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Fear Chamber

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After receiving strange signals on his equipment, brilliant geologist Dr. Carl Mandel (BORIS KARLOFF) sends a team to search the depths of the earth in an effort to learn its origin; what they discover is a lifeform encased in solid rock which can communicate telepathically. Upon bringing the mass to the surface, it is determined that this entity is pure crystallized intelligence and is thought to hold many of the secrets of existence. However, the only message this mysterious stone is transmitting is what kind of food it needs to thrive a particular chemical that can only be produced by bodies of humans which are experiencing pure terror. Faced with this unusual dilemma the good doctor devises the FEAR CHAMBER where he has kidnapped subjects frightened to no end with all sorts of satanic rituals and creepy-crawlies so he may obtain this precious chemical.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Yerye Beirute, Sandra Chávez, Carlos East, Fuensanta, Julissa
  • Directors: Jack Hill
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Restored, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: ELITE ENTERTAINMENT
  • DVD Release Date: December 13, 2005
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BFJM12
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #164,235 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Fear Chamber" on IMDb

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By Scott T. Rivers VINE VOICE on January 28, 2008
Format: DVD
The infamous Mexican horror movies that ended Boris Karloff's career remain among his worst. Filmed in 1968 but released a few years after the veteran actor's death, "The Fear Chamber" is truly wretched cinema and painful to sit through. Regardless of the financial rewards, dear Boris should have stayed home and not subjected himself to this exploitation fodder.
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I saw this movie late at night when I was young and it thrilled me and tittillated me. Even though I was young, I knew that this was low budget and thought it a joke. Only years later did I realize the absolute treasure that it is. It fits into the genre of "So bad its good". I really recommened this movie for a late late Saturday night. Just as I viewed when I was young It has contrived gratuitous devises in it such as the stripper that is eaten by the monster that make this a unique and twisted thriller. 5 stars!
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It's pretty wild to think Boris Karloff had a career in film spanning nearly 60 years, even appearing in films after his demise in 1969, his last four films all being primarily Mexican productions, released in the states in the early 1970s. I haven't had a chance to see them all, but I did get to watch this one, titled The Fear Chamber (1968) aka La Cámara del terror aka The Torture Chamber, last night, and it was actually better than I thought it would be...co-directed by Jack Hill (Spider Baby) and Juan Ibáñez (House of Evil), the film features, as I mentioned, Boris Karloff, along with Julissa (Isle of the Snake People), Carlos East (Tintorera), and Isela Vega (The Mushroom Eater). Also appearing is Yerye Beirute (The Incredible Invasion) and the diminutive (in stature only) Santanón (Isle of the Snake People).

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.
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A lot of people have expressed the wish that horror icon Boris Karloff could have ended his career with Peter Bogdanovich's Targets (1968). But Karloff, on his last leg, pushed himself through six more movies, four of which were the Mexican films for producer Jack Hill and director Juan Ibinez. This last six pack of films is, by consensus, godawful. Why did Karloff do it? According to his biographers, the actor said that he wanted to "die with his boots on." And he nearly did just that.

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).
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Simply lousy so-bad-it's-bad Mexican-US co-production English-dubbed starring Boris Karloff in one of his last performances. A scientist and his assistants find a life-form made of living rock in a volcanic cave. The rest of the film is comprised of them keeping the rock alive by feeding it chemicals produced by women in fear for their lives. You should see the scenarios they create to scare the girls. The picture is clear and the color is very good. The Elite Entertainment DVD release is extremely good, probably the best out there. Recommended for bad movie fans.
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