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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

The VHS Archives: Jim O'Connolly's TOWER OF EVIL (1972)

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TOWER OF EVIL
Jim O'Connolly's Tower of Evil (1972)

The VHS Archives Factsheet
Label: Gorgon Video
Catalog: MP3070
Box Type: Clamshell
Year of Release: ?
Runtime: 89:14
Print: 1.33:1 / English / No subs
Extras: None

About the Film
Director: Jim O'Connolly
Year of Release: 1972
Country of Origin: U.K.
Stars: Bryant Haliday, Jill Haworth, Gary Hamilton, Anna Palk, Robin Askwith, Dennis Price
AKAs: Horror on Snape Island, Beyond the Fog, The Devil's Tower

Verbatim Box Synopsis
One of the most brutal and mysterious stories ever to be released in home video Tower of Evil is a haunting tale set in and around a deserted lighthouse on fog shrouded Snape Island.
The terror begins when a nude, crazed woman slaughters a sailor who visits the island. When she is taken back to civilization and an ancient relic is discovered, an expedition is mounted to solve the mystery of the island which leads to a series of psychosexual murders.
A truly horrifying movie, which is not for everyone. 

U.S. Gorgon Video / MPI Home Video sleeve!

U.S. VCI Command Performance slipcase!

U.K. Iver Films Services sleeve, courtesy of the IFS Tribute Site!

Dutch Video Screen sleeve, courtesy of Cult VHS!

Danish Video International sleeve, courtesy of Hans-Jorn Reimer 

French Hollywood Video sleeve, courtesy of L'antre de l'horreur!

German Video Medien Pool glassbox sleeve!

German VPS Video sleeve!

German Vestrada Filmworks sleeve!

Italian Cine Club sleeve!

Norwegian CP Entertainment sleeve, courtesy of Norsk VHS!

Greek Alligator Video Enterprises sleeve!


Theatrical trailer, uploaded by "TREVOR1369"!


And the much more exploitative French trailer, 
uploaded by "braniki1"!

Looking for Tower of Evil on VHS? It's available on Amazon here. There's an early DVD release from Elite Entertainment, but real fans will want Scorpion Releasing's excellent DVD or (preferably) Blu Ray which supplies a gorgeous MGM-remastered print!

Investigate more titles with Project: MPI!

For a look at other labels, check out The VHS Archives!

© 2013 -- Bruce Holecheck. All Rights Reserved.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

The VHS Archives: Antony Balch's HORROR HOSPITAL (1973)

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HORROR HOSPITAL
Antony Balch's Horror Hospital (1973)

The VHS Archives Factsheet
Label: Gorgon Video
Catalog: MP3069
Box Type: Clamshell
Year of Release: ?
Runtime: 90:19
Print: 1.33:1 / English / No subs
Extras: None

About the Film
Director: Antony Balch
Year of Release: 1973
Country of Origin: U.K.
Stars: Michael Gough, Robin Askwith, Vanesa Shaw, Dennis Price, Skip Martin
AKAs: Computer Killers, Doctor Bloodbath, Dr. Frankenstein's Horror Clinic, Forbidden Diary of a College Girl, The Claws of Frankenstein, Human Butcher

Verbatim Box Synopsis
Welcome to Brittlehouse Manor, a "health resort" where young people are cured of all their hang-ups in one stroke. One stroke, that is, of Doc Storm's scalpel.
You see Doc Storm, a crippled demented genius in a wheel chair, has a laboratory where he performs hideous and graphic brain surgery on his young patients -- making them cooperative, brainless, zombies.
With the help of Frederick the dwarf, the "Bike Boys", and Doc Storm's infamous decapitating limousine the new patients are guaranteed all the "rest" they will ever need.

U.S. Gorgon Video / MPI Home Video sleeve!

U.S VCI Command Performance slipcase,
courtesy of reader Scott Gacek! 

U.S. VCI Home Video reissue slipcase, also courtesy 
Scott Gacek! You rock!

U.S. Bingo Video Inc. slipcase, courtesy of Jayson Kennedy's Basement of Ghoulish Decadence! Cover artist "Danilo" was responsible for a lot of Mogul Communications' better sleeves!

 U.K. Satanica sleeve!

Australian Vibrant Video sleeve, courtesy of Rolfens DVD!

 French Delta Video Diffusion sleeve, courtesy of L'antre de l'horreur!

 Dutch VC 2 Video sleeve, originally scanned by "shootgringoshoot"!

Swedish Red Baron sleeve, also courtesy of Rolfens DVD!


TV spot, uploaded by Craig Anderson!


British trailer, double-billed with 
Ted V. Mikels' The Corpse Grinders (1971). Uploaded by "anubis44"!

Looking for Horror Hospital on VHS? It's available on Amazon here. There's also a nice special edition DVD available from MPI's Dark Sky label, with commentary from producer Richard Gordon, stills, and more. (If you're a Horror Hospital completist, there's also an earlier non-anamorphic print from Elite.)

Investigate more titles with Project: MPI!

For a look at other labels, check out The VHS Archives!

© 2013 -- Bruce Holecheck. All Rights Reserved.