Dr. Terror's House of Horrors

Dr. Terror's House of Horrors

Director: Freddie Francis, Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Roy Castle

Cast: Freddie Francis, Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Roy Castle

     
 

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Not to be confused with David Hewitt's abominable Dr. Terror's Gallery of Horrors (AKA The Blood Suckers), this clever horror omnibus is one of the better early anthologies from Amicus Productions, thanks to Freddie Francis' stylish direction and a tongue-in-cheek approach from writer Milton Subotsky (who would later apply the same sardonic treatment to

Overview

Not to be confused with David Hewitt's abominable Dr. Terror's Gallery of Horrors (AKA The Blood Suckers), this clever horror omnibus is one of the better early anthologies from Amicus Productions, thanks to Freddie Francis' stylish direction and a tongue-in-cheek approach from writer Milton Subotsky (who would later apply the same sardonic treatment to the EC Comics-based productions Tales from the Crypt and The Vault of Horror). The framing story is set in a train car, where five passengers have their fortunes told by the all-seeing Dr. Schreck (Peter Cushing), who refers to his ominous tarot deck as his "House of Horrors." Their respective stories involve all manner of occult happenings: a jazz musician's involvement with a voodoo curse; an estate haunted by a werewolf; a doctor (Donald Sutherland) who suspects that his wife has become a vampire; a cottage besieged by a monster kudzu vine; and the most entertaining segment, in which arrogant art critic Christopher Lee is avidly pursued by a snubbed artist's severed hand. In the end, it doesn't take a jaded horror buff to deduce Schreck's true identity or the ultimate destination of the train passengers, but it's a fun ride nonetheless. Not all of the stories work (the vampire story's "twist" ending is rather silly, the voodoo tale painfully dated), and the effects are generally sub-par, but Francis keeps the pace snappy throughout, giving the entire film a throwaway, Halloween spook-house feel. Hammer horror fans will certainly find this a keeper on the strength of Cushing and Lee's performances.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/27/2015
UPC:
0887090112505
Original Release:
1965
Rating:
NR
Source:
Olive Films
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:38:00
Sales rank:
11,416

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Peter Cushing Dr. Sandor Schreck
Christopher Lee Franklyn Marsh
Roy Castle Bitt Bailey
Donald Sutherland Bob Carroll
Neil McCallum Jim Dawson
Alan Freeman Bill Rogers
Max Adrian Dr. Blake
Edward Underdown Tod
Ursula Howells Deirdre
Peter Madden Caleb
Katy Wild Valda
Ann Bell Ann Rogers
Sarah Nicholls Carol Rogers
Jeremy Kemp Drake
Kenny Lynch Sammy Coin
Harold Lang Shine
Thomas Baptiste Dambala
Michael Gough Eric Landor
Isla Blair Pretty Girl
Jennifer Jayne Nicolle
Al Mulock Detective
Faith Kent Actor
Kenneth Kove Actor
Bernard Lee Hopkins
Ken Lynch Sammy Coin
Irene Richmond Actor
Walter Sparrow Actor
R. Henderson Steel Actor
T. Hayes Quintet Actor
Christopher Carlos Actor
Laurie Leigh Actor
Judy Cornwell Nurse
Hedger Wallace Surgeon
John Martin Actor
Frank Forsyth Toastmaster

Technical Credits
Freddie Francis Director
Buster Ambler Sound/Sound Designer
Roy Ashton Makeup
Bert Batt Asst. Director
Thelma Connell Editor
Bill Constable Art Director
Godfrey A. Godar Camera Operator
Tubby Hayes Songwriter
Boscoe Holder Choreography
Alan Hume Cinematographer
Elisabeth Lutyens Score Composer
Kenny Lynch Songwriter
Philip Martell Musical Direction/Supervision
Max Rosenberg Producer
Ted Samuels Special Effects
Milton Subotsky Producer,Screenwriter

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Dr. Terror's House of Horrors
1. Chapter I
2. Chapter II
3. Chapter III
4. Chapter IV
5. Chapter V
6. Chapter VI
7. Chapter VII
8. Chapter VIII

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