Hollywood Horror House (1970) Vinegar Syndrome Feb 25th 2020
Directed By: Donald Wolfe
Starring: Miriam Hopkins, David Garfield, Florence Lake
Miriam Hopkins had an incredible career which started in the late'20's just as talkies were coming in. She was nominated for an Oscar and starred in such iconic films as The Heiress (1949) and Dr. Jekyll and Mr Hyde (1931) often cited as the mile stone in Pre-Code Horror. Ms. Hopkins would return to her horror roots for her last film Hollywood Horror House. Hopkins is apart of a great tradition in horror called Hagsploitation in which an aging Hollywood actress (sometimes actor) would re-invent their latter career doing horror or cheesy exploitation. An aging silent film actress named Katherine (Miriam Hopkins) lives in a decaying mansion with a few servants. When she is hurt she gets a younger man as a caregiver which sets off a deadly chain of events. I had never even heard of Hollywood Horror House and its one of those weird nasty little films I am so grateful for. But of course it has a fair share of issues.
Vinegar Syndrome is such an interesting label with what he releases and Hollywood Horror House is a further rare gem in their catalog. Standards are high with VS as they have been doing wonderful new 2k or in this case a 4k transfer. The film has a cool color palate and the new print really makes everything pop. The sound track is also great with a nice crisp clean 2.0 Mono. The extras include a wildly entertaining commentary track with industry legends David Del Valle and David DeCoteau. Both have a great chemistry together it makes for a joyous listen! Seriously this is great stuff. The extras also include a photo gallery.