This is a rather interesting double feature that seems to focus on two separate Horror movies that have Asian roots in their stories but were not themselves created by Asian filmmakers. I was familiar with and enjoyed The House Where Evil Dwells, but Ghost Warrior was new to me. It’s great that both movies have completely over the top elements that keep them fun and fresh and even sexy at times. Let’s dig in to this new double feature from Scream Factory.
The House Where Evil Dwells
I remember this one very well from some recent marathoning and have to say that I enjoyed it quite a bit. The House Where Evil Dwells is a fun movie with a good opening set up storyline that features some rather exciting, though overly fake bloodletting. At least you get some beautiful Japanese lute music prior to the kill. The rest of the movie is a strange battle of supernatural forces tearing a small family apart. Susan George may have wanted to turn down the tanning machine before this one filmed, but otherwise gives a strong performance as does Edward Albert.
This one comes to you courtesy of Kevin Connor who directed one of my favorites, Motel Hell. Don’t hold it to that high standard though. The House Where Evil Dwells is entertaining, a solid ghost story and an interesting watch, but it doesn’t have the ingenuity and beautiful camp elements of Motel Hell.
You see Charlie Band anywhere near a movie, and you are guaranteed some form of entertainment especially during the Empire Pictures age. Ghost Warrior comes off as some kind of modern day Frankenstein meets the ice man. There’s plenty of Sci-Fi goodness in this one that clearly plays on the Mary Shelley story to drive our “ghost warrior” through modern civilization. It’s what you expect from an Empire Pictures release in terms of effects, story and acting. This is a classic example of an entertaining picture during the great 80’s Horror scramble.
The disc does not feature extras. It does have reversible cover artwork which is nice for a double feature of this type. The transfers look good and I have no complaints especially given the cult nature of these releases.
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THE HOUSE WHERE EVIL DWELLS
1982 / 1.78:1 / NEW Transfer
A century ago, a samurai brutally murdered his adulterous wife and her lover before taking his own life. Now, the Fletcher family has found what they think is their perfect Japanese home – not knowing it's the same house where the murders occurred. But as strange events escalate and the ghosts of the dead begin to toy with the living, the Fletchers discover they've become unwitting players in a horrible reenactment... one which they may not survive! This chilling ghost story stars Edward Albert (Galaxy Of Terror), Susan George (Straw Dogs) and Doug McClure (Humanoids From The Deep) and is directed by Kevin Connor (Motel Hell).
GHOST WARRIOR (aka SWORDKILL)
1986 / 1:85.1
While exploring a cave, two skiers find the body of a 400-year-old samurai warrior entombed in ice. He is brought to the United States in a hush-hush operation and revived through cryosurgery. Unfortunately, he is then forced to battle for his freedom, dignity and life. This Charles Band production stars Janet Julian (King Of New York, Humongous).