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      Dr. Terror's House of Horrors

      Released Feb 28, 1965 1 hr. 38 min. Horror List
      100% 5 Reviews Tomatometer 62% 1,000+ Ratings Audience Score A traveler's (Peter Cushing) tarot cards tell how an architect, musician, doctor (Donald Sutherland), gardener and critic (Christopher Lee) will die. Read More Read Less

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      Audience Member You know you are in for a good horror classic when both Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing are involved. Each story that was told was brilliant, and each was a different take on what terror could be perceived as. When you watch older horror movies today, it is sometimes possible to find them predictable and nearly comical. One of the reasons is possibly the of the lack of graphics and technology, another more notable reason is that you've seen it all before. This movie succeeds regardless. I won't spoil the ending but it got me. I cannot imagine how those back in the 60's took it. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/23/23 Full Review Audience Member As soon as I saw that this 1965 Amicus film was directed by Freddie Francis I knew that the direction and photography would be beautiful. And I was right! I was also excited as I knew that this was a horror anthology film and starred two heavyweights of the genre, Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee. As well as Cushing and Lee the cast also includes Alan 'Fluff' Friedman, Donald Sutherland and Roy 'You're a Record Breaker!' Castle. We even get Kenny Lynch appearing in a cameo role. Travellers in a train compartment are joined by the very sinister Dr Schreck who whips out his deck of tarot cards and tells each of his fellow traveller's fortunes. Each fortune told is a separate episode in this anthology. The separate stories involve vampirism, a vine seemingly related to a Triffid that comes to life, lycanthropy, voodoo and black magic and a severed hand. I want to give more details away about each segment but there are so many brilliant twists and turns that writing any more would be like trying to tiptoe through a field full of landmines. Each episode is completely different from each other, taking place in a real breadth of locales and circumstances which keeps the film as a whole really varied and interesting. This film has all the ingenuity of five separate mini episodes of Tales of the Unexpected. Each concept is unpredictable, genuinely ingenious and likely to surprise most viewers. A joy from start to finish with perhaps the biggest twist coming after each of the characters fortunes has been told. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/19/23 Full Review martin a Five stories all told from a train carriage, Story two is really fantastic. A wonderful collection of vintage horror stories Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member The first of the many omnibus horror films from Amicus Pictures, following the great tradition of Ealing Studio's Dead of Night (1945 and highly recommended). Amicus was clearly drawing from the EC Comics playbook (another of their films is called Tales from the Crypt) and the five tales told here are alternately silly and (trying to be) scary. For example, one tale features a plant that has evolved to be smart enough to defend itself from humans who might want to prune it. Another sees a disembodied hand determinedly pursuing and killing Christopher Lee, a rude art critic. On the less silly side, we are treated to somewhat routine werewolf and vampire tales (well actually the vampire one is pretty silly too but it is notable for featuring a young Donald Sutherland). Oh and in the fifth tale, a jazz musician tries to steal a tune from a voodoo ceremony and, of course, the voodoo gods catch up with him. The framing device for the stories is that the five men are in the same train compartment with Dr. Schreck (a.k.a. Dr. Terror, played by Peter Cushing) who then reads their fortunes using the tarot cards. The cards reveal what will be happening to each of the men unless a fifth tarot card helps them to avoid that end - but for each of them the fifth card is Death (and then the train crashes). Director Freddie Francis was cinematographer for some great films (Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, 1960; The Innocents, 1961; and later David Lynch's The Elephant Man, 1980, and The Straight Story, 1999) but there is nothing really distinguished about the photography here. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/04/23 Full Review Audience Member The stories are uneven. However, with Cushing, Lee, Gough and Sutherland, you'll get a fun anthology, regardless. Amicus made a solid horror flick with Freddie Francis, but they'd do better with Tales from the Crypt. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Great little horror anthology that twists and turns. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/01/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Tim Brayton Alternate Ending The very rarest kind of anthology film: one without a weak link. Rated: 3.5/5 Oct 5, 2020 Full Review David Kaplan Kaplan vs. Kaplan Rated: 3/5 Mar 1, 2008 Full Review Neil Cohen Echo Magazine Rated: 4/5 Jul 29, 2007 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: 3/5 Aug 21, 2005 Full Review Ken Hanke Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) Uneven portmanteau horror, but when it works, it's very good. Rated: 3/5 May 5, 2004 Full Review Read all reviews

      Movie Info

      Synopsis A traveler's (Peter Cushing) tarot cards tell how an architect, musician, doctor (Donald Sutherland), gardener and critic (Christopher Lee) will die.
      Fred Francis
      Milton Subotsky
      Paramount Pictures
      Production Co
      Amicus Productions
      Original Language
      English (United Kingdom)
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Feb 28, 1965, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Jul 26, 2020
      Aspect Ratio
      Scope (2.35:1)
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