Dr. Terror's House of Horror - Widescreen Edition
Running Time: 93 Mins
Retail Price: £12.99
Release Date: 22/03/2010
Content Type: Movie
Dr Terror (Peter Cushing - Star Wars) is a mysterious fortune teller who boards a train and offers to tell five fellow passengers their fortune with tarot cards. Five possible futures unfold: an architect returns to his ancestral home to find a werewolf out for revenge; a huge flesh-eating vine takes over a house; a musician gets involved with voodoo; an art critic is pursued by a disembodied hand and a doctor discovers his new wife is a vampire. But they all end in the same result..DEATH. A fascinating and fast paced example of portmanteau filmmaking with a deadly twist in the tale. 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 ASYLUM and THE HOUSE THAT DRIPPED BLOOD). 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.
Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Max Adrian, Ann Bell, Michael Gough, Jennifer Jayne, Neil McCallum, Bernard Lee, Roy Castle, Alan Freeman, Peter Madden, Kenny Lynch, Jeremy Kemp, Donald Sutherland
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