Extreme Terror - 3 Disc Boxset (Black Christmas, House of the Devil, Bathory: Countess of Blood)
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Triple bill of horrors.
'Cherry Tree Lane' (2010) is a tense urban thriller in which a couple are taken hostage by a gang planning revenge on their son. Christine and Mike (Rachael Blake and Tom Butcher) arrive home from work as usual to prepare dinner for themselves and their teenage son, Sebastian (Tom Kane). They are disturbed by a knock at the front door, which leads to a group of aggressive teenagers barging into the house. The teenagers want to have a word or two with the absent Sebastian, who they believe to be guilty of grassing up one of their friends, and are plenty happy to hold hostage and terrorise his parents until he returns.
'House of the Devil' (2009) follows cash-strapped college student Samantha Hughes (Jocelin Donahue), who takes a babysitting job in a remote country mansion. Fairly soon, Samantha senses that something isn't quite right and that she was naive to believe she could land such a well-paid job without a catch. As a lunar eclipse darkens the sky overhead, Samantha begins to get the uncomfortable feeling that her employers (Tom Noonan and Mary Woronov) intend to use her for something rather more sinister than childcare.
'Bathory: Countess of Blood' (2008) is based on the legend of 16th-century Hungarian Countess Elizabeth Bathory, who was said to bathe in the blood of virgins in a bid to preserve her youth and beauty. This feature, directed by Juraj Jakubisko, portrays Bathory (Anna Friel) in a somewhat different light - a woman born ahead of her time, who was betrayed by the men in her life. These include a talented young painter with whom she begins an affair, Merisi Caravaggio (Hans Matheson), and conniving rival land owner Juraj Thurzo (Karel Roden).