Terror in the Aisles
|Terror in the Aisles|
Original film poster
|Directed by||Andrew J. Kuehn|
|Produced by||Andrew J. Kuehn
|Written by||Margery Doppelt|
|Music by||John Beal|
|Cinematography||John A. Alonzo|
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures|
|Running time||84 minutes|
Terror in the Aisles is a 1984 documentary film about horror films featuring clips from Friday the 13th I and/or II, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Halloween I and II, Jaws 1 and 2, Alien, John Carpenter's The Thing, The Shining and Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho and The Birds. The film is hosted by Donald Pleasence and Nancy Allen. The original music score is composed by John Beal.
Director Andrew J. Kuehn has excerpted brief segments of terror and suspense in a wide variety of horror films and strung them together with added commentary, as well as some enacted narrative, to create a compilation of fright-inducing effects. Halloween actor Donald Pleasence and Dressed to Kill star Nancy Allen provide the commentary on topics such as "sex and terror" (Dressed to Kill, Klute, Ms. 45, The Seduction, When a Stranger Calls), loathsome villains (Dracula, Frankenstein, Marathon Man, Nighthawks, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Touch of Evil, Vice Squad, Wait Until Dark, What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?), "natural terror" (Alligator, The Birds, Frogs, Jaws 1 and 2, Nightwing) and the occult (An American Werewolf in London, Rosemary's Baby, The Exorcist, The Omen, Carrie, The Shining). In one segment of the anthology, legendary filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock presents his concepts of how to create suspense in a clip from Alfred Hitchcock: Men Who Made The Movies.
The film was released on VHS by MCA Home Video in 1985. The film is currently available, for the first time on a digital format, as a Special Feature on the 30th Anniversary Edition of Halloween II (1981) Blu-ray. On October 15, 2012, Universal released the film on DVD as part of its Universal Vault Series.
The film's DVD and Blu-Ray release is presented in a 1.85:1 aspect ratio, as per the film's original theatrical release. Any films that were represented in Terror in the Aisles that were originally filmed in an anamorphic process were cropped to fit Terror's theatrical aspect ratio.
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