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"A compilation of all the best murders and murderers in the history of horror."

FlixMix, a young DVD publisher, assembled a digital collection for all horror fans to see. It is more on a summary basis rather than informative that Freddy Krueger (A Nightmare one Elm Street), Ghost Face (Scream), Jason Voorhees (Friday the 13th), Ben Willis (I Know What You Did Last Summer), Blade (Puppetmaster), the Djinn (Wish Master), Pinhead (Hellraiser), Candyman(Candyman), Leprechaun (Leprechaun), Micheal Myers (Halloween), Leatherface (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre), The Tall Man (Phantasm), Norman Bates (Psycho), Simon (The Ugly), Camilla (The Guardian), Dr. Feinstone(The Dentist) and each of their stories are told, once again.

Each of these murderers is described in a three-page information sheet. The general content of the DVD, which can also be found on VHS, is a collection of some of the best horror movie scenes ever made. In these, we have the privilege of watching the previously mentioned killers in action. Trivia questions, subtitling, comments and interesting facts as well as tons of other extras can be found on this mini-encyclopaedia.





On the DVD version, audio assistance can, if the user desires, be synchronized to the scenes. The audio sequence contains comments by Robert Englund (Freddy Krueger). It is not only an essential and very interesting complement: it is what pleased me the most. Freddy being my favorite killer, I couldn't have hoped for anyone else. The one who has always appeared as a monster in movies surprisingly has a very friendly voice and, unless the DVD producers put words in his mouth, he is an incredible horror fan.

He accompanies us during the 55 minutes of horror scenes, sharing with us his experience, his preferences, his opinions and all of this in a positive and objective discussion. Often enough, my illusions were shattered when learning that certain horror movie actors or actresses ironically hate horror movies in general or others that they pretend never having seen subsequent movies in the series they started or contributed to. Robert Englund seems to be an honest and good person. When facing a scene he dislikes, he makes fun of it, starts talking about something else such as the previous clip in a very skilful manner.

Because I do not wish to tell everything on the movie and furthermore on Robert's performance, I will only say that he promises, just like we have often been promised, the Freddy vs Jason movie. This time, he has good arguments to back up his promises.

A " FlixMix facts" screen can also be activated at the bottom of the screen. When Robert Englund is uncertain about certain things, the facts screen informs us on the validity of his suppositions. This screen has taught me a lot on the production of the presented movies. It displays about fifteen facts on average for each movie in the presentation. The navigation from scene to scene is precise and simple. The general design of the DVD-ROM and of the main menu is interesting. Fascinating fireballs attack us when we navigate through the menu system, which produces an out-of-the-ordinary visual and sound effect (Even more in Dolby). The theme song is performed by Rob Zombie: the only heavy metal artist who inspires me. Also, what might help a few minorities are the subtitles. As always, trailers for other movies are available.

I only disliked a few minimal details. For example, characters such as Blade (even though I loved the series), Norman Bates, Simon, Dr. Feinstone and Camilla corrupt the movie. Blade is certainly very original but didn't make the success of the series all by himself. He doesn't kill alone. I would have preferred seeing the dolls presented as a team. Don't they all obey to their master after all? Norman Bates revolutionized horror movies but he bores me and it is time to move on to something else. He doesn't match up to the other killers. Simon must be a very complex and interesting character but he hasn't starred in any subsequent movies and when I asked horror movie fans if they knew him, most of them ignored his existence. Camilla either hasn't been engraved in the memory of horror movie fans. I have an impression that there is a political reason behind all of this; the same reason that insists that every movie except Child's Play 2 and Jason Goes to Hell be represented by the original of the series.

Horror fans will jump on the a bit repetitive but still very well conceived trivia module that can be found on the DVD. It is built in a progressive manner so that when a certain percentage of the answers are correct, the user can move onto a more difficult series of questions.

FlixMix will also release a collection of ultimate fights but I doubt it will become as popular as Boogeymen. It is the first real homage to the most admired style of movies in the world. I demand a sequel!

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Memorables aspects

- Scene from A Nightmare on Elm Street where Tina gets torn apart and dragged to the ceilling by an invisible hand.

- Scene from Wish Master where a man has his eyes magically scealed by the Djinn.

- Scene from Hellraiser where a man is torn apart by metallic hooks.

- Scene from Phantasm where a man has his skull drilled into and where we see his parts of his brain leaving his head in a flow of blood.

- Scene from The Dentist where the doctor Feinstone removes teeth from the woman who cheated on him.

Memorables characters
- Freddy Krueger (Robert Englund)
- Jason Voorhees (Kane Hodder)
- Micheal Myers (Halloween)
- Pinhead (Hellraiser)
- Chucky (Child's play)
- Micheal Myers (Halloween)
- Leatherface (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre)
- Candyman (Candyman)
- the Leprechaun (Leprechaun)
- Ghost Face (Scream)
- the Leprechaun (Leprechaun)
- Ben Willis (I Know What You Did Last Summer)
- the Djinn (Wish Master)
- the Tall Man (Phantasm)
- Blade (Puppetmaster)
- Dr Feinstone (The Dentist)
- Norman Bates (Psycho)
- Simon (The Ugly)
- Camilla (The Guardian)

Released in: 2001

Movie type: Horror - Slasher - Gore - Thriller - Monsters

In the same series:
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Films in similar category:
Wishmaster 2 : Evil Never Dies
Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan
Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning
Friday the 13th Part 2
Hell Asylum

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( 2001-11-07 )  

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