Die, Monster, Die!
I know you’ve all been waiting with baited breath for the Blu-ray presentation of "Die, Monster, Die!," one of the later films in horror icon Boris Karloff’s career. Shout Factory’s latest release out of the movie cellar is a glorious restoration of an unspectacular haunted house film.
Things start off intriguingly enough: A young American man (Nick Adams) enters a small English town to visit his new girlfriend (Suzan Farmer). Townsfolk tell him to stay away from the Whitley house, and there he discovers a psychotic scientist (Karloff) involved in an experiment that turns people into monsters.
Yet, even at a brief 78 minutes, the film moves at a snail’s pace.
"Die, Monster, Die!" is an almost exact replication of the Vincent Price shocker "The Fall of the House of Usher"... the creepy house, the bizarre family members and (spoiler alert) the burning house which end both films. The latter is the better movie, though "Die, Monster, Die!" has a few chuckles, and this viewer was actually startled by the sudden thrust of a skeleton at the camera!
Shout Factory doesn’t give fans much in the features department this time around. The odd trailer is included in widescreen, which is a mish-mash of scenes thrown together without any mention of the movie title or its actors. A retro Blu-ray menu looks appealing, but without any scene access it seems a bit frivolous. For a retail price of about $20, "Die, Monster, Die!" seems to be tailor-made for the Boris Karloff fan only.
"Die, Monster, Die!"