Vinegar Syndrome ports and upgrades another Troma release, the grim 1972 proto-slasher Pigs.
Another Blu upgrade of a previously released Troma offering, Frightmare (aka the Horror Star) is a Norman Thaddeus Vane affair primarily known as an early vehicle for Stuart Gordon and Full Moon Pictures standby Jeffrey Combs.
You might think that yet another Troma acquisition, marked by intermittently recurring haze, light flicker and grain issues might get something of a bemused dismissal, particularly in light of the usual crispness and quality Vinegar Syndrome gives to their hardcore obscurities.
But you’d then need to have been unfamiliar with this selfsame film’s prior DVD iteration.
I can’t vouch for other folks, but once I got out of my early to mid teens, I just could no longer stomach all those crappy Rankin Bass puppet-fests, maudlin Frank Capra and Dickens “sentimental favorites” and all that bullsh*t about how wonderful it is to get the family together. Please.
I recall seeing some portion of Sugar Cookies a few years back on a VHS dupe, pan and scan Troma release, and being wholly unimpressed. I found it dull, pointless and decidedly undersexed – opinions that certainly retain some measure of validity even now. But whether due to (greatly) improved visual clarity and color or a more unedited print this time around, I can finally see some merit to the film’s longstanding cult status.
In fact, I downright enjoyed it.
“Everybody’s got something to do, everybody but you!”
…which explains why you’re wasting an hour and a half watching the cheesy public domain staple Night Train to Terror.