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- Commentary by director Roy Ward Baker and cameraman Neil Binney
- "Inside the Fear Factory" featurette
- Cast and crew bios
- Liner notes
- Still gallery
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You have the marvellously talented Robert Powell (Jesus of Nazareth) coming to an old Gothic mansion that has been converted for a home for the criminally insane. He is applying for a job there as a doctor, and he soon find himself proving his worth in a test. He is presented with three different patients. He most go in, interview them and learn why they are there. One of them is a former doctor at the institute, but has flipped out and has been confined. Powell's task is to determine which one is the former doctor.
It's the frame works for some nifty horror tales, with fine directing by Roy Ward Baker and script by Robert Bloch.
A great fun evening with a super cast of Powell, Peter Cushing, Patrick Macnee, Herbert Lom, Barry Morse, Barbara Parkins, Charlotte Rampling, Richard Todd.
For this edition from Dark Sky Films has struck a new print from the 35mm negative, transfered it in high definition and presents it in an anamorphic widescreen presentation. The extras include a commentary track by director Roy Ward Baker and Director of Photography Neil Binney, biographies for Baker, Cushing, Lom, Britt Ekland and producers Milton Subotsky & Max J. Rosenberg. There's also a featurette on Amicus entitled "Inside the Fear Factory" as well as liner notes and a still gallery. The only thing I could have asked for that isn't included is a appreciation in the form of a featurette for some of the deceased stars such as Peter Cushing.
Dr. Martin (Robert Powell) arrives at Dunsmoor a hospital for the mentally ill. Martin is challenged by the director of the hosptial Dr. Rutherford (Patrick Magee) to prove his mettle as a doctor; Martin must figure out who of the recently admitted inmates is Dr. Starr the former director of the hospital who's gone insane. Martin listens to the stories of different inmates (played by Barbara Parkins,Charlotte Rampling and Herbert Lom)and tries to determine which of them was the former director. Each has a bizarre story to tell from a reanimated dismembered corpse, suits that bring the dead to life to hand made little "people" that their maker can "will" himself into.Read more ›
The first story, that of Bonnie, is a wholly remarkable one. Her lover, having finally agreed to kill his divorce-denying wife and run off with her, chops his wife into several pieces and stows everything in the freezer, including her voodoo-ish protective bracelet He is quite shocked shortly thereafter to see the head, wrapped in butcher's paper, roll into view upstairs, and he is even more surprised by what happens next. When Bonnie arrives, she finds herself menaced and attacked by the separate body parts of the seemingly undead murdered woman.Read more ›
Like other Amicus productions, what we get here are several horror stories in one, all centered on "incurably insane" patients in a British asylum. There are some great stars here that make it work oh so well, including Patrick Magee (A Clockwork Orange), Robert Powell (Tommy, Jesus of Nazareth), Herbert Lom (Phantom of the Opera-1962), Peter Cushing (Do I need name all of his great horror films?), Richard Todd (Stage Fright)Barry Morse (Gerard from the 1960s TV series classic The Fugitive), Geoffrey Bayldon (The House That Dripped Blood), the scrumptious Britt Ekland (The Wicker Man-1973), beautiful Charlotte Rampling (The Fury), and lovely Bonnie Parkins (The Mephisto Waltz).
The transfer from Dark Sky Films is fantastic; it looks like a brand new film. It's presented in anamorphic widescreen and looks great when played in a progressive scan DVD player on a HD television.
Looking forward to the upcoming release of "From Beyond the Grave" from Image. Never saw that one before, either, but am looking forward to buying it just the same.
I'm hopeful other Amicus classics, including "Dr. Terror's House of Horrors," "Tales from the Crypt (1972)," and "Vault of Horror" will be released on DVD soon. There are rumors abound that Vault and Tales will soon be released by 20th Century Fox in England, but that won't help those of us living in the states much. Dr. Terror was released in England on DVD, but never in the U.S. There is a demand for these films here. Let's get with it, whoever owns the rights.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A hidden gem for sure! I saw this back when AMC put B movies on their website for Halloween when I was in high school and I've loved it ever since. Original cheesy goodness!Published 28 days ago by Alyssa
NOTE: This review is based on the Amazon Instant Video version of the film that I watched recently. The movie is also available in two different DVD versions, neither of which I... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Silver Screen VIdeos
I first saw this film on late night tv back in the early 1980's. The severed head, wrapped in brown paper, rolling across the kitchen floor, all by itself gave me nightmares for a... Read morePublished 3 months ago by JEFF LOGGANS
This movie was so bad we actually threw it away before we finished the DVD. It was bad enough that we would have felt dumb for passing it one to someone else. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Piano Mom
1st saw as a kid nd thought id never find a copy to own . AMAZON to the rescue . its 4 different stories nd there all worth watching . fans of the horror genere will enjoy .Published 3 months ago by horror movie man
Quite a fun horror anthology. Four horror stories that are corny in their way yet enjoyable to watch. A mystery is involved too - who is Dr. Star?! Read morePublished 4 months ago by Rainey Dawn
Patrick McGee" this is an Asylum for the incurably insane" "Let's close the door & keep the draft out, as Dr. Starr used to say. Read morePublished 6 months ago by paula a holley
A very suspenseful movie. An old English version of Hitchcock.Published 11 months ago by Paul Schnae
very similar storyline in the tradition of Tales from the crypt & Vault of Horror
Great atmospheric thriller with some Horror elements made the same year as Tales... Read more