space". According to my horror film guide some of these aren't that bad, some are very good and some it doesn't want to talk about.

There's also some modern stuff, like "The Children" and "Waz" (or "W-delta-Z").

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Looks like I'm off to poundland at some point this week then!

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I have found that you can make a very plausible Fiend Without A Face out of bluetac.

Obviously I was supposed to be doing something else at the time.

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Pete wrote:
There's also some modern stuff, like "The Children" and "Waz" (or "W-delta-Z").


Both are good films, too!

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Cheers for the heads up Tony. I'll snag both those.

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I have found that you can make a very plausible Fiend Without A Face out of bluetac.


Perhaps a bit high tech by 1950s standards, though you could probably get an sfx job with Ed Wood :lol:

I saw "Plan 9" a long time ago and don't recall it being as bad as it's often made out to be, but more a case of comedy by default rather than intent.

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Today took the plunge and picked up "Plan 9 From Outer Space". On the back of the case it has 'NB: This DVD may highlight the limitations of the original film recording or the source material.' I can't recall seeing that on a DVD before.

Also got "Firestarter", with Drew Barrymore and Martin Sheen.

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I didn't see Firestarter.

I'll have to take a look in the Brighton Poundland, now I'm back.

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I've never seen "Firestarter", so was quite glad to have snagged that one, but it might not be widely available. All the Poundland shops I've been in recently have had masses of the 'old' horrors, but new stuff is harder to find (or selling quickly). I've only seen "Firestarter" in Norwich, which didn't have "Waz" or "The Children".

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Well I've only checked the Southend one. I'll check the Brighton one this afternoon, and probably (if I can find one) in London at the weekend. I'll feedback as to what I find.

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I didn't know they were doing films, I only got as far as the Toblerone and the hair shampoo?

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The mind boggles :lol:

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Cheers for the heads-up Pete. I've bought House on Haunted Hill, Fiend Without A Face, and the Attack of the Crab Monsters. Was tempted by Wasp Girl and a couple of others, but decided not to go mad. Didn't see Plan 9 in Norwich, but as far as I remember it's not worth seeing twice anyway.

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Didn't see Plan 9 in Norwich, but as far as I remember it's not worth seeing twice anyway.


P9FOS is definitely not worth seeing twice... in any part of the world!

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I've bought House on Haunted Hill, Fiend Without A Face, and the Attack of the Crab Monsters.


I've had "House on Haunted Hill" for years and think it's great fun, and "White Zombie" is also excellent, with Lugosi in fine form as a plantation owner come voodoo bigwig. "Fiend Without a Face", "The Brain that Wouldn't Die" and "Attack of the Crab Monsters" are the ones that get a decent write up in my horror movie guide, but not so much "The Wasp Woman".

One to avoid - "The Creature from the Haunted Sea", which has to be one of the worst films I have ever seen. Completely ludicrous plot, naff dialogue, characters who are bonkers and keep wandering in and out of shot to no purpose, and a monster with a head like Beaker out of "The Muppet Show". And I also have vague memories of a man standing in a phone box on an otherwise empty desert island.

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Pete wrote:
a monster with a head like Beaker out of "The Muppet Show".


You've almost sold it to me on that line!

Actually, I did pick that up and put it down again when I saw "horror humour" as the film's description. Might go back and get White Zombie. It rang a bell, but then I realised I was thinking of "I Walked WIth A Zombie"

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