Chill Factor, the new series created by Marty Schiff, Jeff Monahan, Charles Zvirman, and the ever-talented Tom Savini, has just been released on DVD this past October.
Tom Savini is the host of the series, presenting his thoughts a la Rod Serling before the film, and delivering the necessary fright to put you on edge. The first film, House Call, stars Bingo O’Malley, Maryanne Nagel, and Jason Hoehnen in a very dark and sinister setting; it’s time to sit back and me creeped out most thoroughly.
A doctor has to make a house call to a very sick boy n a cold dark rainy night. The boy, merely 16years old, suffers from what must be hallucinations or insanity. He claims to have been bitten by a creature and ever since has experienced bloodlust, which he has indulged by biting innocent young girls. His mother, understandably, is torn between what her son tell her and what she knows to be reality. The doctor is her only hope to save her son from whatever malady ails him… and the doctor knows just what to do.
Shot entirely in muted colors, House Call has a classic look. Its filmed slightly like an old movie with archetypal “thriller” camera angles, and Mark Fallone’s cinematography recalls classic horror films from years past. Cheesy traditional spooks, like lightening, mix with more innovative techniques of fright. A fantastic story that could be a Twilight Zone episode, or one of the better Tales From The Crypt shorts, finally, there’s a return to classic TV-style thrills and chills. Chill Factor uses the best from The Twilight Zone, Tales from the Crypt, and The Outer Limits, and takes it one step further…From the beginning it is a mystery to be solved that holds your peaked interest until the awesome conclusion. It has a shocking ending that you will definitely not predict, no matter how clever you think you are.
House Call is really fun and classy; the suspense is created through tension and a novel concept in modern horror called “simplicity”. There are no overt gimmicks in this story, just good old-fashioned fun and a really great script that makes sense and packs a mean punch. It’s Eerie, suspenseful, and uber-creepy. Savini definitely scores points for some subtle and erotic nudity, and some very tasteful gore that doesn’t disappoint. Always the charmer, Savini seduces the viewer with subtle terror and the macabre notion that they’re stepping into something unpredictable and, well, chilling.