Mill Creek Entertainment continues doing what they do best with their Blu-ray “Horror 4-in-1 Collection.” The company takes movies and television shows which have a “specialized” or limited fan base and make them readily available. We get a wonderful mix of suspense, action, and sci-fi with this latest offering which includes “Deep Rising,” “The Puppet Masters,” “When a Stranger Calls,” and “Happy Birthday to Me.”
In "Deep Rising," a newly unveiled ocean liner called the Argonautica sets out on its first cruise only to encounter dangers both on board and in the ocean depths. While the beautiful thief Trillian (Famke Janssen) attempts to steal riches from the boat's wealthy passengers, the ship encounters major problems, most notably a giant murderous sea creature with tentacles. Eventually, a boat captained by John Finnegan (Treat Williams) comes across the Argonautica, and everyone struggles to survive the monster.
"The Puppet Masters" tells the story of an alien spacecraft that sets down in rural Iowa. Top-secret government agents Andrew Nivens (Donald Sutherland) and his son, Sam (Eric Thal), are sent to investigate. Coming along is NASA biologist Mary Sefton (Julie Warner), and together they make a startling discovery: alien parasites capable of taking over the minds of human beings. And the creatures are multiplying. The race is on for the team to stop the invaders before they turn all of humanity into zombie slaves.
A retired police detective (Charles Durning) hunts a deranged British seaman (Tony Beckley) out to re-create a baby sitter's (Carol Kane) horror in "When a Stranger Calls."
"Happy Birthday to Me" revolves around preppie Virginia (Melissa Sue Anderson). Could she be the one skewering classmates who skipped her birthday party years before?
Each of the movies in the “Horror 4-in-1 Collection” merits their own cult status for one reason or another. The grossly underrated “Deep Rising” is one of Writer / Director Stephen Sommers’ (“The Mummy,” “Van Helsing”) first films. “The Puppet Masters” is a rather faithful adaptation of Robert A. Heinlein’s (“Starship Troopers”) novel.
“When a Stranger Calls” is a minimalistic suspense thriller starring a young Carol Kane and already well-known supporting actor Charles Durning which spawned a sequel and remake. “Happy Birthday to Me” made audiences wonder if little Melissa Sue Anderson from “Little House on the Prairie” really could be the one behind so many brutal killings in the 1980 slasher classic.
All of the movies are barebones releases except for “Deep Rising.” It comes with a theatrical trailer included. Rarely do Mill Creek Entertainment’s Blu-rays or DVDs come with extra features, which is why they’re always affordable.
Every movie in the “Horror 4-in-1 Collection” is rated R for different reasons. None of the films contain any nudity. Most of them feature violence, gore, profanity, alcohol, drugs, smoking, and frightening and intense sequences.
The “Horror 4-in-1 Collection” is perfect for a long night of thrills and action entertainment. There’s something for everyone whether they like creature features, aliens, stalkers, or slashing killers. The 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s are all well exhibited in these genre touchstones.
The “Horror 4-in-1 Collection” is available now on Blu-ray.