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Karloff plays Dr. Carl Mandel, an elderly scientist consumed with the cosmic secrets that may be hidden beneath the Earth, so much so he sends his daughter Corinne (Julissa) and assistant Mark (East) to explore some caves near an active volcano. They find what appears to be a living rock containing `pure crystallized intelligence' (it actually looks like a reject from a Sid and Marty Krofft production), and bring it back to Mandel's laboratory/discothèque (okay, it's not really a disco, but it is groovy), and hook it up to a battery of computers, enabling them to communicate with their subterranean find.Read more ›
Karloff's final and bizarre six pack are indisputably awful within the accepted meaning of the word. Several of them, however, are downright bizarre products of their time, which now might be looked at as examples of naive surrealism. The films are: House of Evil (1968), Fear Chamber (1968), Curse of the Crimson Altar (1968), Cauldron of Blood (1970), Isle of the Snake People (1971), and Alien Terror (1971).
Fear Chamber ranks as one of the weirdest of the lot, and that is saying much. It begins with pseudo-torture of scantily clad women. The scene is soaked in garish sixties colors and a "bleepy" soundtrack. The various female victims are tormented by a goateed chap, wearing turban, sunglasses (in an underground cavern), white gloves, and black turtleneck. With "all the macabre horror of Edgar Allan Poe" these poor sixties chicks are subjected to hot coals and boiling cauldrons.
The scene shifts to the crevice of a volcano where two scientists are "worried about strange frequencies!" Psychotronic narration abounds. "I can't believe that there exists an underground form of life. If we find it we can electronically understand their messages!" one scientist tells the other (Julissa), who happens to be the daughter of Dr. Mantell (Karloff).Read more ›
Several months later: Luisa Martinez, a woman lodging at the Beneficent Foundation for Young Girls, wakes up to find that her bed has been transported to an eerie underground region, full of snakes and spiders and leering maniacs. She attempts to flee, only to stumble upon a black magic ritual, during which the head of the coven sacrifices a girl to Satan. The coven leader is Dr. Mantel, and the other members of the group include Corinne, Mark, and Helga, another one of the doctor�s assistants. Then Luisa is captured and brought to the altar. As the knife descends, she faints. . . .
And the Satanists strip off their robes to don surgical gowns! They quickly take the unconscious Luisa to an adjacent operating room, where they drain much of her blood. It seems the rock-thing requires certain human hormones to survive�hormones that are secreted only in a state of extreme terror. So Helga has created a psychodrama to induce fear, with victims chosen from the girls at the phony Beneficent Foundation.
Luisia is released the next morning, believing that her experiences in the Fear Chamber were simply part of a nightmare.Read more ›
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could not get it to stream... will try again but seen previous and great filmPublished 9 months ago by scott blaylock
Simply lousy so-bad-it's-bad Mexican-US co-production English-dubbed starring Boris Karloff in one of his last performances. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Celia Trimboli
The only reason to have the Elite version of this film is for the audio commentary. This is the Columbia Pictures Americanized version with English opeing titles. Read morePublished on December 16, 2012 by larryj1
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