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Plot: Five strangers board a train and are joined by a mysterious fortune teller who offers to read their Tarot cards. Five separate stories unfold: An architect returns to his ancestral home to find a werewolf out for revenge; a doctor suspects his new wife is a vampire; an intelligent vine takes over a… Runtime: 98 min Release Date: 28 Feb 1965
There's a lot of fun to be had reading the reviews for movies, especially a favourite movie. It takes a certain kind of person to have a passion for a film but to see it for no more than it is. And it takes another who finds it necessary to look for too much in something...to take it too seriously. And that's fine I suppose - each to his own and all that. But hokum is still hokum. I like hokum...and it's nice to see that some other reviewers such as "Roderick" and "Wayne Malin" get 'Dr Terror's House of Horrors' for what it is these <more>
days....Hokum...FUN. It's not horrific. It's hard to find much these days which can be classed as truly horrific or terrifying - real life supplies too much of that for our own good. But what have here is purely and simply fun.Personally, I find this movie is best enjoyed late at night a rainy night is ideal if one presents itself with something nice to drink...and with the lights turned down low. The first time I saw 'Dr Terror' was very late one wintery friday night on BBC 1 many years ago and the time of night seems to suit so well that I wouldn't dream of changing it. As I said previously, it's not horrific but really, I could watch the likes of Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee sitting in an open field reading aloud from the Edinburgh and Lothians phone book, so to see them in a creepy train carriage sparring over the merits of fortune tellers and "the entire lunatic fringe" is just a joy. As for the support - Neil McCallum, Roy Castle, Donald Sutherland, Peter Madden and Alan and that's going to happen to me..? Freeman - they all do well with the material provided. It's a touch spooky in a "The Avengers"/"The Ghost Train" type way. The direction by Freddie Francis is spot-on. The musical numbers are foot-tappin' groovy. I liked the score but I agree with the reviewer who picked up on the music not quite fitting a scene or fading or indeed stopping dead in the strangest places. This may have something to do with Elisabeth Lutyens being brought in as a late replacement for Tubby Hayes who was originally assigned to score the picture. No matter..as they say, it all adds to the charm.Good late night fun...there's that word again. It should get repeat fees on this page. And incidentally, for those who are used to the late night TV screenings or the washed out VHS, you might like to know that a DVD is available. It's Region 2 PAL and imported from Italy under the title "Le Cinque Chiavi del Terrore". It's a bit light on the extras save for a scratchy but rather cool Italian trailer. But its an ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN TRANSFER and a rather nice one at that...I don't think I'm allowed to say where it can be bought on this page but it shouldn't be too hard for you to find on the net...just think of somewhere Diabolik-al...ahem. But that's all by the by - full screen, widescreen... Whichever version is available to you, and at whatever time...watch 'Dr Terrors House of Horrors'...you'll have fun...a lot of fun...so go on, tap the cards three times...
I found this movie quite interesting and atmospheric. The horror elements were very well staged by the reading of the tarot cards. Of course Cushing and Lee were great in their roles and the other actors were also good. I highly recommend this movie especially around Halloween time.10 out of 10. I just love horror movies, especially the older ones.
I agree with LemonDropKid - Total Effect on me as a Child - 10!! (by OlyAnderson)
It is like the LemonDropKid watched the movie about the same time as I did, the 70's. It was show on Saturday afternoon horror theater. And I was very much affected as he was - like exactly!! I had the same fears, the same feelings about crawling hands, and vines. I asked my godbrother whom turned the show on in the first place afterwards, is there such a thing as a man eating vine? Of course you know what the older kids reply would be - YES!!! It took me years to get over the creeping hand bit, even in the tub, I would constantly look over the edge to see if it was creeping up on me...I <more>
am debating to show this to my son, who is about the same age as I was when I watched it. What do you think?? Well, things have changed these days here in the USA, and there are ratings and such, as the days of scaring the crap out of kids is over, and you can not or people frown upon showing kids things like this. I guess that is why I got to watch it in the first place."You kids go in the den and watch TV".... little did they know....Oh and don't forget Godzilla theater, those were fun, not scary like this Dr. Horror show.....Anyfoo, I am downloading it as I type, and can not wait to watch it with my lady. She will be scared for sure!! As for my son, one day he will prolly find it on my media server and watch it, hopefully he will be ready...Njoy, Oly
I remember watching this movie with my brother late one night on a portable black & white TV. I am pretty sure the original movie was shot in black & white. Great compilation of stories.The one I remember the most was the one about the plant. My mom always had lots of plants so I always checked after them to make sure they were not turning into cannibals. Of course the severe hand and other monsters were scary, specially for 2 impressionable kids of about 10 and 11 years old.I will never forget the end. If memory serves me well, it was the first movie that i can remember seeing were <more>
the main characters die. Ironic how Death can be a life saver.
Okay. From the start let's be clear that this is a low-budget, cheap horror, one of the first of Amicus's many portmanteaus. But it's so much fun. From the slightly chilling myth of Cosmo Valdemar in the Werewolf episode, to the comic relief voodoo part, this is never less than very entertaining. The framing device is also better than most. But what really stands out in this film is the cast. Obviously you have the two English kings of horror, Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee, both excellent as usual. But, especially for an English viewer, you have the pleasure of Roy Castle - a <more>
talented, now sadly late performer, and future D.J Alan Freeman, along with an extremely young Donald Sutherland. Sutherland in a tacky vampire story...how often does that happen now? You also have stalwarts such as Michael Gough - who will be remembered more for his superb work in this and other, mainly Hammer, horrors, rather than some piece of Joel Schumacher blockbuster trash. Everything about this film is fun, and it works. If you get the opportunity, check it out. I assure you, you'll have fun
yet another excellent British horror movie from the 1960's . I was pleasantly surprised with the special effects from such an old movie , each segment had it's own brand of humour and horror , perfectly combined . and if it wasn't for the fact they all died , that would have made for a fantastic train ride , with so much talent in one place . I recently watched this movie again , on horror channel , & in my opinion it has not lost any of it's charm , and is still very watchable today - a true testament to the actors , writer , and director . it is very skilfully filmed , <more>
written , and acted . a true must have for all collectors of horror classics .
Fun horror anthology marred by bad TV and video prints (by InjunNose)
If you can find a copy of "Dr. Terror's House of Horrors", try to ignore its dark, fuzzy appearance I've seen it once on videocassette and twice on television, and it looked the same way each time; the movie has not yet been made available on DVD . This is a first-rate British horror film in the old style, and if you liked "The House That Dripped Blood" and "Tales From the Crypt", you'll enjoy "...House of Horrors", too. The standout tales are 'Voodoo', which features Roy Castle as a jazz horn player who nicks a piece of sacred <more>
African music while spying on a voodoo ceremony and comes to regret it, and 'Disembodied Hand', an unpleasant story of wounded pride, foul play, and revenge that stars Christopher Lee and Michael Gough. Peter Cushing is appropriately sinister as Dr. Schreck, the German metaphysicist who predicts the futures of five unsuspecting men with his "house of horrors", a deck of Tarot cards. The soundtrack deserves a mention, too--it's subtly creepy, and the Dave Brubeck-style jazz performed by the Tubby Hayes Quintet in the 'Voodoo' segment is really nice as well. Hopefully someone will acquire the rights to this entertaining film, restore the print, and release it on DVD soon.
House of Horror part of the title isn't really accurate. (by Aaron1375)
This movie has five strangers boarding a train and heading to an unknown destination. A sixth man boards and is some sort of fortuneteller with a twist. This movie was really good, but I don't know why it was called house of horrors, as it doesn't take place in a house, but rather a train. It is a rather good anthology movie with five stories as the Dr. tells everyone a possible future, a supernatural future. The main reason I watched this one is because it had Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing, but you also get to see Donald Sutherland, Michael Gough Alfred in the Batman movies , <more>
and Bernard Lee M from the first Bond movies . I thought it was a Hammer film, but there was nothing to indicate this and another reviewer said it wasn't, but it sure plays like one. You get five stories the first concerning a house with a curse, a werewolf curse. The second a killer plant. The third a tale of voodoo. The fourth about revenge and finally a vampire tale. These stories are told to the passengers then a fifth card is read to tell them how to get out of the situation, unfortunately the death card is pulled each time. While watching this movie this was very confusing as every story seemed to have an easy way out, especially since the guy told them all about it, so I was wondering why these guys seemed to have no future, but all is made clear by the end of the picture. I liked all the stories, though Lee's was my favorite. His was the fourth story about an art critic that keeps getting hounded by an artist whose work Lee doesn't care for. The artist humiliates Lee and persists in following him and Lee obviously snaps and runs down the artist. I have a bit of sympathy for both characters, what happens to the artist and Lee. Let's face it the artist got Lee that one time and he should have left it at that. Though Lee shouldn't have done what he did, he was due some payback. The plant story was the weakest as it had a very ambiguous ending. The voodoo story was the lightest of the five stories. All in all a very good movie if you like Hammer films and love watching Lee and Cushing.
Wonderful horror anthology movie from Amicus. During a train voyage, five men have their fates told to them by creepy tarot card-reading Dr. Shreck Peter Cushing . He calls his tarot deck his "house of horrors." Cushing has a lot of fun as the devilish Shreck and it shows.The first story, "Werewolf," is about an architect Neil McCallum hired to make alterations to the house he grew up in. The new owner is a widow with some secrets to keep. The title's pretty much a dead giveaway as to what one of those secrets is. This is probably my favorite of the stories. But if <more>
you're a monster fan, don't expect to see anybody running around in werewolf makeup or a costume. The second story, "Creeping Vine," is about plants that have become intelligent and bloodthirsty. It's a cute little story but nothing exceptional. "Voodoo" is the third story. It's about a jazz musician Roy Castle who uses music from a voodoo ceremony in a song he composes after being warned not to. This one's okay but, like the vine story, no great shakes.The fourth story is "Disembodied Hand," about an art critic Christopher Lee attacked by the disembodied hand of a painter Michael Gough he wronged. If you've seen The Beast with Five Fingers, you've seen the killer hand story done as well as it could be done. This version is good, however, thanks mainly to great actors Lee and Gough. The final story, "Vampire," is about a newly-married doctor Donald Sutherland who thinks his wife might be a vampire. This is a good story that ends with a cool little twist. The wraparound story of the train ride with Cushing features a twist that would become commonplace in horror anthologies, in one variation or another. But this is the first instance of a film using it that I'm aware of.Excellent cast well-directed by Freddie Francis. The stories aren't particularly innovative but are still very entertaining. It reminds me of an old book I read at the library as a child. It was a collection of horror-themed short stories. The stories were pretty simple and straightforward, predictable even, but also a great deal of fun. Definitely check it out if you're a fan of Cushing, Lee, or just horror anthologies in general.