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The Torture Garden is an "omnibus" chiller, adapted from four short stories by Robert Bloch Psycho. Each is introduced by Burgess Meredith, playing a sinister carnival barker by the name of Dr. Diabolo. The doctor's audience consists of five people, four of whom are apprised of their ultimate fates as Diabolo weaves his stories. In "Enoch," a young playboy falls under the spell of a cannibalistic cat. In "Terror Over Hollywood," a famous movie star is revealed to be an android. In "Mr. Steinway," the "villain" is...
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The Torture Garden is an "omnibus" chiller, adapted from four short stories by Robert Bloch Psycho. Each is introduced by Burgess Meredith, playing a sinister carnival barker by the name of Dr. Diabolo. The doctor's audience consists of five people, four of whom are apprised of their ultimate fates as Diabolo weaves his stories. In "Enoch," a young playboy falls under the spell of a cannibalistic cat. In "Terror Over Hollywood," a famous movie star is revealed to be an android. In "Mr. Steinway," the "villain" is a killer piano. And in "The Man Who Collected Poe," the title character murders another collector over a valuable Poe manuscript--only to receive retribution from ol' Edgar himself. If we told you anything about the fifth person in Meredith's audience, we'd be giving away the ending, wouldn't we now? The individual episodes tend to rise and fall depending upon the strength of their stars. Among those present in Torture Garden are horror-flick regulars Jack Palance, Peter Cushing, Robert Hutton, Michael Ripper and Niall McGinniss. No, this isn't a Hammer Production; it was put together by Hammer's principal British rival of the 1960s, Amicus Films.
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This entry in the cycle of Amicus-produced horror anthologies is a middling piece of work. Robert Bloch's script offers a clever, engaging framing device but the individual tales it contains often lack the punch they are aiming because they are too simple and straightforward to conceal their twists. That said, Torture Garden still offers a decent amount of macabre fun for the patient horror fan. Bloch's script moves quickly enough to keep the viewer from getting bored and this aspect of the film is aided immensely by fluid, colorful direction by Freddie Francis. The director also gets game performances from a strong cast: Burgess Meredith dominates with a flashy turn as the sinister con-man who spins the tales but there is also nice work from a typically intense Jack Palance as an obsessive collector of Edgar Allen Poe's work and Michael Bryant as a greedy schemer who gets an unlikely comeuppance from a sinister feline. Ultimately, Torture Garden lacks the strength and inventiveness to qualify as a top-tier horror anthology but it offers enough spooky thrills to qualify as a Saturday afternoon diversion.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/4/2005
  • UPC: 043396111806
  • Original Release: 1967
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  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:40:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jack Palance Ronald Wyatt
Burgess Meredith Dr. Diabolo
Beverly Adams Carla Hayes
Peter Cushing Canning
Michael Bryant Colin
Barbara Ewing Dorothy
Michael Ripper Roberts
Timothy Bateson Fairground Barker
David Bauer Mike Charles
Norman Claridge
James Copeland
Maurice Denham Colin's Uncle
Catherine Finn Nurse Parker
Frank Forsyth Tramp
Michael Hawkins Constable
Ursula Howells Miss Chambers
Robert Hutton Bruce Benton
Clytie Jessop Atropos
Bernard Kay Dr. Heim
Barry Lowe
Niall MacGinnis Doctor
John Phillips Eddie Storm
Nicole Shelby Millie
John Standing Leo Winston
Geoffrey Wallace
Hedger Wallace Edgar Allan Poe
Roy Stephens
Technical Credits
Freddie Francis Director
Don Banks Score Composer
James Bernard Score Composer
Robert Bloch Screenwriter
Jill Carpenter Makeup
Bill Constable Production Designer
Peter Elliot Editor
Evelyn Gibbs Costumes/Costume Designer
Andrew Low Set Decoration/Design
Don Mingaye Art Director
Max Rosenberg Producer
Scott Slimon Art Director
Milton Subotsky Producer
Norman Warwick Cinematographer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Torture Garden
1. Start [:11]
2. The Shears of Fate [8:17]
3. The Buried Cat [8:56]
4. Commanded to Kill [6:57]
5. "Who's Next?" [12:52]
6. Shortcut to Success [5:04]
7. Very Special Hunger [7:00]
8. The Piano [13:16]
9. Requiem [8:07]
10. A Kind of Mania [7:19]
11. Poe's Last Story [6:56]
12. Diablo Revealed [11:00]
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