Review: Paramount Scares Vol. 1

Get ready for a season of haunting entertainment because PARAMOUNT SCARES VOL. 1, Paramount Home Entertainment’s inaugural, limited-edition collection of chilling films has arrived! Today you can plumb the depths of the horror genre with this collectible box set featuring five unforgettable movies, all in eye-popping 4K Ultra HD, along with over four hours of legacy special features and exclusive collectible items.

Housed in deluxe packaging, each of the following films is presented in a special sleeve with artwork exclusive to the collection: Crawl, Pet Sematary, Rosemary’s Baby, Smile & Sweeney Todd.

All these films are well established, so I have no need to waste time with more links to any other reviews as far as how good the films may or may not be. Do you have a favorite?

This set also holds collectible items, including an exclusive, full-size Fangoria magazine produced especially for the release.  This special edition of the celebrated publication—“first in fright” since 1979—features a curated selection of new and classic articles from the magazine’s archives.  The set also includes a Paramount Scares enamel pin, unique stickers, and access to a Digital copy of each film.

“The Paramount Scares collection is highly recommended.”

Review –

Paramount Scares: Volume One box is black with dark red accents that look like blood! Along with that, the front and center has the new “Paramount Scares” logo surrounded by characters from the films that are included on the inside of the box. It’s rather simple, but it looks really nice – a nice plus is the box is really sturdy and doesn’t feel cheap whatsoever.

What’s in the box? First you get a special edition of Fangoria magazine which is 30 pages of exclusive artwork and information, a sticker sheet with seven stickers that are themed to the films, a lapel pin with the new logo and, of course, the UHD discs. The packaging for the films included with the set are high-class matte slipcovers. Some people won’t be fans of the simplicity, but I like it as they are something new and different… this set really does look nice on the shelf. They are mostly in black and white with little touches of color, check out the photos below to see what I’m talking about. Which one is my favorite? It has to be… Pet Cemetery simply because of the way the eyes pop off the cover.

As for reviews on the films individually please feel free to read up on: Crawl, Pet Sematary, Rosemary’s Baby & Smile. We will have a separate review coming shortly of Sweeney Todd!

In conclusion –

I was super excited when I heard that Paramount was going to do this and the first volume of the Paramount Scares collection doesn’t disappoint. All I can hope is that this continues with more volumes in multiple genre’s! If you already own most of these movies, this is going to be a hard sale, but as a collector this comes highly recommended because it’s a great set – you get the magazine, exclusive slipcovers, pin, and stickers. Do you want to see more of these box sets? What films do you want to see in volume two? Should there be different genres?

As a side note, this currently the only way to own Sweeney Todd on the UHD format. No matter what you decide to do, you can grab a copy at your local retailer on 4K today. It will make a great addition to your collection.

Are you a fan of this collection? Do you want to see more of these collections? Will you be picking it up to own? Let me know what you think in the comments below.



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