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NIGHTMARE HOUSE-VOLUME 1
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Reviewed by: Mike Catalano

Directed by: John Crye, Drew Daywalt, Paul Hungerford, David Schneider, Todd Sharp, Kirk Woller

Starring:
John Crye
Drew Daywalt
Azure Parsons
David Schneider
Kirk Woller

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Extras:  
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What's it about
A collection of horror shorts ranging from 3 to 12 minutes and featuring hauntings, killers, and more!
Is it good movie?
I've never been a big "horror short" watcher, though I think I remember enjoying a couple of the few I've seen. I haven't ever watched an official DVD collection of horror shorts before, but I suppose that NIGHTMARE HOUSE VOL. 1 was more than happy to pop my "short" cherry.

After sitting through all 13 shorts in a row, I've come to a very confident conclusion: shorts really aren't my thing. This may be a direct result merely of watching this particular collection, however, I doubt it. You see, if I'm watching a horror film, or any film for that matter, I need or rather, demand some form of conclusive storytelling. I don't like being thrust into a situation, have some weird stuff occur, and then have the thing end without so much of an ounce of explanation.

Sadly, that was the general feeling I was left with after viewing NIGHTMARE HOUSE. Hey, I understand that these are shorts and not meant to take up a great length of time. However, that doesn't mean that I can just be left completely oblivious to what's happening. Each of the thirteen tales wants to start something odd or creepy and then hit you with some sort of fast, cheap jolt, and then close the curtain. To put it dirty, the shorts want to beat you off for a bit and then, right before that one final stroke that could make you cum, it stops. Yup, it's mostly blue balls all around for these shorts.

And perhaps that is what a "short" is supposed to be... but that doesn't mean I have to like it. That's not to say that each tiny episode was complete crap. Actually, that isn't true at all. I only loathed two or three of them. The rest were well short, fairly well acted, and contained some very interesting storylines. I just wish that most of the lines had a true endpoint. The short that came closest to succeeding in this respect, was the one involving a woman who "cleans up" after crime scenes. So I guess that one was my fave.

Unfortunately, the bulk of the stories contained in this collection did not clean up as tidily as I would have hoped.

Video / Audio
Video Widescreen 1.78:1

Audio English 5.1 Dolby Digital

The Extras
A What is a Nightmare House featurette.

An Artifact Gallery that delves deeper into "haunted objects" contained in some of the shorts.

A Portrait Gallery that describes some of the shorts' characters.

A Trailer for Volume 2 of NIGHTMARE HOUSE.

Last Call
Some fun concepts, but just too short on storytelling for my taste. I prefer my horror flicks as full length, I guess.

ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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