Scream Factory takes two of the movies from their "4 Movie All Night Horror Marathon" 2-disc set and brings them into the world of high-definition with the release of “The Outing / The Godsend” Double Feature Blu-ray. “The Godsend” was one of my favorite films from the previous DVD release. “The Outing” was the flipside of the coin in quality and content.
1980's "The Godsend" is the British equivalent of "The Bad Seed." It's obviously not as well-executed as the 1958 original, but the creepy little girl (Wilhelmina Green ) causing all the commotion is effective and gives you goose bumps at the proper times throughout its run time. Playing out a bit like "The Omen," the Marlowes adopt the baby girl a strange woman gives birth to in their home. Suspicions arise when the couple's other children begin dying from freak accidents that occur when little Bonnie is around.
"The Outing" is the edited and shortened version of 1987's "The Lamp." Filled with idiotic teens doing even more idiotic things in a closed museum, it revolves around an evil genie released from its bottle to wreak havoc. There are some great scenes in the film, which is basically your typical teen slasher flick with supernatural elements added in. You can't help but feel like this would make a brilliant companion for a double feature with "Leprechaun."
Both “The Godsend” and “The Outing” are rated R for different reasons. The rating is understandable for "The Outing" as there are some scenes of nudity and gore. However, The Godsend" is tame by today's standards and contains violence and some language but not much else to find offensive.
Although it really offers no bonus material, Scream Factory’s “The Outing / The Godsend” Double Feature will be worth the Blu-ray upgrade to some horror enthusiasts because of the new HD transfers. Each film is entertaining in its own way, depending on if you’re in a serious mood or need something goofy to laugh at while being scared.
Scream Factory’s “The Outing / The Godsend” Double Feature is available now on Blu-ray.