Written by: Michael Den Boer on August 17th, 2006
Theatrical Release Dates: Mexico, 1985 (Cemetery Of Terror), Mexico, 1989 (Grave Robbers)
Director: Rubén Galindo Jr. (Both Films)
Cast: Hugo Stiglitz, Usi Velasco, Erika Buenfil, Edna Bolkan, María Rebeca, Servando Manzetti, Eduardo Capetillo, René Cardona III (Cemetery Of Terror), Fernando Almada, Erika Buenfil, Edna Bolkan, María Rebeca (Grave Robbers)
DVD released: August 22nd, 2006
Approximate running time: 91 minutes (Cemetery Of Terror), 88 minutes (Grave Robbers)
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 Full Frame (Both Films)
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono (Both Films)
DVD Release: BCI Eclipse/Crypt Of Terror
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $14.98
Cemetery Of Terror: Three dudes are trying too scare the three chicks they are rolling with. So they steal Devlon’s body from the morgue and take his corpse to the local graveyard where they chant from a black book. When nothing happens except a nasty rainstorm so the group pf friends decided to go back to the house they were partying at. After they leave Devlon corpse rises from the dead and go on a killing spree around town.
Cemetery of Terror is an uneven plot that starts off with an amazing opening and then the film gets progressively worse from their. The final nail in the coffin is when a group of pre-teens get caught up in what is going on. They totally ruin anything redeeming that came before their appearance. The violence in the film a few times feels abrupt and like it might have been trimmed. The films super spooky score which sounds like a cross between Ennio Morricone with his choral chants and John Copartner’s Halloween score. The killer in the film Devlon is very stiff as he slowly stalks his victims which makes one wonder how he ever catches them.
If any film this one appears to have been blueprinted after it would be Michael Jackson’s thriller video. Besides one of the kids trick or treating is wearing a Michael Jackson jacket there is also the frame ending for this film that oddly resembles Thriller right down to the creepy laugh. The most baffling thing of all is how three boys steal a corpse to scare the ladies they are with and once they are scared they will sleep with the boys. For boys that are Horney and ready they sure take a long time to taking their clothes off. The acting is horrendous with a special award that should be given to Hugo Stiglitz who just seems to be phoning this performance in.
Overall Cemetery of Terror is so bad at times it hurts.
Grave Robbers: A couple hundred years ago a Monk who was under the spell of Satan declares his own resurrection during his final moments before being sentenced to death by his fellow Monk’s. Flash forward present day a group of trouble making teens go to the local graveyard in search of gold a and riches. Unbeknown to them while digging up graves and looking for gold they accidentally help bring an evil Monk back to life. The monk is looking for a virgin bride to bear Satan’s child and he will kill anyone who gets in his way.
Ruben Galindo Jr. who also directed Cemetery of Terror returns with another tale of macabre with Grave Robbers a film that is actually more confusing then Cemetery of Terror. The film is gory but the special effects look generic. There are axes in peoples head’s, decapitations and hands that explode out of chests. Of course the bad guy Monk kills everyone in true horror form fashion expect the virgin who he needs to reproduced even though he is a walking corpse. This film lacks any real scares and the acting is downright awful and despite a cool premise one has to wonder how this film ever got made.
Overall Grave Robbers somehow manages to even worse then Cemetery of Terror the first film included with this double feature.
Cemetery of Terror and Grave Robbers are both presented in a full frame aspect ratio. The framing of the image is never tight and at times there looks like there is too much head which leads me too believe that these are open matte transfers. Both films suffer from print damage which is presented through out. Colors while slightly muted do look pretty good overall. Details are reasonably sharp with noticeable grain through out. Overall while these transfers do look ruff they are more then adequate and their flaws never become distracting.
Both films come with only one audio option their original Spanish language which is presented in a Dolby Digital mono. Outside of some minor hiss both films soundtracks sound evenly and dialog is clear. Removable English subtitles have been included with both films. There are few spelling errors on the soundtracks on the subtitles.
This is budget line release so it comes s no surprise that there are no extras outside of the two feature films. Crypt of Terror is a new budget line of Mexican horror films being released by BCI Eclipse. Their first offering Cemetery Of Terror and Grave Robbers pairs together two low grade B horror epics. Despite some of the source materials shortcomings this double feature DVD retails at a more then affordable price.