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Icons of Horror Collection: Sam Katzman (The Giant Claw / Creature with the Atom Brain / Zombies of Mora Tau / The Werewolf)

Jeff Morrow , Mara Corday , Fred F. Sears , Edward L. Cahn    Unrated   DVD
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Short on budget but never on drama, four of renowned producer Sam Katzman's most chilling tales demonstrate his creativity and range of vision: The Giant Claw (Jeff Morrow, Mara Dorday. 1957/75 min.), Zombies of Mora Tau (Gregg Palmer, Allison Hayes. 1957/70 min.), Creature with the Atom Brain (Richard Denning, Angela Stevens. 1955/69 min.) and The Werewolf (Steven Ritch, Joyce Holden. 1956/79 min.). Also includes comedy shorts and cartoons. 2 DVDs. B&w/NR/widescreen.


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4.0 out of 5 stars A fine selection of oldies May 11 2009
By Yves-Michel TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Sam Katzman is somewhat of a rebel director. He got himself in trouble when he recruited writers that were on hollywood black list. His movies are well-produced and, a rare fact in B-movies from the 50s, well-acted.

These movie are long on story-telling and low on horrific effects. The producer is walking you through each scenario like someone telling a Campfire story. Zombies, Werewolves, monsters created by mad scientists, it is all there. Little to no gore at all is seen, like if you were watching Horror Film noir or typical saturday matinee shows. In this multi-disk package, the only weak movie is GIANT CLAW... A Godzilla-type of film, in which the only thing missing is Ultraman coming to the rescue !!!! All the others are very entertaining, but standard.

This Boxset is a must-own for B-movies or horror film lovers. It is the answer to the perennial question : "Are there horror films that I can watch with my girlfriend ?".... Recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Okay , so it took 50 years... Oct. 18 2007
By Videonut - Published on Amazon.com
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Most Boomers already know why they love these particular flicks, so I'll get right to the important stuff: The Giant Claw, The Werewolf and Zombies of Mora Tau are all in the Anamorphic widescreen format (Creature with the Atom Brain is fullscreen). All the prints are sharp with crisp soundtracks. This is really a long way from all the poor bootlegs and cable copies that many Boomers were forced to live with for so many decades.

Although these films are important to many who grew up with them, either seeing them during their first runs in the movies or later on Chiller Theater, some newer viewers may not see them in the same light (many younger people won't bother watching them for the simple fact that they're not in color). But then again, these newer viewers will never know of that magical time when these flicks were lighting up the huge screens in Movie Palaces and Drive-In theaters throughout the country.

It will be the true enthusiasts of this genre who will see this set as a home run, especially at these prices. Kill the lights, then hold tightly onto your honey and enjoy!
71 of 77 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rainy Saturdays and the Saturday Afternoon horror double feature Aug. 29 2007
By John D. Page - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm still in the second childhood phase and looking for all the old movies I watched as a child. This collection features some of the movies that I watched on those long ago Saturdays. While not great they are very fun and in some cases very funny.
1.The Giant Claw= The last word on monster fx's. You can see the strings and the "bird" looks laughable, but the movie is still great fun if you let it be.
2.The Werewolf= An "atomic" twist on the old werewolf legend and really pretty good
3.Zombies Of Mora Tua= Silly and very funny.
4.The Creature With The Atom Brain= Brain dead fun
Not for all taste but some fun for anyone who loves these old cheesy movies like I do.
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5.0 out of 5 stars childhood nightmares Oct. 9 2007
By RONDANTO - Published on Amazon.com
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My dad took me to the movies back in the 1950's when "The Werewolf" and"Creature with the Atom Brain " were in their first run theatrical release. After seeing "Creature" this 8yr old boy was afraid to go to bed.
It haunted me for a long, long time. When I saw it again as an adult those childhood chills came right back. Glad these classics are getting a top notch release replacing the terrible copies made from poor prints.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Finally we have THE WEREWOLF on DVD! Nov. 22 2007
By Nightflyer - Published on Amazon.com
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I am thrilled to have all these films on DVD at last, but the main reason I bought it was for THE WEREWOLF. Opinions on the other films may differ (I personally think ZOMBIES OF MORA TAU is vastly underrated and is a great early entry in the zombie genre--it may seem silly now but it sure didn't then!), but few would deny that THE WEREWOLF is a terrific film. I saw it when it first came out, double-billed with EARTH VS. THE FLYING SAUCERS. I was 10 at the time, and had already seen all sorts of horror films, but none of them scared me. My parents weren't sure I should see this film, but I insisted. They were right--this movie scared the hell out of me, as no film had before or has since. I had nightmares for weeks.

I watched the film many times during the next 10 years, first at matinees, then on the late show (it used to be a staple of late-night horror broadcasts). Then the film virtually disappeared, until recently when TCM showed it now and then. Although the movie doesn't have quite the same impact on me today as it did when I was 10, I still think it's damn scary. And now FINALLY it's available on DVD.

Although the transformation scenes and the werewolf's appearance are frightening enough, the great things about this film are the acting (Steven Ritch in the title role gives a wonderful performance), the plot and script, and the location photography. Also, it's one of the first films to combine horror with sci-fi. And it's played straight--there's none of the silliness and self-parody that mars more recent entries in the werewolf genre.

I urge everyone who loves werewolf movies to check this one out. And remember--in its day, this was one terrifying film!
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4.0 out of 5 stars What's in the boxset? July 29 2007
By joseph Corey - Published on Amazon.com
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Are you pondering the question: Who is Sam Katzman and why is he an icon of horror? Sam was a producer of B movies. He was the one who introduced Col. Tom to the idea of cranking out cheaper Elvis movies with "Kissin Cousins" and "Harum Scarum." He also made a few Ray Harryhausen films. He cranked out Rock Around the Clock and Twist Around the Clock. He coined the term "Beatnik." He produced over 200 movies during his lifetime. This collects 4 of his scary flicks

THE GIANT CLAW (1957),
THE WEREWOLF (1956),
ZOMBIES OF MORA TAU (1957)
and CREATURE WITH THE ATOM BRAIN (1955).
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