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Dr. Terror's House of Horrors [VHS]

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  • Actors: Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Roy Castle, Max Adrian, Ann Bell
  • Directors: Freddie Francis
  • Writers: Milton Subotsky
  • Producers: Joe Vegoda, Max Rosenberg, Milton Subotsky
  • Format: Color, EP, NTSC
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • VHS Release Date: February 8, 1999
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 155526509X
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #160,356 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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British Horror

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Mike on October 13, 2009
Format: DVD
This movie is an excellent example of it's genre, well-acted, creepy without being overdone camera work - really perfect and sticks with you.

This NON-USA format thing is a real mind bender though; why on earth wouldn't it be available to the thousands (at least) of horror movie fans in the US? Stupid move guys! Get a clue and release this treasure to buyers in the US - what is the logic?
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Mark McKinney on December 1, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
Amicus films pulled Hammer standards Cushing and Lee into doing this overall entertaining horror anthology. The story begins on a train where fortune teller Cushing uses his tarot cards to predict the unenviable futures of five men. The first two stories are probably the weakest, but hold tight because they get better. The third tale is a about voodoo and it is considerably better than the first two. The real gems are the last two entries of the five. The fourth story has Christopher Lee as a snooty art critic who gets pursued by a relentless severed hand and the fifth is an interesting vampire story starring a young Donald Sutherland. This film is definitely reccommended, just remember it gets better as it goes along.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By M2 on January 11, 2010
Format: VHS Tape
"Dr. Terror's House of Horrors" was the first of Amicus Films' omnibus (or, as they like to refer to them, "portmanteau") films for which the company became renowned, and in many ways it is one of the best. The cast is rather remarkable: horror film regulars Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee and Michael Gough are there amidst Old Vic veteran Max Adrian, familiar British faces such as Bernard Lee (no relation to Christopher) and Peter Madden, pop culture figures such as Roy Castle and DJ Alan Freeman, and then-newcomer Donald Sutherland. The five stories, all of which are linked by their protagonists riding in a Brit Rail compartment with the mysterious Dr. Terror (Cushing), are rather simplistic, but well done. The sets are cheap, to be sure, and some of the special effects are not all that special (the crawling hand and the "living" plants in particular are a bit cheesy), but the atmosphere is wonderful and the direction by Freddie Francis--a brilliant, Oscar winning cinematographer who is usually less highly-regarded as a director--is sure-handed and effective. Acting honors go to Christopher Lee as an uptight, egomaniacal art critic who enacts revenge on an artist who managed to humiliate him and lives to regret it. It is, frankly, one of Lee's best performances out of the quadrillion or so movies he's made, one in which he reveals a complex and not totally unsympathetic character with startling economy. But all of the episodes are entertaining, if not always entirely rational. This is a relic from the era when horror movies were fun, instead of ordeals, and it is a crime that it is not available on DVD format.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "benrhodes" on July 7, 2003
Format: VHS Tape
I first saw this film when I was five years old. It scared the begeezes out of me then and stuck with me my entire life. Seeing it again 35 years later was quite a treat. While it no longer frightened me - lovers of schlock and modern special effects should steer clear of this one - I did find it morbidly entertaining. The film has a strong cast, headed by the dynamic horror duo - Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing. A young Donald Sutherland also has a role. While I think all of the stories are good, some stand well above the others. The Werewolf story was exquisitely done, as was the Creeping Hand story. And the Vampire story has a great twist at the end, while the Voodoo story seemed to me the weakest. I would definitely recomend this film to anyone who enjoys slightly campy, 60s era horror films a la Hammer and Arkoff.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Pamela Scarangello on August 9, 2003
Format: VHS Tape
Upon first reading the title, one might assume that this 1965 horror anthology was simply another cheap haunted house cookie cutter flick. However, when I actually viewed "Dr. Terror's House of Horrors," I realized that this movie (although not the BEST one conceived, in my opinion) was something that really DID hold my interest. Basically, the concept is this: the entire film takes place inside a train, where 5 gentleman (who have never seen each other before) sit together and wait to reach an unnamed destination. During the trip, these 5 passengers each have their futures foretold by a 6th individual; he turns out to be the mysterious, eccentric Doctor Sandor Shreck (Peter Cushing) who relies on a deck of Tarot cards to investigate the supernatural effects of fear and terror. The Doctor instructs each reluctant participant to tap the deck 3 times; afterwards the first 4 images confirm the listener's destiny, while an extra 5th card explains exactly how to avoid it. Then the fun really begins as each passenger's story is unveiled: Jim Dawson (Neil McCallum), a hard-working architect, is asked to renovate a widow's mansion, where later on he discovers an ancient Werewolf's coffin hidden in the basement. Bob Carroll (Donald Sutherland), a happily married man, is terrorized by a clinging vine creeping on the side of the house; an intelligent plant that becomes increasing maniacal against humankind. Biff Bailey (Roy Castle) is an ambitious jazz performer who steals the rhythms of an ancient voodoo ritual in an effort to compose a hit song; unwilling to take the West Indies culture seriously, Bailey learns the hard way why one must never pilfer music from an ancient, jealous god.Read more ›
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