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Surprised to find that there wasn't a dedicated thread to the films of Amicus, especially in light of the new box set coming from Severin this year. Often compared to their UK counterpart, Hammer Film Productions, because of their horror output and use of the same actors, Amicus mostly concentrated on the horror anthology instead of single story films.

If you're looking for a few interesting books to read about Amicus, here are a few:
The Amicus Anthology: British Cult Cinema - also available in a superior hardcover edition from Hemlock Books
Amicus: The Studio That Dripped Blood
Amicus: The Friendly Face of Fear - can't speak for the quality of it since it hasn't been released but looks good
Amicus Horrors: Tales from the Filmmaker's Crypt


North American releases:

The City of the Dead (aka Horror Hotel) (1963) - VCI, VCI (Remastered) - unofficial start of Amicus, produced by Subotsky and Rosenberg (uncredited)
It's Trad, Dad! (aka Ring-a-Ding Rhythm!) (1962) - N/A
Just for Fun (1963) - N/A
Dr. Terror's House of Horrors (1965) - Olive
Dr. Who and the Daleks (1965) - N/A
The Skull (1965) - Legend (double feature with The Man Who Could Cheat Death, OOP), Kino (solo release)
Daleks' Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D. (1966) - N/A
The Psychopath (1966) - Kino
The Deadly Bees (1966) - Olive
Torture Garden (1967) - Mill Creek (under "Psycho Circus" triple pack with The Creeping Flesh and Brotherhood of Satan)
Danger Route (1967) - N/A
They Came from Beyond Space (1967) - N/A
The Terrornauts (1967) - N/A
A Touch of Love (1969) - N/A
The Mind of Mr. Soames (1969) - N/A
Scream and Scream Again - Twilight Time
The House That Dripped Blood (1970) - Scream Factory
I, Monster (1971) - N/A
What Became of Jack and Jill? (1971) - N/A
Asylum (1972) - Severin (box collection with And Now The Screaming Starts!, The Beast Must Die and The Vault of Amicus), Severin (solo release)
Tales from the Crypt (1972) - Scream Factory (double feature with The Vault of Horror)
The Vault of Horror (1973) - Scream Factory (double feature with Tales from the Crypt)
And Now the Screaming Starts! (1973) - Severin (box collection with Asylum, The Beast Must Die and The Vault of Amicus), Severin (solo release)
From Beyond the Grave (1974) - N/A
Madhouse (1974) - Kino
The Beast Must Die (1974) - Severin (box collection with And Now the Screaming Starts!, Asylum and The Vault of Amicus)
The Land That Time Forgot (1975) - Kino
At the Earth's Core (1976) - Kino
The People That Time Forgot (1977) - Kino
The Uncanny (1977) - N/A - honorable mention, not Amicus but produced by Milton Subotsky
The Monster Club (1981) - Scorpion (OOP) - honorable mention, not Amicus but produced by Milton Subotsky
The Vault of Amicus (2017) - Severin (box collection with And Now the Screaming Starts!, Asylum and The Beast Must Die) - trailer compilation





Amicus Entertainment (Revival)

Stuck (2007) - Image
It's Alive (2008) - N/A






Worth checking out is the documentary, Amicus: House of Horrors, only available on DVD. Also, Monster Madness: The Gothic Revival of Horror, also only available on DVD, although they mostly concentrate on Hammer but Amicus and even Tigon is mentioned.

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International Releases - Region Free:

The City of the Dead (aka Horror Hotel) (1963) - Germany Digibook - unofficial start of Amicus, produced by Subotsky and Rosenberg (uncredited)
It's Trad, Dad! (aka Ring-a-Ding Rhythm!) (1962) - N/A
Just for Fun (1963) - N/A
Dr. Terror's House of Horrors (1965) - UK, UK Steelbook, Germany, Germany Mediabook A, Germany Mediabook B
Dr. Who and the Daleks (1965) - N/A See Below
The Skull (1965) - N/A See Below
Daleks' Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D. (1966) - N/A See Below
The Psychopath (1966) - N/A
The Deadly Bees (1966) - N/A
Torture Garden (1967) - UK, Australia - Superior releases over the US Mill Creek triple pack
Danger Route (1967) - N/A
They Came from Beyond Space (1967) - N/A
The Terrornauts (1967) - N/A
A Touch of Love (1969) - N/A
The Mind of Mr. Soames (1969) - N/A
Scream and Scream Again - N/A
The House That Dripped Blood (1970) - N/A
I, Monster (1971) - N/A
What Became of Jack and Jill? (1971) - N/A
Asylum (1972) - N/A
Tales from the Crypt (1972) - UK, Australia
The Vault of Horror (1973) - UK
And Now the Screaming Starts! (1973) - N/A
From Beyond the Grave (1974) - N/A
Madhouse (1974) - N/A
The Beast Must Die (1974) - N/A
The Land That Time Forgot (1975) - N/A
At the Earth's Core (1976) - N/A
The People That Time Forgot (1977) - N/A
The Uncanny (1977) - N/A - honorable mention, not Amicus but produced by Milton Subotsky
The Monster Club (1981) - France - honorable mention, not Amicus but produced by Milton Subotsky
The Vault of Amicus (2017) - N/A - trailer compilation






International Releases - Region B Locked:

The City of the Dead (aka Horror Hotel) (1963) - UK - unofficial start of Amicus, produced by Subotsky and Rosenberg (uncredited)
It's Trad, Dad! (aka Ring-a-Ding Rhythm!) (1962) - N/A
Just for Fun (1963) - N/A
Dr. Terror's House of Horrors (1965) - N/A See Above
Dr. Who and the Daleks (1965) - UK, UK Limited (double feature with Daleks' Invasion Earth:2150 A.D.), UK Steelbook
The Skull (1965) - UK
Daleks' Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D. (1966) - UK, UK Limited (double feature with Dr. Who and the Daleks), UK Steelbook, Australia
The Psychopath (1966) - N/A
The Deadly Bees (1966) - N/A
Torture Garden (1967) - N/A See Above
Danger Route (1967) - N/A
They Came from Beyond Space (1967) - N/A
The Terrornauts (1967) - N/A
A Touch of Love (1969) - N/A
The Mind of Mr. Soames (1969) - N/A
Scream and Scream Again - N/A
The House That Dripped Blood (1970) - N/A
I, Monster (1971) - N/A
What Became of Jack and Jill? (1971) - N/A
Asylum (1972) - N/A
Tales from the Crypt (1972) - UK (double feature with The Vault of Horror), Germany Mediabook
The Vault of Horror (1973) - UK (double feature with Tales from the Crypt)
And Now the Screaming Starts! (1973) - N/A
From Beyond the Grave (1974) - N/A
Madhouse (1974) - N/A
The Beast Must Die (1974) - N/A
The Land That Time Forgot (1975) - N/A
At the Earth's Core (1976) - N/A
The People That Time Forgot (1977) - N/A
The Uncanny (1977) - N/A - honorable mention, not Amicus but produced by Milton Subotsky
The Monster Club (1981) - UK - honorable mention, not Amicus but produced by Milton Subotsky
The Vault of Amicus (2017) - N/A - trailer compilation


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I'm really excited for the Sevrin set since the only Amicus films I've seen were the two Dr Who movies and the Land/People That Time Forgot. (Which reminds me, I need to pick up the Umbrella releases of those someday). But the Horror stuff? None of that - all new to me.
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Thanks for starting this thread!

I am a big fan of British Horror and I grew up with the Amicus anthology films back in the 70's. I do own the 2 Daleks films as they were released on Blu-ray in the UK.

FYI: These 3 films are not Amicus but I always thought they were. Sadly they will probably never see the light of day on DVD or Blu-ray:

Persecution (1974)
The Ghoul (1975)
Legend of the Werewolf (1975)
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Thanks for starting this thread!

I am a big fan of British Horror and I grew up with the Amicus anthology films back in the 70's. I do own the 2 Daleks films as they were released on Blu-ray in the UK.

FYI: These 3 films are not Amicus but I always thought they were. Sadly they will probably never see the light of day on DVD or Blu-ray:

Persecution (1974)
The Ghoul (1975)
Legend of the Werewolf (1975)
Haven't heard of those three but they all look quite interesting! There are plenty of films which will sadly never make it to HD. Heck, if The House That Dripped Blood can't even get a release, for which Amicus is known as The Studio That Dripped Blood, that really does put a damper on expectations.

That's not to say we should give up hope though, horror seems to be one of the few genres that can still sell when it comes to catalogue releases, far better than dramas or comedies.
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Thanks for starting this thread!

I am a big fan of British Horror and I grew up with the Amicus anthology films back in the 70's. I do own the 2 Daleks films as they were released on Blu-ray in the UK.

FYI: These 3 films are not Amicus but I always thought they were. Sadly they will probably never see the light of day on DVD or Blu-ray:

Persecution (1974)
The Ghoul (1975)
Legend of the Werewolf (1975)
Legend of the Werewolf was just released on DVD here in the US. It's on Amazon right now for $8.69, I ordered a copy last week but have not gotten to watch it yet.

https://www.amazon.com/Legend-Werewo...e+werewolf+dvd
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Legend of the Werewolf was just released on DVD here in the US. It's on Amazon right now for $8.69, I ordered a copy last week but have not gotten to watch it yet.

https://www.amazon.com/Legend-Werewo...e+werewolf+dvd
Sadly, its a bootleg (a Cheezy specialty) and a VHS transfer.
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Haven't heard of those three but they all look quite interesting! There are plenty of films which will sadly never make it to HD. Heck, if The House That Dripped Blood can't even get a release, for which Amicus is known as The Studio That Dripped Blood, that really does put a damper on expectations.

That's not to say we should give up hope though, horror seems to be one of the few genres that can still sell when it comes to catalogue releases, far better than dramas or comedies.
The House that Dripped Blood did make it to DVD, so at least I have that to watch.

And yes, horror is given a lot of attention so I am very grateful for that.
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FYI: These 3 films are not Amicus but I always thought they were. Sadly they will probably never see the light of day on DVD or Blu-ray:

Persecution (1974)
The Ghoul (1975)
Legend of the Werewolf (1975)
Tyburn.

Sadly being held to ransom for an exorbitant amount of money so are unlikely to see official DVD releases let alone anything in HD.
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Sadly, its a bootleg (a Cheezy specialty) and a VHS transfer.
Yeah I wasn't expecting much, still glad I grabbed it so I can finally watch the movie. I love Peter Cushing so this is better than nothing, or until someone does an official release.
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At least, RING-A-DING RHYTHM and JUST FOR FUN were released by the Columbia Classics MOD program in nice widescreen transfers in the US.

It would seem that THE PSYCHOPATH no longer exists in its original Techniscope (2:35-1) aspect ratio. I wonder what Amicus did with the camera negative? All TV and foreign DVD prints I have seen of it are either full frame or matted to 1:85 or so.
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Reserved for international releases...
Please add;

The Skull - Eureka

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Also add;

Dr Terror's House Of Horrors - Odeon - (Steelbook)

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note; tried to add both to one post but had grief doing so, sorry.

note2; The Man Who Could Cheat Death also available from Eureka

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The Severin bundle comes with a book by Allan Bryce. I wonder which writers he ripped off for it.
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THE GHOUL was released on dvd on a Brentwood set years ago. it's an ok movie starring Peter Cushing.
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Of the anthologies, we now only have The House That Dripped Blood and From Beyond the Grave to wait for.

The latter is Warner.
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Updated the international releases, will add covers within the next day or two.

For anyone with the UK double feature of Tales from the Crypt/Vault of Horror, would it be possible to check the region capabilities of it? It seems odd that the same company would put out region free solo editions but make the double feature locked.
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Only seen a few Amicus movies but as with Hammer, they have a style and atmosphere that I just absolutely love. I managed to catch From Beyond the Grave on TCM last night and enjoyed it. Would definitely pick it up on Blu-ray if it ever comes out.

And I've noticed that, unlike Hammer, it seems Amicus often favored rather nasty endings for its characters.
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For another "honorable mention, produced by Milton Subotsky", I think you should add THE UNCANNY (1977), which is pretty much an Amicus film in every way except production company name.
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For another "honorable mention, produced by Milton Subotsky", I think you should add THE UNCANNY (1977), which is pretty much an Amicus film in every way except production company name.
Not out on Blu-ray unfortunately and the DVD is poor as well.

If we are including stuff like this though, what about Cat's Eye (which Subotsky co-produced and is very much in the style of Amicus horror anthologies with gory modern day tales mixed with humour) and The Birthday Party? The Birthday Party is as close to Amicus made as they come yet by a production quirk it is never included in lists of Amicus films.

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