It / The Shuttered Room (DVD)

It / The Shuttered Room DVD review (click for larger image)Reviewed by Uncle Creepy

Starring (It) Roddy McDowall, Jill Haworth, Paul Maxwell, Aubrey Richards; (The Shuttered Room) Gig Young, Carol Lynley, Oliver Reed, Flora Robson

Directed by (It 1966) Herbert J. Leder; (The Shuttered Room 1967) David Greene

Distributed by Warner Home Video

Ah, the double feature. So many thrills! One low price! You just can’t beat it, man. Warner Brothers continues to open up their horror vaults thereby delivering some more of their best and little seen genre flicks onto DVD. This time up — two tales from the Sixties, It and The Shuttered Room. Let’s start with the first.

It is a pretty common title so as a means to clear up any confusion this is not the Stephen King tale, nor is it the 1958 classic It! The Terror Beyond Space which was more or less the inspiration for Alien many years later.

This It follows the exploits of Arthur Pimm (McDowall) an insane museum worker with a penchant for his mom’s corpse. Everything is strange as usual in old Artie’s life until he happens upon a nine-foot Golem or — as the title puts it — It. Of course Pimm ends up sicking the stone creature on all of his rivals and before you know it we have got ourselves a good old fashioned body count to enjoy.

It / The Shuttered Room DVD review (click for larger image)With echoes of dozens of other films, It stands on its own as a delightfully dark, tongue-in-cheek horror film that’s riddled with low budget nonsense, over-the-top hammy performances, and enough cheese to feed a third world country for decades. I love It!

The second film in this package, The Shuttered Room, is a true sight to behold. Never mind its gloriously laughable (and sometimes genuinely creepy) storyline about a young woman who returns home to find out the truth about her family curse. That’s cool and all, but there is one true reason to watch this film — Gig Young be thy name.

Holy cow! Young (the male lead) is kind of like a walking cartoon of what people thought was cool in that era. He’s suave, has an amazing car, and he possesses manly good looks as well as a biting sense of humor. The best part that makes him the total package of Sixties Chic? If you get in this dude’s way, he will Karate chop the shit out of you. You will fear his manliness. You will bathe in his sea of machismo. Gig Young will fuck you up. Sleep with one eye open. You’ve been warned.

There are so many reasons to own this DVD it’s hard to even know where to start. Sure there are no extras, but wow, is there a lot of fun. Go ahead. Click the link below. Worship at the alter of Gig. You know you want to. It’s crazy, baby!

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    • Pennywise

      A look at the theatrical poster of the It reviewed here proves you correct. Somehow I’m not surprised SK’s title design for the book was inspired by an obscure 60’s B-movie. Stephen is so not getting a balloon from me now.

      Note: I meant to reply to Frank below, but it ended up here as a new comment thread. Oh well.

      • frank_dracman

        I highly doubt one influenced another. Just a coincidence. Old and forgotten movies have the same name as newer ones from time to time. Give the guy his balloon, I’m sure he’ll appreciate it.

        • Pennywise

          I wasn’t referring to simply the name being the same. I was saying that the title graphic design on the above DVD and the title design on my book and film are identical. Big, blood red IT in bold font. That caught my eye as soon as I clicked on the review and it loaded up.

          I probably will give King the balloon anyway, as I have an overstock right now. The economic crisis has hit Derry now, and families are moving away. My business is down.

    • frank_dracman

      Pennywise, It! came out in 1966, so if anything King ripped it off!
      I can see how a lot of people may never had heard of the film, but it was one of my childhood favorites. Any time it was on TV my mom and me would sit down and watch it. “he’s a great actor!” she would say about McDowall (spelling, Creepy?), and she’s right. He’s done mostly voice work over the last ten years, but in his prime he was classy, charming, had an outstanding voice (remember The Black Hole?), and starred in Fright Night. What more could you ask for?

      • Gus Bjork

        Me too! This was a favorite of mine as a kid. I had forgotten about it completely until I saw the photo of the golem. Boy does that bring me back.

      • JD Fitch

        > He’s done mostly voice work over the last ten years,

        Actually he’s been dead the last ten years, which severely limited his voice work… 🙂

    • Pennywise

      I love how they outright steal the title design from my memoirs (Stephen King’s IT of course), probably in the vain hope people will think it’s related. I didn’t eat worlds and survive for eons to be ripped off by some B-movie double feature.