The Bad Dreams America Forgot

This article was originally published on Ferretbrain. I’ve backdated it to its original Ferretbrain publication date but it may have been edited and amended since its original appearance.

Arrow Video have become one of the better labels for high-quality releases of classic and obscure genre movies in recent years. In an age of Netflix and Amazon Prime, where a tremendous amount of material is available for streaming, Arrow manage to make a compelling case for the continued relevance of physical media by providing releases of movies which often haven’t enjoyed a streaming release, and also by doing excellent jobs of restoring the films they release from the best available sources.

Their new American Horror Project series seems set to continue this tradition. The idea is to provide high-quality releases of horror films from the US which have fallen between the cracks commercially and critically speaking. At least one movie in the first set – Malatesta’s Carnival of Blood – had only one run on the drive-in circuit before it disappeared for good, eventually re-emerging on a bare-bones DVD release decades later.

It sounds good – but are the movies they’ve selected for the first three-film set in the project really worth preserving? Let’s take a look…

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