Tales from the Crypt: Island of the Dead Audio Drama Review (2000)


In 2000, The Seeing Ear Theatre produced eight episodes of Tales from the Crypt audio dramas. Upon discovering this, I decided to listen to the first episode, "Island of Death." Being a huge Tales from the Crypt fan, I was excited to see the campy, gory stories that I love produced in an audio format and went in with high expectations. This was a terrible decision on my part.

Unlike most of my reviews on this site, I plan on discussing some spoilers since the episode runs a meager thirty-eight minutes and I wouldn't have much to discuss if I tried to avoid spoilers. If you insist on listening to this episode (against my recommendation), I won't reveal the ending. Of course, like I suggest with all reviews, if you want the full effect of the artists vision avoid reviews and experience the art form for yourself before reading what other people think.

The show begins with a remixed version of Danny Elfman's iconic Tales from the Crypt theme. This version is inferior to the original which now has lyrics performed by John Kassir, the original Crypt Keeper from the television show. The lyrics don't work and only ruin the flow of the song. This was not a good start to the series, but the theme song doesn't have much effect on the story, so I allowed it to pass over with no judgment.

Just like the television show, once the theme song finished we are greeted by The Crypt Keeper who uses some fun puns to introduce the upcoming story entitled "Island of Death." My immediate thoughts went to Ritual, the often forgotten third Tales from the Crypt movie that took place in Jamaica. That film was no where near the quality of Demon Knight or Bordello of Blood, but it was worth watching and I secretly hoped this was some sort of adaptation. It is not. Instead, Island of the Dead is a version of a story we all have experienced a million times, most notably known as The Most Dangerous Game.

This interpretation of The Most Dangerous Game story is actually an new interpretation of Island of Death, which can be found in issue thirteen of The Vault of Horror. There are some notable differences in the two stories, but the plot is similar.


The story starts off with two newly minted millionaires (Quinn and Baily), thanks to their late 90's internet start up cash, flying to Tahiti and discussing their top five movie lists. Disaster strikes and the plane goes down. Quinn, portrayed by Luke Perry, washes up on the shore of an unmapped island where he is seduced and nursed back to health by a mysterious woman named Galatea, portrayed by Gina Gershon.

After I got to experience my first audio drama sex scene between Quinn and Galatea, Quinn wakes up in a locked room with a TV and we discover that he is on a television show called MANTIS. It's named MANTIS because Galatea takes unsuspecting young men, mates with them, and then hunts them on an island full of microphones and cameras for just one single viewer. The show has an announcer Doris who keeps up with the action and over the next twenty five minutes we join Quinn on his trek through hyena dens and swamplands all while being hunted by a psycho bitch.

The voice acting is average to good. Rarely could I hear Luke Perry's distinct growl and Gina Gershon decided to go all out with chew the audio scenery, which worked well. She especially impressed me towards the last few minutes of audio drama when she decided to ramp it up to eleven and just go nuts.

Where this drama fails is in its script. Besides being totally uninspired and lazy, the writing is just bad. In audio dramas sometimes the characters have to use names a little more often or explain the events going on around them to help the listening fill in the holes and follow the plot. A good audio drama uses people with distinct voices or accents so they can limit the amount of times needed to say a characters name. For example, if you listen to the ensemble piece Who Goes There?, they masterfully bounce between a handful of characters and never once does the listener get lost on who is speaking.

Island of the Dead shouldn't have this issue, because rarely are more than two characters ever in a scene, yet, they still decide to hold the listeners hand and finish almost every sentence with the characters name. This is distracting when you using a unique name like Galatea that stands out in a conversation. I wish I had the patience to go back and count the number of times this name is said, if I had to guess I'd say it's sixty-eighty times over thirty-eight minutes. It's distracting and irritating.

"How could you do this, Galatea?"
"Are you serious Galatea?"
"What is that over there Galatea?"

It was so grinding I almost turned the show off, especially since I had an idea how this show would end thanks to the unoriginal plot.

On the bright side, the writing did capture the campiness and corniness of the series and I felt like the ending was something you'd see in an Tales from the Crypt episode. That part at least felt authentic to the series.

Once we get our big reveal ending, the show ends and The Crypt Keeper is back for a few parting words. And then just like the TV show, we go to the credits.

What I Liked About It:
-John Kassir as The Cryptkeeper
-Decent enough voice acting

What I Didn't Like About It:
-Terrible script
-Terrible theme song

I'm not sure what to expect out of the Tales from the Crypt audio series going forward, but I have to believe it only gets better. This episode is pretty atrocious and I highly recommend you skip it. Officially, I'd rate it a one out of five and a say skip it.

Tales from the Crypt Audio Dramas (2000)


From 1997-2001, The Sci-Fi Channel had an online subsidiary called The Seeing Ear Theatre. The Seeing Ear Theatre was a drama/re-enactment troupe that recorded audio dramas like those popular in the 1930's, 1940's, and 1950's. The audio dramas were then released on SciFi.com for free via RealAudio files as well as on Audible.com.

In 2000, The Seeing Ear Theatre announced they were recording thirteen Tales from the Crypt audio dramas. Most of the producers from the television series returned along with John Kassir, the voice of The Cryptkeeper.

Eight shows were created (out of the thirteen announced) and seven of them were released on audio CD (for some reason "This Trick'll Kill You" was not released). In 2007, SciFi.com removed all references to The Seeing Ear Theatre and their recordings were removed from Audible. Luckily for us, fans still had the recordings saved and they are made available freely online.

The biggest difference in the audio series in comparison to the TV show is that now Danny Elfman's iconic theme has lyrics sung by The Cryptkeeper:
Welcome fiends to creepy scenes of eeriness and gore
Unearthly moans from rattling bones behind each creaking door
It's more than boo that'll frighten you; I long to hear your cries
You won't survive the tale that I've so ghoulishly devised
Dark and haunted, these undaunted Tales from the Crypt!
I've decided to check out this audio series and will update this post as I review each episode.

Episode 1: Island of Death
Episode 2: A Little Stranger
Episode 3: This Trick'll Kill You
Episode 4: Tight Grip
Episode 5: Zombie!
Episode 6: Fare Tonight, Followed By Increasing Clottiness
Episode 7: Carrion Death
Episode 8: By the Fright of the Silvery Moon

The Resort by Bryce Gibson Book Review (2018)


A few months back, I reviewed The Reading Buddy, a 90’s inspired teen horror novel by author Bryce Gibson. It was a fun book that instantly put Bryce Gibson on my list of people to watch for new content. I didn’t have to wait too long since this summer his latest novel, The Resort, is scheduled to be released. Recently Mr. Gibson posted some advance reading copies of The Resort on Twitter and I quickly downloaded the book and finished it in less than twenty-four hours. I found The Resort to be great novel with excellent world building, a spooky atmosphere, and characters that are easy to root for. It’s a perfect combination of the elements I like to find in the supernatural stories that I read.

If you follow my reviews you know I do everything in my power to avoid spoilers. I feel like it’s impossible to discuss this book without spoiling it some, so I recommend you read the book for yourself before reading this review. If you insist on reading further consider this your SPOILER WARNING. 

The Resort begins by introducing us to a young man, Mackenzie, who lives on an island off the coast of South Carolina. His parents own the resort on the island that plays host to rambunctious frat boys, celebrities, and other tourists looking to escape the hustle and bustle of city living. 

Its spring break and that means the island is full of annoying college kids. While these out of control co-eds party, Mackenzie keeps busy doing chores to keep the resort up and running. Some of his chores include: safety checking the zip line, clearing off kudzu from the cell tower, and processing bike rental paperwork. He’s a bit of a jack-of-all trades and seems like a good kid who is trying to help keep his family business running smoothly, while balancing his personal life which includes his good friend (and crush) Kristen who is also on the island for spring break. He’s trying to gather up the courage to finally make his move and solidly his relationship with Kristen, but that’s only if the island doesn’t get in his way first.

After one college student dies tragically, Mackenzie’s father takes off for the mainland because he believes a local urban legend played a part in the death of this student. Mackenzie and Kristen follow after him and that’s when the story begins to peel back the layers. Is Mac’s dad a mad scientist? Is Mac’s supposedly dead aunt still alive? How does an urban legend about a man with branches for fingers factor into all of this?

If there is one thing I can say about The Resort is that nothing is what it seems. The author does a fantastic job in swerving you in and out of ideas that keeps you guessing the entire time. I managed to narrow down the cause behind all the chaos towards the end, but it wasn’t apparent early on in the book which I really liked. A lot of YA horror/thriller tends to tip their hat at the true cause of the horror in the first chapter and that takes the fun out of the guessing game. I enjoy the chase, and I felt like The Resort kept me chasing almost till the very end.

My favorite part of The Resort was its world building. Despite having lived in the South my entire life, I’ve never been on island like the one described in the book, then again, I haven’t been on many islands in my entire life. The island in The Resort may not exist, but man does it feel like a real place. When I think South Carolina islands, my mind goes to something like area around Murrell’s Inlet and that’s nothing like what’s in the book. Bryce Gibson managed to create an island that feels alive, which was necessary to tell the story he tells. It’s truly an impressive feat, and I credit this wonderful island for providing an excellent backdrop for this story to unfold.

I feel like we got a nice balance of characters, all of which are different, none are too cliché, and all received enough attention in the book that they all felt real and useful. There is only one very minor character who serves no purpose (Justin) whose name I feel could have been dropped and the story would have went on smoothly. I developed enough of a relationship with all of the characters that when approaching the end, I felt empathy for the villain of this story which is usually a good sign of a well thought out story. 

One aspect of the story that surprised me was a hint of science fiction that was woven into the plot. I didn’t see that coming, but I’m thankful it was there, because it gave credibility to the pending doom that occurs throughout the final third of the book. I’ll be honest, anything involving plants, (outside of Swamp Thing) is usually an instant turn off for me, but I thought The Resort made a good case for how plant life can be scary when presented in the right story.

I had a couple of issues with story and most of it came once Mackenzie and Kristen arrived on the mainland. I felt like there was a missed opportunity with all the creepy folks out by Silas Harrow site, and I would have loved to seen that explored more before we moved on. It seemed like part of the story was cut out and maybe that scene needed to be trimmed back a little more if we weren’t going to explore it any.

I also had a slight issue with how things were handled the morning after Mac’s father sobered up after running off to the main land. It’s mentioned that they have breakfast, but there is no real moment when Mac confronts his dad or demands an explanation. I understand he’s seventeen, but if I had to take a boat, rent a car and track down my father who is passed out drunk in a stranger’s pickup truck, I’d want an explanation the next morning and wouldn’t just go on business as usual.

My final issue is a bit of confusion. ::SPOILERS:: THIS SECTION RUINS THE ENDING OF THE BOOK SO PLEASE SKIP IT IF YOU HAVE NOT READ IT YET. The plants on the island were controlled by a computer program, but also seemed to respond to Ryan (the spreading of the vines as he walked up to Mac’s house). Was there some sort of mental link between him and the vines. If so, that would explain how all the vines die and free up the island for Mac’s father to be buried. If not, it’s said that the supply boat brings help to the island, but what kind of help? How do you handle all these out of control computer controlled plants, especially after the computer has been destroyed? The ending wasn’t wrapped up in a nice little bow and that’s okay, but I would have liked some clarification on how things went back to normal, well… the new normal for Mackenzie and his mother. ::END SPOILERS::

Overall, I really enjoyed The Resort. In fact, I’d argue that I enjoyed it a bit more than The Reading Buddy. The Resort is a thriller, but like most good thrillers, it has horror elements within it. It’s a fast paced book that is an easy read (in a good way) and one I think most fans of horror/supernatural fiction will enjoy. The ending was well done and comes together fast, intense and is in your face. I love that in a book and it was a great way to end the story.

I’d rate The Resort an eight out of ten and say it’s definitely worth your time. Pick up a copy when the book is released this coming Monday, June 11th.

Check out Bryce Gibson's Website / Twitter

Who Goes There? Audio Drama Review (2002)


On January 24th, 2002, BBC Radio 4 aired an episode of their Chillers series entitled: Who Goes There? This audio drama is an interpretation of John W. Campbell's (under the name Don A. Stuart) 1938 classic novella by the same name. Of course, when referring to this story most people probably know it better by the name that John Carpenter made popular, The Thing.


Who Goes There? was originally adapted for film in 1951 under the name The Thing from Another World. It was a loose adaptation but one that influenced future filmmaker John Carpenter to give the classic science fiction story his own twist in 1982. I watched The Thing when I was twelve or thirteen and immediately fell in love with the icy isolation the film presented and it remains a film that feels timeless and one of a kind.

I was doing some research on audio dramas when I ran across a listing that mentioned the BBC had done an interpretation of Who Goes There? back in 2002. I knew I had to hear it, and luckily for me, it was available online in quite a few places including YouTube.


Clocking in just under 30 minutes, this ensemble piece tells the story of a group of Antarctic scientists who discover an alien in the ice and decide to thaw it out in order to study it. Once thawed, it escapes and begins taking on the form of other carbon based life forms found at the research station such as the sled dogs and the scientists.

The 1982 movie and the audio drama both do a fantastic job at instilling fear and paranoia into the viewer/listener. You truly feel isolated from the world and paranoia sets in when you realize that anyone of the characters may (or may not) be The Thing. The actors do a fantastic job conveying the stress and desperation that comes from facing such an unpredictable situation like this and I found myself really getting into the story.

My only complaint is the beginning of the audio drama spends a little too much time spelling everything out for the listener. Obviously when dealing with an audio drama production some information must be conveyed via dialogue to the listener, but I felt like this one crossed the line with directing stating facts for the listener in order to speed up with world building and move along the story. I'd rather seen this drama stretched out to forty-five minutes or an hour and allow the characters to naturally come to topics instead of listing them off over and over in order to catch the audience up to what is going on at this research station.

The audio production was adapted by Mike Walker, an award winning radio dramatist and directed by Rachel Horan. The rest of the cast is posted below:

MacReady: Liam Brennan
Prof Blair: Loan Meredith
Dr Norris: Cyril Nri
Cdr Gary: Christopher Godwin
Kinner: Harry Myers
Connant: Colin Adrian

I enjoyed Who Goes There? and it's a quick, fun listen that I think all fans of The Thing can find some pleasure in listening to. The cast is British and the ending is different, but I think that is what makes this adaptation unique and interesting to listen to. I'd recommend listening to it alone at night with headphones and its even better if you are snowed in.

I'd rate Who Goes There? a seven out of ten and say it's worth a listen.

Horror Movies Watched So Far in 2018

It's June and that means the year is halfway over! It really does feel like time goes by faster as you get older, because I feel like Christmas was just last month.

I was looking back on the past six months and I realized that I've watched quite a few horror movies that haven't been discussed or reviewed here on The 90s Horror Review. I thought I'd give a quick review of what I've watched so far this year.


Mike Flanaghan has quickly made a name for himself in the horror community and I decided that I wanted to catch up on all his previous work. Oculus stars two of my favorite actresses: Katee Sackhoff and Karen Gillian who play a mother and daughter dealing with a haunted mirror that has been brought into their life. The story takes place in two time periods and alternates back and forth and it's a very simple story, but a scary one. I really dug it. Four stars out of five.


I think we've all got a little vampire fatigue, but after seeing this title pop up on Netflix I decided to give it a go. I'm a big fan of Josh Hartnett and this movie has some absolutely stunning cinematography. I love movies set in isolated and snowed in towns, and this movie really captures that well. The vampires were unique and intimidating, but the story fell a little flat. Three stars out of five.


Fede Alvarez's remake of Evil Dead is one of my favorite horror movies of all-time. It seems like as every year passes, my appreciation for it grows more and more. I was excited to finally sit down and watch his follow up film and I found another tension based horror film that keeps you on the edge of your seat. I didn't enjoy it as much as Evil Dead, but Don't Breathe is a fantastic film and one I think everyone should check out. Four stars out of five.


I never saw the first Ouija, but after hearing great things about Mike Flanaghan's sequel, I decided to check it out. Origin of Evil is a fine film that feels like a throwback. I adored the cigarette burns during the reel changes and I thought the movie was competent, but nothing special. It was a forgettable flick, but a good way to spend ninety minutes. Three stars out of a five.


I wanted to love this film. After seeing the trailer, I was so hyped for it. They marketed it as Groundhog Day in a slasher film and that sounds like something right up my alley. Sadly, the film didn't live up the hype. It's partially due to a very unlikeable protagonist, although she does end up growing on you. I'm interested in seeing if the sequel can right the wrongs of the first film. Two stars out of five.


I heard about this film from the r/horror and to be honest, it's not typically my type of horror film. Pet is about a man who keeps a woman caged in the basement of a pet shelter in order to "fix her." Things aren't what they seem and the film provides many twists and turns and keeps you guessing about who is manipulating who. I loved it, but its a one time watch, especially after a scene at the very end that sucked. Four stars out of five.


I tried to distance myself from the hype of Get Out because. By waiting a year later, I think I managed to avoid most of it and I went in with a fresh attitude towards the film. I loved the first half of the movie. I thought it was a wonderful film, full of creepy moments and fantastic social commentary. Then the film takes a turn and I was not a fan. It felt like two movies combined into one and once our main character learns more about what is going on, I wasn't much of a fan of how the film decided to go. Three stars out of five.


I've seen Alien at least a dozen times, and while the tension is mostly lost on me now, I always enjoy accompanying the Nostromo crew on their adventure. Alien is a classic for a reason and I'll always be a fan. Four stars out of five.


I'd heard good things about The Shallows, but I'm not the biggest shark movie fan. I like Jaws and Deep Blue Sea, but that's about the extent of my shark movie love. Well, I guess I can add The Shallows to that short list. This was a great film full of tension. It had that "this could happen to anyone" vibe and I love that in horror. Four stars out of five.


I'd heard some online rumblings about The Ritual and decided to give it a shot. I'm so glad I did. It's a wonderful monster movie that takes place in a forest in Sweden. The movie has a great cast, a good story and some excellent effects. Four stars out of five.

Other horror movies watched that will get feature reviews on the site: Stigmata, Scream 4, Valentine, Phantoms, Demon Knight, Mimic, Event Horizon, The People Under the Stairs, The Craft, Teaching Mrs. Tingle, Alien vs. Predator, My Bloody Valentine, Still Screaming, Jennifer's Body, Jeepers Creepers, and Halloween 3.

Final Destination 3 Review (2006)


My History With the Film:
I was a big fan of the first two Final Destinations, but by the time the third one was released I was a little burned out. I remember renting the DVD and within the first few minutes I knew I wasn’t in the mood to watch it. I made it up until the first death scene (post the premonition scene) and I turned the film off and went on to do something else.

In February of 2018, I decided that I wanted to finish my rewatch of the series and this time watch every film completely. I started up Final Destination 3, this time with a much better attitude and found myself enjoying the film quite a bit. I like the pacing and the consistency of this franchise and Final Destination 3 is a decent entry.

What The Film Is About (Non-Spoiler):
A young woman has a premonition of a rollercoaster causing the death of her classmates. When she flips out, she is removed from the ride along with several others who Death now must track down and finish the job. 

What I Liked About It:
-What’s not to love about the crazy death scenes? Even if you dislike the Final Destination series, you gotta love the death scenes. They are realistic in a Darwin Awards type of way, and it makes watching these movies a lot of fun. 

-I love that this film used a rollercoaster as the big event that affects the rest of the plot. I personally do not like rollercoasters, and like they said in the movie, it’s all because of control. I do not like not being in control. Put a steering wheel and some breaks on a rollercoaster, and I’ll ride it all day, but strap me into something and make me hold for the ride, no thank you. 

-There is a scene where death attempts to catch up with a couple of our survivors while sitting in a drive thru at a fast food joint. In terms of a Final Destination death scene, this is quite tame, but there is something about it that has bothered me long after my viewing. While sitting in a drive thru, I'm usually relax and not totally observant to my surroundings. I think this scene tapped into that and then showed you how easy it would be to be rendered defenseless and at the mercy of the other objects around you.

What I Didn't Like About It:
-Overall, I feel like the death scenes were weaker in this entry than the previous two. ::SPOILERS:: The tanning bed is something I’m sure everyone has thought of, and it helps fulfill this morbid fantasy/fear that we all have. I don’t ride rollercoasters nor do I tan, so I couldn’t relate to these two deaths nearly as much as some of the other ones featured in this franchise. ::END SPOILERS::

-The cast does a serviceable job, but it really does feel like we were stuck with the B team. I’m a huge fan of Amanda Crew, and I thought she did well, but no one really had a break out performance. All of the characters felt like random teenager fodder and the script didn’t really offer the characters much to do or say.
Additional Notes:
-Tony Todd (the mortician in the first two films) provided the voice for the subway operator and the devil above the entrance of the rollercoaster. The roller-coaster used was “The Corkscrew” at Playland in Vancouver, Canada. The ride is actually slower and tamer, but CGI was used to add loops and multiple corkscrew sections.
-The cast had to ride the roller coaster twenty-six times in one night to get the footage for the opening scene.
-Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Wendy) and Crystal Lowe (Ashlyn) starred in the remake of Black Christmas, along with Kristen Cloke who played Valerie Lewton in the original Final Destination.
-The truck that pins Wendy and Kevin in at the drive-thru is the same truck from Final Destination 2. In Final Destination 2, the truck says “Drink Responsibly” but then the driver is drinking from a bottle and Kimberly and her friends point out how ironic that is. 
Notable Horror Connections:
  • Chelan Simmons: See No Evil 2, Carrie (2002), Tucker and Dale vs. Evil, and IT (1990).
  • Jesse Moss: Ginger Snaps, The Uninvited, and Tucker and Dale vs. Evil.
  • Mary Elizabeth Winstead: 10 Cloverfield Lane, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, The Thing (2011), The Ring Two, and Black Christmas.
  • Ryan Merriman: The Ring Two and Halloween Resurrection.
  • Amanda Crew: The Haunting in Connecticut
  • Kris Lemche: Ginger Snaps
Rating:
I stand by the fact that the Final Destination series may be the scariest horror series. The villain is Death, who is unbeatable, and always gets his man/woman. It’s the one villain that we will all face in life, one way or another, and that makes these films troubling. With that being said, the execution of these films is fun. The death scenes are over-the-top and the tension can be wonderful. I feel like this particular film is the laziest of the first three movies, and doesn’t really try too hard. It sticks to the formula that works, channels the same story we’re used to, and then ends. That’s not to say its not an enjoyable ride, but the film feels like a cheap cash in.
Of the first three Final Destinations that I’ve reviewed, part three is very skippable. It’s not a bad film, it just doesn’t live up to the expectations of the first two films. I’d say Final Destination 3 is healthy six out of ten, and is a worthy watch to complete the entire series, but as a standalone film it should be skipped.

Scream on DVD, Blu-Ray, and Laser Disc Releases

I’ve already broken down the various Scream releases on VHS and thought I’d take a look at the DVD, Blu-Ray, and laser disc release history now. Scream has been released and re-released several times over the years, but sadly has never truly had an perfect release containing all the bonus features and unrated cut. The only thing we can hope for is that Scream Factory will eventually get their hands on the franchise, but until then, here are your North American choices.

Note: I'm only looking at the first Scream film in this article. In combo packs I will not break down extras or discuss the sequels included. I may tackle them in another post at a later date.

Scream DVD (1997)

Theatrical R-Rated Version
Extras:
-Audio Commentary with Wes Craven and Kevin Williamson
-Red band trailer

This was the original release from 1997. It’s pretty bare bones with just a commentary track and trailer. You can tell it’s the 1997 edition because of the purple widescreen logo across the artwork.


 Scream DVD (1998) Cover 1

Theatrical R-Rated Version
Extras:
-Audio Commentary with Wes Craven and Kevin Williamson
-Original Promo Featurette (6 Minutes)
-Two Short Featurettes ("On the Scream Set" and "Drew Barrymore") (3 Minutes)
-Q&A with the Cast ("What's your favorite scary movie?" and "Why are people so fascinated by horror films?" (5 minutes)
-Special Effects Gallery
-Cast and Crew Bios
-Trivia
-Two Trailers, Seven TV spots, and Stills Gallery

I have not actually seen a Scream DVD without the Widescreen banner or the Collector's Series logo, so I'm not 100% convinced this DVD exists. However, several sites online suggest that it does, so I've decided to include it for the time being.

This version (along with the 1998 Collector's Series) are identical with the only different being the artwork.



Scream DVD (1998) Cover 2

Theatrical R-Rated Version
Extras:
-Audio Commentary with Wes Craven and Kevin Williamson
-Original Promo Featurette (6 Minutes)
-Two Short Featurettes ("On the Scream Set" and "Drew Barrymore") (3 Minutes)
-Q&A with the Cast ("What's your favorite scary movie?" and "Why are people so fascinated by horror films?" (5 minutes)
-Special Effects Gallery
-Cast and Crew Bios
-Trivia
-Two Trailers, Seven TV spots, and Stills Gallery

This version includes the Collector’s Series band across the top of the artwork. This disc will be reused throughout the different bundles as you'll see below.

 
Ultimate Scream Edition DVD (2000)

Theatrical R-Rated Version
Extras:
-Audio Commentary with Wes Craven and Kevin Williamson
-Behind the Scream documentary (30 minutes)
-Scream Outakes
-Cast Screen tests (Neve Campbell, Skeet Ulrich, and Jamie Kennedy)
-An Editing Game featuring Cotton Weary's Apartment
-Fictional Trailers from Sunrise Studios (the makers of Stab)
-DVD-ROM: Screen saver, screenplay, and trivia game
-Original Promo Featurette (6 Minutes)
-Two Short Featurettes ("On the Scream Set" and "Drew Barrymore") (3 Minutes)
-Q&A with the Cast ("What's your favorite scary movie?" and "Why are people so fascinated by horror films?" (5 minutes)
-Special Effects Gallery
-Cast and Crew Bios
-Trivia
-Two Trailers, Seven TV spots, and Stills Gallery

This is a four disc set that combines the 1998 Collector's Series disc with the Scream 2 and 3 Collector's Editions. There is a fourth disc that is full of bonus features not found on any other set. See the highlighted extras above that exclusive to this set.


Scream DVD Triple Pack (2009)
 

Theatrical R-Rated Version
Extras:
-Audio Commentary with Wes Craven and Kevin Williamson
-Original Promo Featurette (6 Minutes)
-Two Short Featurettes ("On the Scream Set" and "Drew Barrymore") (3 Minutes)
-Q&A with the Cast ("What's your favorite scary movie?" and "Why are people so fascinated by horror films?" (5 minutes)
-Special Effects Gallery
-Cast and Crew Bios
-Trivia
-Two Trailers, Seven TV spots, and Stills Gallery

This includes the 1998 Collector’s Series bundled alongside the Scream 2 and 3 Collector's Series. There are no additional features or extras.



Scream DVD Triple Feature (2011)

Theatrical R-Rated Version
-Audio Commentary with Wes Craven and Kevin Williamson
-Original Promo Featurette (6 Minutes)
-Two Short Featurettes ("On the Scream Set" and "Drew Barrymore") (3 Minutes)
-Q&A with the Cast ("What's your favorite scary movie?" and "Why are people so fascinated by horror films?" (5 minutes)
-Special Effects Gallery
-Cast and Crew Bios
-Trivia
-Two Trailers, Seven TV spots, and Stills Gallery

The Scream DVD Triple Feature from 2011 is identical to the 2009 Triple Pack. It uses the same 1998 Collector's Series DVD with the same extras. The only major difference is the packaging which this time combines all three movies into one standard size amaray case.

 
Scream 1-4 Pack (2018)

Theatrical R-Rated Version
Extras:
-Probably the same as the Collector's Edition, but I'm not 100% sure.
 
The Scream 1-4 Pack is the latest in Scream DVD releases having been released in January 2018. It's the only release in the United States to include all four Scream films in one collection. No extra features are listed on the back of the box and I haven't been able to confirm exactly what discs are in this particular set, but I'd assume its still the same Collector's Edition disc that was used in all the other releases. I don't see anyone going out of their way to make a new Scream DVD in 2018 for a budget set.



Scream Blu Ray (2011)

Theatrical R-Rated Version
Extras:
-Audio Commentary with Wes Craven and Kevin Williamson
-Original Promo Featurette (6 Minutes)
-Two Short Featurettes ("On the Scream Set" and "Drew Barrymore") (3 Minutes)
-Q&A with the Cast ("What's your favorite scary movie?" and "Why are people so fascinated by horror films?" (5 minutes)
-Trailers and TV spots

The Blu ray omits the cast and crew bios and the special effects gallery seen on previous DVD releases. All of the features are presented in standard definition and there are no new features on the disc. The biggest selling point for the blu ray is that this is the first time the film is presented in anamorphic widescreen. All of the previous releases were non-anamorphic


Scream 5 Film Set Blu Ray (2011)
 
Theatrical R-Rated Version
Extras:
-Audio Commentary with Wes Craven and Kevin Williamson
-Documentary: Still Screaming (90 minutes)
-Documentary: Scream: The Inside Story (90 minutes)
-Original Promo Featurette (6 Minutes)
-Two Short Featurettes ("On the Scream Set" and "Drew Barrymore") (3 Minutes)
-Q&A with the Cast ("What's your favorite scary movie?" and "Why are people so fascinated by horror films?" (5 minutes)
-Trailers and TV spots

This Blu ray set includes the same disc included in the standard Scream Blu ray. Also included are Scream 2 and 3, and two documentaries found on separate discs (thus the Five Film set title.) Scream 4 is not included and I'm sure this poorly worded title has fooled people into thinking they were buying all four films.

The two documentaries (Still Screaming and Scream: The Inside Story) are not found on any other release outside of this package.

None of the extra features from the "Ultimate Scream Edition" are included.




Scream Laserdisc (1997)
 

Unrated Director’s Cut
Extras:
-Audio Commentary with Wes Craven and Kevin Williamson

The biggest reason to own the Scream laserdisc is that this is the best looking format to see the unrated director's cut since it never made its way onto DVD in the United States. The only other place to find it is the collector's edition VHS tapes which had the unrated cut by accident.

It's obvious the commentary track was recorded for the laserdisc because it mentions it being the unrated cut. However, this commentary track made its way onto all the DVD releases which were R rated.

What makes the commentary track really interesting is that it was recorded before Kevin Williamson's career took off with Dawson's Creek, so he comes across very humble and almost fanboyish.



Scream Laserdisc (1998)

Unrated Director’s Cut
Extras:
-Audio Commentary with Wes Craven and Kevin Williamson

The only difference in this laserdisc from the previous laserdisc is an added DTS track.

As you can see there is no true "ultimate package" when it comes to Scream. If you want to experience Scream and all the features you would need to pick up a laserdisc for the unrated cut, then buy the Ultimate Scream DVD set so that you get the bonus disc full of features, and then buy the five disc Blu-ray set so you can watch the film in its best presentation and also enjoy the two documentaries.