4 / 5
Tagline: Terror to delight worshippers of the Macabre
Directed by: Kevin Connor
Written by: R. Chetwynd-Hayes, Raymond Christodoulou
Actors include: Peter Cushing, Ian Carmichael, Donald Pleasence
Length: 97 minutes
This is another Amicus anthology, and although it's billed as one of their best I still greatly prefer "Asylum" but still this is quite charming. The stories take place in an antique shop when customers try to swindle or cheat Peter Cushing, they end up in some strange situations. The first story is about a cursed mirror that has him killing young ladies for their blood because he's controlled by an evil mirror spirit. The next is probably the best one, it's about a street vendor who sells matches and laces and the unhappy business man who becomes his friend. The vendor has a strange looking daughter who only wants to please the businessman who just happens to be married. I don't really want to get more into what happens because it's one heck of a surprise there! The next story is about a man who bought a snuff box, then had an evil elemental on his shoulder (as a weird psychic lady on the bus points out). Will she be strong enough to fight it? Or will the spirit make him strangle his wife (as that seems to be it's sole intention). The last one is much like the first tale and is in fact the weakest of the lot. It's about an ornate door which he installs and an evil ghost seems to use it to come out of. Overall it's a cute little anthology and I like the stories within, but since the last one and the first one aren't great it's not amazing is all.