'Chillers - The Complete Series + Digital'
(Anthony Perkins, et al / 2-Disc DVD / NR / (1990) 2018 / Mill Creek Entertainment)
Overview: Golden Globe® winner Anthony Perkins (Psycho) delves into the darkest depths of human nature as the host of 'Chillers,' a deliciously evil anthology series based on Patricia Highsmith's hair-raising short stories.
DVD Verdict: The complete 12-part anthology series now released by Mill Creek Entertainment on this great new 2-Disc DVD set, 'Chillers' - featuring a stellar cast, including: Ian McShane, Tuesday Weld, Ian Holm, Bill Nighy, Ian Richardson, Marisa Berenson, and more - imagine tales so bone-chilling cold, you'll beg for a warm bed to hide under!
Episode 1: The Cat Brought It In
Episode 2: Sauce for the Goose
Episode 3: Old Folks at Home
Episode 4: The Thrill Seeker
Episode 5: The Day of Reckoning
Episode 6: Puzzle
Episode 7: Slowly, Slowly in the Wind
Episode 8: A Curious Suicide
Episode 9: A Bird Poised to Fly
Episode 10: The Stuff of Madness
Episode 11: Under a Dark Angel's Eye
Episode 12: Something You Have to Live With
It has to be said, right off the bat, that if you like Roald Dahl's Tales of the Unexpected then you are going to LOVE this chilling collection of short stories, trust me!
Not in the same league as say Hammer House of Horror, the series was based on Patricia Highsmith's short stories. Actually remembering some of the from back in the day (as I was born and raised in England), the show succeeds in displaying (at least, to some varying extent) Highsmith's sinister atmosphere.
It delves nicely into the darkest depths of human nature on many levels and as much as some of the episodes are notably slower paced (a British thing, not for the American palate, for sure), most succeed in keeping the viewer's undivided attention.
Indeed, some of the episodes are stand outs still, in my humble opinion, for not only their quality of actors and their acting, but for the moods set, the tones created, the underlying terror of the human mind that pulses throughout.
Personally, I love the who creepy musical backbone to the episodes as it most definitely adds a little something to tingle the spine in those quieter moments. In fact, perhaps the show's biggest asset is the cast of the best British actors of their day (of which many are still alive). This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.