I love a good horror collection – whether it be films, books, comics or memorabilia. My love of completing a series has at times led me down watching sub-par sequels, prequels and everything else in between. But, when a film or TV series is all wrapped up, it’s the entire completed collection that fans long for. So, what are the best horror box sets currently out there for fans? Well, I did a little rundown of a few collections that look well worth your hard earned money.
Hannibal (TV Series)
I admit I had reservations about Bryan Fuller’s take on everyone’s favorite cannibal, but after viewing, those worries were set aside. Hannibal borders on being a horror masterpiece of unbound gore, suspense and dare I say love. I’m still holding out hope that season 4 will see the light of day, but thankfully there are DVD’s to relive the experience again and again.
This collection contains all 3 seasons, with 12 discs in both DVD and Blu-Ray format. Season 1 and 2 have various bonus features, with season 3 lacking any additional content, which to me is a bit rude.
There are actually 2 ways to go when looking to get your Alien collection up to snuff. There’s the Alien Quadrilogy, which I personally own, and then there’s Prometheus to Alien: The Evolution Box Set.
Starting with the latter of the 2, Prometheus to Alien gets you all 4 Alien films (Alien, Aliens, Alien3 and Alien Resurrection) with Prometheus included for a total of 9 discs. It contains bonus features that include the making of this set, and an anthology archives DVD.
In regards to the films themselves, they have bare-bones additions other than ratio aspects, letterbox format and a Prometheus special features disc. With Alien Quadrilogy, you get all 4 Alien films on a 4-disc set. But they include bonus features, with both a theatrical and director’s cuts, deleted and extended scenes on each disc. Which I guess leaves the buyer the option to Prometheus, or not to Prometheus.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
To each generation there is a Slayer, and for mine her name was Buffy.
Arguably one of the most female-driven horror-laden television shows out there, Buffy Summers slayed every creature that that the Hellmouth could produce for 7 whole seasons.
If you haven’t picked up the box set, what better time than now. The UK version, to me, has better artwork than it’s American counterpart. It houses all 7 seasons with some bonus material in the form of outtakes, cast bios, featurettes and more. This collection is firmly on point to make any slayer happy.
This one you have to read the fine print on — well, sort of — because it only includes Jaws 2, 3 and 4. The sequels are mostly considered sub-par compared to the original, but still hold a place in horror history.
The collection includes deleted scenes, interviews, the alternate ending for Jaws 4, Jaws 3D in 3D and more. While most horror fans probably already have the original Jaws housed in their collection, this is a quick and easy way to fight your fear of getting back in the water to complete the legacy of this film franchise.
Although I’m not a huge fan of Don Coscarelli’s Phantasm series, you can’t help but be impressed with this collection spread.
This consists of all of the original series on 5 discs, and also includes the newest film, Ravager. It has a 4k restoration with a ton of bonus features like, TV interviews, deleted scenes, original trailers and a so much more. You also receive a 152 page book on the Phantasm universe and a replica sphere that hopefully won’t end up drilled in your head!
Universal Monsters Collection
Not totally convinced by Tom Cruise in the Dark Universes The Mummy? Don’t worry… there’s the Universal Monster box set that includes 8 of the studio’s original classics: Dracula, Frankenstein, The Mummy, The Invisible Man, The Bride of Frankenstein, The Wolfman, The Phantom of the Opera and The Creature From The Black Lagoon.
Each DVD has been remastered and has several amazing and in-depth features. It also includes a 44-page booklet and 8 exclusive art cards with theatrical posters. This concoction is a collection that would make many a mad scientist happy.
Next to Leatherface, Pinhead is one of my favorite horror icons. Granted this collection doesn’t contain all the Hellraiser films, just the first 3.
However, with those 3 films they’ve really pulled out all the stops! Each one is remastered with a 2K restoration, commentary, interviews, TV spots, documentaries, screenplays and so many more pleasurable extras that it would make a Cenobite jealous.
What horror film collections do you own? I’d love to hear them @horrorevilqueen or you can check out my horror adventures on Instagram!
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