Talk to me about Amicus

Discussion in 'Classic' started by Mok, Sep 17, 2007.

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Weigh-in here:

  1. You are a dink for not knowing Amicus. It's legendary.

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  2. Amicus > Hammer

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  3. Amicus < Hammer

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  4. Amicus is the suck

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  1. Mok

    Mok Family is Forever

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    Yeah I'm a totaly noob to this brand (Maybe I've known them obliviously. The name is familiar). I recently caught Mad House on Turner Classics and thought it was alright. Not as good as the Hammer stuff, but not bad. I found this:
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    the other day and wanted to know what you guys think of it and Amicus in general. So, what are your opinions?
     
  2. Luna

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    I'll choose other: I love Hammer and Amicus equally. :D
     
  3. Mok

    Mok Family is Forever

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    Then please pick option 1.

    So, you think I'm a dink do you?!?!?
     
  4. dwatts

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    As long as you know Tigon.

    But nah, you're still a dink. ;)
     
  5. _pi_

    _pi_ Peace, bitch

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    I've only seen the House That Dripped Blood (that's Amicus, isn't it?) and I really REALLY loved that film. Not only was it great fun, it also had some genuinely creepy moments. I wasn't expecting to be creeped out, so it was a welcome surprise!

    I might have to get that box set myself!
     
  6. onebyone

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    I am not personally a big Hammer fan (I always find myself thinking of the Universal Horror movies and how much more I like them). Hence, I never paid Amicus much mind (thought they were B grade Hammer) until Dark Sky released those DVDs. I was suprised when I checked them out because I just LOVED them to bits. I then went and found all of them I could, and I cannot wait for more to be released.

    Asylum is my favorite in that set. It's just fantastic.
     
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  7. satans-sadists

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    Hammer = legendary
    Amicus = legendary
     
  8. Luna

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    Done! :lol:
     
  9. maybrick

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    I love both, but really, Hammer was better.

    What is "Mad House"? Did you mean "Asylum"?
     
  10. Mok

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    It was one with Vincent Price, Peter Cushing and "participation by" Basil Rathbone and Boris Karloff whatever that means. I didn't see it to the end. It was on TV and I had to go out.

    It's actually listed here as "Madhouse" - one word
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0071790/
     
  11. maybrick

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    I kind of thought you might be talking about that one. Madhouse is AIP, not Amicus.

    edit: Strange. I guess it's both. I never knew that! :eek:
     
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  12. X-human

    X-human I ate my keys

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    Such a dink.

    I watched these a few years ago when I bought the ABUK coffin set and although I really enjoyed them I can't remember much about them at all. I looked at my notes and apparently I liked Asylum as well as And Now The Screaming Starts the most. My favorite note is for Asylum, "a lot of play but does not fall into cheese." Very good note for a movie. I'll have to revisit these for Halloween.
     
  13. RyanPC

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    DAMN YOU, DARK SKY!

    I bought Asylum already and I had no idea they released a set! :mad:

    Anyhow, this might be blasphemous but I've honestly had more of an affinity for Amicus pictures. Love both, though.
     
  14. Workshed

    Workshed a.k.a. Villyan Shit

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    Mok and I are on the same page here. I'm clueless to Amicus, but satans-sadists gave me some suggestions that I'm gonna try to watch come October.

    Here's what he suggested in R1:

    ^^^^Thanks, dude.
     
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  15. DrHerbertWest

    DrHerbertWest For Your Health

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    I can vouch for The House That Dripped Blood & Madhouse. I really had a blast with Madhouse, Vincent Price is amazing. THTDB is a really fun ride too. Is that boxed set at the top of this thread out in R1? If so, I've never seen it or even heard of it.
     
  16. spawningblue

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    from beyond the grave was already released by retro media. anyone know if it had any extra features, or would the new version in the twisted terror collection be the best to get?
     
  17. DrHerbertWest

    DrHerbertWest For Your Health

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    Any one know if that boxed set is R1? I can't find it anywhere, in any region....?
     
  18. Erick H.

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    The new set is Region 1,should be out soon,Dark Sky issued all of these seperately several months ago,I have them all as singles.Picture quality is quite good (especially ASYLUM) nice extras too.Unlike the AB UK release,this copy of THE BEAST MUST DIE is widescreen.Fun flicks.

    I love Amicus.As to the Hammer comparison,while they certainly have similarities (lots of talent crossed back and forth between them),I think it is fairly safe to say that Hammer's greatest strength lay in it's gothic period horrors while (most) of Amicus's finest were set in contemporary times.The company is most associated with their popular antholgy pics (DR. TERRORS HOUSE OF HORRORS,TORTURE GARDEN,THE HOUSE THAT DRIPPED BLOOD,TALES FROM THE CRYPT,ASYLUM,THE VAULT OF HORROR and FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE,all but VAULT featuring Peter Cushing).They did a lot of great stuff and are well worth discovery for fans of British horror.By the way,though English based,Amicus was actually created by a pair of Americans,Milton Subotsky and Max Rosenberg.After Amicus folded in the later 70's,Subotsky continued to produce horror films on his own,including the anthologies THE UNCANNY,THE MONSTER CLUB and Stephen King's CAT'S EYE.

    Expand your Brit Horror horizon's further by checking out yet another great U.K. horror producer,TIGON.

    By the way,Amicus's THE SKULL is WAY overdue for a DVD release,great film.
     
  19. Katatonia

    Katatonia Hellbound Heart

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    It was actually more than a year ago when they were released.
     
  20. maybrick

    maybrick Well-Known Member

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    From Beyond the Grave was NEVER released by Retromedia. After it's terrible dvdmaniacs review, Fred Olan Ray claimed he may pull it due to inferior source material, but it's pretty obvious that he pulled it due to rights issues.

    Anyways, I've watched the Warner release and it looks beautiful, unlike Retromedia's which (judging from the DVDmaniacs review) looked like a VHS dupe.
     

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