Thursday, April 30, 2009

Dr. Terror's House Of Horrors (1965)

4 / 5 Apr '09
Tagline: Acclaimed as "The Fear Of The year"
Directed by: Freddie Francis
Written by: Milton Subotsky
Actors include: Christopher Lee, Donald Sutherland, Peter Cushing
Genre: Horror
Length: 98 minutes
Banned: Finland
Country: UK

This is one of the earliest anthologies from the Amicus company (which is pretty much exactly like Hammer only slightly different). It's a tale about a Tarot reader (Cushing) on a train who tells 5 passengers what their death will be. The first story is about an architect who goes to his home only to meet up with a werewolf out for vengeance. The next is about a Doctor who's new wife just happens to be a vampire. Next my favorite, a hilarious tale about a mysterious murderous plant that attacks people! Then we have another funny tale about a hapless musician who happens to go to a voodoo ceremony secretly to try and steal their melody to make into a hit (I'm not even lying I swear). Then the last one is about an art critic who is mocked by an artist. He is so frustrated that he actually runs the man over, but is a little surprised when the hand that was amputated in the accident comes after him. Thing was most (if not all) of these tales were predictable, and a little on the too silly to be frightening path. Inventive absolutely, and well told, yes! It's just probably the least exciting Amicus Anthology that I've found yet. Still this is very easy to enjoy and a must see, it's just not as exciting as it should have been and I was left wanting a little more.

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