On December 5th Severin Films will offer horror fans the chance to bring home what will surely be one of the year’s best releases with The Amicus Collection. This brand new 4-disc set features three films — Asylum, And Now the Screaming Starts and The Beast Must Die — and a bonus disc full of Amicus trailers, TV commercials, rare interviews and more.
Severin has had a killer year and this is going to be one hell of a cherry to top it all off. Amicus doesn’t always get the love that Hammer and other horror studios but the best of Amicus can hang with anyone and this release is sure to prove that. If you’re looking to boost your personal collection this is one you’ll want on your Christmas list.
For those curious, both Asylum and And Now the Screaming Starts will receive individual releases but The Beast Must Die will be exclusive to this set.
The Amicus Collection is a limited, numbered edition release of only 3500 units.
Disc 1 – Asylum:
A young psychiatrist interviews four inmates in a mental asylum to satisfy a requirement for employment. He hears stories about (1) the revenge of a murdered wife, (2) a tailor who makes a suit with some highly unusual qualities, (3) a woman who questions her sanity when it appears that her brother is conspiring against her, and (4) a man who builds tiny toy robots with lifelike human heads…
- Two’s A Company: 1972 On-set report from BBC featuring Interviews With Producer Milton Subotsky, Director Roy Ward Baker, Actors Charlotte Rampling, James Villiers, Megs Jenkins, Art Director Tony Curtis and Production Manager Teresa Bolland
- David J. Schow on Robert Bloch – Featurette
- Fiona Subotsky Remembers Milton Subotsky – Featurette
- Inside The Fear Factory Featurette with Directors Roy Ward Baker, Freddie Francis and Producer Max J. Rosenberg
- Audio Commentary with Director Roy Ward Baker and Camera Operator Neil Binney
- Theatrical Trailer
Disc 2 – And Now the Screaming Starts:
A terrifying secret darkens the halls of the Fengriffen estate where beautiful young bride Catherine (Stephanie Beacham) finds her romantic wedding night turning to horror when she’s ravaged by an eyeless ghost. Meanwhile, a disembodied hand lurks in the darkest corners of the house, unbeknownst to Catherine’s aristocratic husband, Charles (Ian Ogilvy). As the newlyweds soon discover, the Fengriffen bloodline has been tainted by a vicious curse passed down from generation to generation, and only with the help of Dr. Pope (Peter Cushing) can the latest victims hope to conquer a supernatural evil which has been lying in wait for centuries.
- The Haunting Of Oakley Court – Featurette with Allan Bryce, Author of “Amicus: The Friendly Face Of Fear”, and David Flint, Author of “Ten Years Of Terror”, visit the classic horror film location
- Audio Commentary with Director Roy Ward Baker and Actress Stephanie Beacham
- Audio Commentary with Star Ian Ogilvy
- Archive Audio Interview with Actor Peter Cushing By Denis Meikle
- Horror Journalist Denis Meikle Recalls And Now The Screaming Starts – Featurette
- Theatrical Trailer
- Radio Spot
Disc 3 – The Beast Must Die:
Tom Newcliffe, a rich businessman and expert hunter summons six guests to his huge country estate which he has rigged up with video cameras and a high-tech security system. He tells them and his surprised wife that they are all to stay over a weekend and that all of them will be kept on the estate during that weekend. For each guest, dead bodies have followed in their wake and the way that the dead have been murdered means that one of the guest is a werewolf and Tom has summoned his guests here to discover who it is and to hunt it down… The film has a clip at the beginning asking people in the audience to try to identify the werewolf and near the end there is a 30-second “Werewolf Break” for the audience to think over the evidence…
- And Then There Were Werewolves – Audio Essay by Horror Historian Troy Howarth
- Audio Commentary with Director Paul Annett
- Directing the Beast: Featurette with Director Paul Annett
- Theatrical Trailer
Disc 4 – The Vault of Amicus:
- Audio Commentary With British Horror Film Writers Kim Newman & David Flint
- Phil Nutman Audio Interview with Milton Subotsky – Audio Interview With Accompanying Stills / Posters
- Jonathan Sothcott Audio Interview with Max Rosenberg – Audio Interview With Accompanying Stills / Posters
- Bonus Amicus TV spots