Yesterday I came home from work to a little brown package on my front porch greeting me and I was super excited because I immediately knew what it was. For those who don’t know, I’m a huge horror fan. I love horror films, TV shows, comics, books, video games, etc. So when I found out about Horror Pack, I decided to give them a shot, because they’re a little different then most of the other horror subscription boxes out there. With Horror Pack there is actually two different subscriptions that you can sign up for, the regular DVD subscription (which is $19.99 a month, shipped) or the BLU-RAY subscription (which is $24.99 a month, shipped). You can also do three, six, or twelve month subscriptions for each box that takes the price down a little more the longer you do the subscription for (for instance the DVD pack is $19.99 for one month, $19.24/month for three months, $18.49/month for six months, and $17.74/month for twelve months. In Horror Pack you get four different horror movies each month, and what’s really nice is if you want to get both the regular DVD subscription as well as the BLU-RAY subscription, they actually send different films in each box so you can, so you can get up to eight different movies each month for actually only about $5 a movie, which is pretty good. I ended up signing up for the regular DVD subscription.
The box itself is just a plain brown box and then within the box is a white mailer bag to protect the DVDs and also conceal them which I like because it adds to the mystery and protects the movies from becoming damaged.
So another fun thing about this subscription is each month, on their Instagram, they post clues as to what each of the films are going to be for people to guess. It’s just a fun little added game that I really enjoy.
The first hint that they gave was “A true master of horror obscures your view with this frightener.” So immediately I thought The Fog by John Carpenter. The “obscures your view” was a huge flag to me that it had to be The Fog or The Mist but when it said “a true master of horror”, I figured that was a tip of the hat to Carpenter so that had been my guess for that movie. And it turns out I was correct.
If you’re not familiar with The Fog, the movie follows this small town on the California coast who is in the process of celebrating the centennial of the town. A few nights before, however, strange things start to happen, including the disappearance of a fishing ship, the finding of a old journal of one of the founder’s that reveals the town’s dark history, and a thick strange fog, among other things. But when the fog comes back the next night, and more bad things happen, the people of the town realize that the fog is hiding something deadly and it’s out to destroy.
I love The Fog, it’s a true classic in my book. I’m a big fan of John Carpenter in general, especially the scores he creates, and this film has an amazing score that really adds to the darkness and atmosphere of the film. It’s also a very different story. You don’t find too many tales like this and certainly don’t see many movies like it. The only other one I can think with a semi-similar concept is The Mist, which was originally a novella written by Stephen King, but other then that I can’t really think of anything else quite like this. If you’ve never seen this film, definitely check it out. You’ll definitely want to see this 1980 version of the film, as there is a remake that came out in 2005, which is actually pretty good for a remake, but I definitely recommend this original film, the score alone makes it 100% worth it.
The next clue that they gave was “Sometimes being a mama’s boy requires a little bit of killing”. So this one I immediately thought Psycho but then I also thought that it could potentially be Friday the 13th Part Two. But I was actually wrong with both guesses. So this month Horror Pack promised us an exclusive, limited edition DVD and this was actually the DVD that they choose for that.
So I have never even heard of this film before but I’m definitely very interested in checking this one out. From what I can tell, Carl is about a mama’s boy who will do anything that his mother orders, including kill for her. A couple who are on a romantic getaway somehow get mixed up in things with the family and they must fight to survive. This is me attempting to summarize the summary, so I’m not 100% sure how accurate I am. I’ve never even heard of this one before but it almost seems like it is a mixture of Texas Chainsaw Massacre meets Friday the 13th or Psycho. On the IMDB page, it does call this film a psychological horror/thriller film, so I’m definitely very excited to check it out.
UPDATE: Did watch this one and actually enjoyed it. It was a bit of a slasher and kind of demented.
The next clue that was given was “Back-to-back films tell the further story of this resurrected demonic monster.” So my initial reaction with this one was Pumpkinhead 1 and 2. At first I thought it could be a few other things like Night of the Demons, and I also saw some other people guess Evil Dead and I considered both of those, but then this clue specifically says that it is about a resurrected demonic monster, singular, not plural, so I ruled both of those other ones out. Turns out I was right about the franchise just not which movies that they sent.
Here we have Pumpkinhead: Ashes to Ashes and Pumkinhead: Blood Feud, the 3rd and 4th films in the franchise, which makes sense since the clue does specifically say that it furthers the story of the monster. I actually have not seen either of these films before, I have only ever seen the original Pumpkinhead film, and I actually saw it years ago so I don’t really remember much about it. I do remember that Pumpkinhead is a demon of vengeance that is summoned in the first film, I don’t know how the sequels continue on the story because I’ve never seen them, but I’m excited to have this two pack. To me, this ups the value of the box even more because now I’m actually getting two films in the place of one, so one additional film in the box. So now I’m definitely going to have to pick up the first two so that I can watch those and then watch these ones.
And the final clue was “These drug trial participants get way more then a quick paycheck”. So I actually guessed Bloodwork on this one, but was wrong, it was actually The Facility, which I really should have guessed because that’s a more well known film about the topic.
The Facility is about a group of drug trial participants who are injected with this drug which then turns out to have horrific side effects and turns the participants into homicidal maniacs basically. I do remember seeing at least a part of this film, but I don’t believe that I’ve actually seen the whole movie, so I’m excited to have it to watch.
Overall I really like Horror Pack, I definitely feel like I got my moneys worth with this subscription. Normally the box is $19.99, so with technically five movies (considering the one was a double feature) that would only be approximately $4 a film, but I actually had a $3 off coupon for the box, so it ended up being $16.99 or about $3.40 a film. I ended up getting 5 movies that I’m actually excited about, two of which I have seen and the other three are new to me. I also really liked the variation in this box. I received a supernatural horror film, a psychological thriller, what appears to be a slasher, and two demonic horror films. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who is looking to get DVDs every month to build their collection. I also have here a coupon code here if anybody is interested in signing up of the subscription, this will get you $3 off of your first box!