Coogan also stars in each as six different characters. In "And Now the Fearing...", for example. he plays rat-faced, unpleasant millionaire Denham Denham; in "Frenzy of Tongs"--a mickey-take of the Fu Manchu films--he's the insufferably suave Nathan Blaze, a Jason King-a-like; in "Scream, Satan Scream", meanwhile, he superimposes a parody of Peter Sellers over a lampoon of the Vincent Price film Witchfinder General.
Although most of these episodes are elaborate period pieces and genuine care has been made to render them as scary as possible, the real period detail has been in recreating the luridly quaint, over-acted, hammy feel of the 70s productions to which these episodes pay affectionate homage. Although hardly a perfect series, the camped-up daftness of the entire enterprise, a star-studded cast that includes Honor Blackman, John Thompson and Ronnie Ancona, some nice scripting and Coogan's versatility all make for a programme that's hard to dislike.
On the DVD Dr Terrible's House of Horrible is quite generous in its extras. These include "An Appointment with Terrible", a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the show, much of which was shot in the studio hangars where the original Hammer horrors were made, dry audio commentary by cowriters Graham Duff and Henry Normal and director Matt Lipsey, and "Behind the Screams" a mock-70s film journal ("only 10p!") reflecting on the making of one of the episodes. --David Stubbs
Episode 2 is called 'FRENZY OF TONG' and see's Coogan as a camp version of Sherlock Holmers czlled Nathan Blaze. When a lady friend is kidnapped and dragged into the sewers, Blaze must overcome giant killer crabs and his arch enemy, a chinese monster, the king of the sewers. Doesn't sound very funny but believe me it is!
The third show is called 'CURSE OF THE BLOOD OF THE LIZARD OF DOOM' That's a mouthfull and see's Coogan portraying a brilliant scientist who is desperately trying to find a cure for a nasty burn. But everything turns very nasty when is told he has to find a cure of he is fired. Things turn very nasty when he gets a new assistant and a horrifying lizard is on the loose.
Show number four is called 'LESBIAN VAMPIREX LOVERS OF LUST' and is probably the most frightening. Coogan takes on a bold one armed hero called Captain Hans Broccan who is recently married. When they find their hotel is infested with cockroaches, they decide to stay at Castle Kroinsteen )a place of darkness - especially at night!!!) There things go from bad to worse, as the vampires there are creatures of the night and would like nothing more than to kill their guests and suck their blood too!
The penultamate episode is titled, 'VOODOO FEET OF DEATH' and see's Steve Coogan as an award winning ballroom dancer but in a freak accident he loses his feet. Not to worry though, he has an operation and has new feet fitted but unknown to him these feet are killers and are bent of revenge, jealousy and murder!
Finally, my personal favourite episode, 'SCREAM, SATAN, SCREAM' in the last episode of the brilliant series Steve Coogan plays a selfish witch locator named Captain Tobias Slater. As the story unfolds the crooked Captain must pursuade the village that the woman in question is a witch but the woman herself has other ideas.
All in all, a superb series. The disc is packed with special features including a documentary, 'AN APPOINTMENT WITH DR. TERRIBLE' which goes behind the scenes and features rare interviews with Steve Coogan, the rest of the cast and the directors. Also there's an audio commentary on all six episodes by the directors and writers which is also very good indeed, there is also Dr. Terrible's Page A Day calendar and a feature titled 'Behind the Screams'
In conclusion to this review, buy it if you are a fan of Steve Coogan, or if you like comedy with a slightly dark side. All in all I guarantee you won't be disappointed!
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