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Experiments in Terror (2005)

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Studio: Other Cinema
Genre: Horror, Independent, Short Films
Running Time: 106 min.
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Synopsis
A collection of independent, avant-garde shorts from the early 1960s up to the present that test the boundaries of horror and terror. Includes the award-winning Austrian film, Outer Space (Peter Tscherkassky, 1999, 10 mins.), a cinemascope wonder that lifts scenes from Sidney J. Furie's 1981 horror flick The Entity and turns them into a visually arresting, abstract mediation on dissolution and rupture; Tuning the Sleeping Machine (David Sherman, 1996, 13 mins.), which uses images and figures from classic horror films to examine early cinema's fascination with the subconscious; Ursula (Lloyd M. Williams, 1961, 13 mins.), a lurid tale filmed in 16mm about a young girl's torment at the hands of her cruel mother. Winner of the Gold Medallion at the 1961 Cannes Film Festival for Best Scripted Film and Best Special Effects for Sustained Horror; Dawn of the Evil Millennium (Damon Packard, 1986, 21 mins.), a gory lampoon of Hollywood horror films shot on Super 8mm; Journey Into the Unknown (Kerry Laitala, 2002, 5 mins.), a colorful, abstract meditation on a murder and revenge; The Virgin Sacrifice (J.X. Williams, 1974, 9 mins.), a 16mm acid-trip back to the late '60s about the Queen of the Black Witches and her voluptuous virgins who invade Satan's realm. Also includes vintage trailers, a promo for a film made with Psychorama subliminal messaging, and The Haunted Mouth, a tooth decay movie narrated by Cesar Romero.

Shorts include:

  • Outer Space - Peter Tscherkassky
  • Journey into the Unkown - Kerry Laitala
  • Tuning the Sleeping Machine - David Sherman
  • Ursula - Lloyd M. Williams
  • The Virgin Sacrifice - J.X. Williams
  • Dawn of an Evil Millennium - Damon Packard
Special Features:
  • Trailer Camp - a thirty-minute collection of horror trailers
  • The Psychorama subliminal short documentary
  • Short Film The Haunted Mouth


Shorts include:

  • Outer Space - Peter Tscherkassky
  • Journey into the Unkown - Kerry Laitala
  • Tuning the Sleeping Machine - David Sherman
  • Ursula - Lloyd M. Williams
  • The Virgin Sacrifice - J.X. Williams
  • Dawn of an Evil Millennium - Damon Packard
Special Features:
  • Trailer Camp - a thirty-minute collection of horror trailers
  • The Psychorama subliminal short documentary
  • Short Film The Haunted Mouth



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Great if your on LSD, otherwise NOT, Well it just sucked DRUGS or NOT!. by madscience November 28, 2007 - 6:06 PM PST
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0 out of 2 members found this review helpful
Sh**!
Really, there is nothing to see here people unless, well there really is nothing here. I resent renting this piece of sh**! LSD or not, PCP, crack whatever DRUGS you might be on, it is sh**. Couldn't wait to get it in a mail box for quick return.

((pardon my shouting))


Great on LSD by noel99 August 17, 2005 - 12:22 AM PDT
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1 out of 5 members found this review helpful
Totally awesome collection of weird-ass short films that borrow footage from horror films. This is something great to watch on drugs.

J.X. is my main man -- by GGoodsell March 12, 2005 - 9:07 PM PST
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1 out of 5 members found this review helpful
EXPERIMENTS IN TERROR is a so-so collection of experimental horror shorts with one standout piece. THE VIRGIN SACRIFICE by J. X. Williams is a revelation in more ways than one. It starts off with some appallingly amateurish titles giving the viewer the impression that it is a stag film. We cut to a mute girl in the process of renting a room from two young ladies who confess, "we worship the devil!" They invite her to participate in their next ceremony; we're in the process of some lysergic altered film clips. And here it gets very, VERY interesting! Schlock film fans will instantly recognize clips from I DRINK YOU BLOOD (1971, used on the DVD's sleeve art), THE BROTHERHOOD OF SATAN and Lucio Fulci's WOMAN IN A LIZARD'S SKIN &. But it doesn't stop there! Williams treats us to clips from the mega-obscure SATAN'S CHILDREN (Whoa! Like there are five prints of that film in existence!) And even the Ormond Organization's PLEASE DON'T TOUCH ME! (Double whoa! Williams knows his obscure trash films!) Just incredible! Who is this cat? J. X. Williams was one of the pen names of Edward D. Wood, Jr. Curious, very curious.

Of the other shorts -- URSULA is the only one with a real story, about an abused little girl under the domination of her cruel mother in a decaying mansion. Damon Packard strikes back with DAWN OF AN EVIL MILLENIUM. Packard is a misunderstood genius of editing and pop cultural detritus, and this shows his attempts at pixilation and gore effects. Still -- this is worth it along for VIRGIN SACRIFICE. Extras include a bit on subliminal messages using a print so old it looks like it was shot at the bottom of a well. A "trailer park" offers a rare preview of William Castle's HOMICIDAL (1961).

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