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Dr. Terror's House Of Horrors [1965] [DVD]

Christopher Lee , Peter Cushing , Freddie Francis    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Roy Castle, Max Adrian, Ann Bell
  • Directors: Freddie Francis
  • Writers: Milton Subotsky
  • Producers: Joe Vegoda, Max Rosenberg, Milton Subotsky
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: 25 Sep 2006
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000GQMLN2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,309 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Cinematographer turned director, Freddie Francis' cult horror tale stars Peter Cushing as the mysterious Dr Schreck. Schreck boards a train and offers to tell his five fellow passengers their fortunes using his ('House of Horrors') tarot cards. The deadly tales he tells includes werewolves, voodoo and a severed hand. Who is this sinister Doctor and where exactly is the train heading?

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Horror Anthology at its Best 27 Feb 2004
By A Customer
Format:DVD
Although there are many good horror anthologies on the market, this Amicus production is definately one of the best. The story consists of 5 strangers having their fortunes told on a train, by 'Dr Terror' (Peter Cushing).
The 5 segments/stories (all very different from one another) are all enjoyable to watch, although some are stronger than others. In my opinion the masterpiece is the 'disembodied hand' segment starring 'Christopher Lee' as an art critic. However, the concluding scene has to be the most memorable.
The atmospheric sets and props greatly emphasise the horror genre and the camera movement/angles, colour effect, music and other stylistic elements create a lot of suspense.
The film is also quite comical in parts, especially in the 'Voodoo' segment with Roy Castle, allowing some comic relief to the film.
The picture quality of the dvd is fantasitc and there are some good special features, including 2 commentaries (one of which is superb for fans of this genre).
If you are looking for a good old fashioned horror film (with a good strong cast), then I can highly recommend 'Dr Terrors House of Horrors'.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 60s fun horror 18 July 2010
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This was one of the great cinema outings for youngsters in the 60s. When it was shown on TV in the old TV format and in black and white it didn't look so good, and criticisms were made of the special effects, especially the malicious vine episode which was my favourite. It looked great in the cinema, and in widescreen as here it looks great again. The film benefits from terrific colour photography and great film making. The only criticism I have is that the image as the credits roll up at the end was blurred on the DVD copy I bought, but the film itself is imaculate and splendid. This is an old favourite from when horror films were fun and satisfied as art.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sturdy Shocker 15 Nov 2010
By Adrian Drew TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
This is a fun movie.. well acted.. directed.. designed and with a good plot and script. Don't forget it's over 40 years old though, so don't go expecting "Saw10" (God forbid). It's good to have a decent print in the correct format too. So as compilation films go... this goes quite well... and if the evil vine etc look a tiny bit "ham" well so be it.... This is a camp classic. Better than average though...And Peter C. is always good value...
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Stuff, But Harmless Horror 11 Feb 2011
Format:DVD
A compilation of five short stories consisting of Vampires, Werewolves, Creeping Vines, Voodoo and a disembodied hand. This was the first of a series of movies of this kind from Amicus Productions.
Set on a train five passengers encounter a mysterious 'Dr Schreck' who proceeds to tell each passenger their future via the Tarot cards. And so the cards are dealt and we the viewer see what is about to happen to each individual. This was a good horror movie for its time (1965) and had an X rating, today I see a PG rating printed on the DVD. Don't worry if the kids are around when you are watching this as it may only manage a giggle, they have probably encountered more horror on their X box or PS3 machine.
Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee head the cast, which probably lured the general public into the cinema. A supporting cast of Neil McCallum, Donald Sutherland, Roy Castle, Alan Freeman ('Hello Pop Pickers') and the great Michael Gough. All five stories rounding off a good 90 minute movie.

In those days the dialogue meant a lot and it shows. Cushing and Lee obviously made this while on a break from Hammer studios. To review this movie negatively in comparison to what we have today on our screens ie 'Freddie Kreuger 6', 'The Hills Have Eyes' (ugghh) would be grossly unfair, as todays audiences seem to want blood first, dialogue later. 'Dr. Terrors House Of Horrors' obviously paid off as it then was instrumental in urging Amicus Productions to produce more of the same, 'The House That Dripped Blood', 'Crypt Of Horror', 'Asylum' etc. This one is mainly for Cushing/Lee fans in particular and for the nostalgic types. You certainly wont have any nightmares....Good Fun
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Vintage British horror with great DVD extras 12 Sep 2004
By David L Rattigan VINE VOICE
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
The film itself is a mixed bag: A compendium of horror stories, some good, one or two rather weak, linked together superbly and with great atmosphere by Peter Cushing as the mysterious Dr Terror. The Donald Sutherland vampire episode, the werewolf episode with virtual unknown Neil McCallum and the severed hand story starring Christopher Lee are the most successful, where an amusing but otherwise dull voodoo story with Roy Castle and a risible man-eating plant tale with DJ Alan Freeman are not pulled off so well.
Picture is clear and lush for much of the film, restored to its original Cinemascope format. There are a few glitches, however, and the end-titles are of vastly inferior quality, as if they'd been filmed off a TV set with a camcorder. Bizarre.
It is the DVD extras that make this an eminently worthwhile purchase. One commentary features an interview with director Freddie Francis; a second has horror-film historian Allan Bryce in an endearing, trivia-packed introduction to Amicus, Hammer studios' only serious rival in the British horror-film industry of the 1960s.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the very best Amicus anthologies 25 Nov 2003
By A Customer
Format:DVD
I first remember seeing this film as a child and quite a few years passed before owning a copy on VHS video. It would come on t.v. late at night on very rare occasions before that. Now, I have just purchased it on DVD and eagerly look forward to seeing it again after several years, especially as it is now available in the format in which it was first originally released. My favourite segment is the last one with Donald Sutherland as a doctor whose wife is a vampire. My main interest in this segment is in the extremely lovely actress Jennifer Jayne, who portrays Sutherland's wife. She is a real stunner and it is a real pity her part is relatively small in the film. She did a few other films, but none as memorable as this one. Peter Cushing is excellent as "Doctor Terror". The segment with Christopher Lee is memorable, also. The weakest segment is the one concerning the "killer vines", which also features Bernard Lee, the original "M" in the James Bond films. The first segment, concerning werewolves, would have been better in a longer format. Overall, it is a satisfying and fun mid-1960s horror film. I can highly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars well worth a look
Brilliant, love the oldies
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5.0 out of 5 stars Frightening friend
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Published 24 days ago by D. Laidlaw
5.0 out of 5 stars Review
If you're a fan of hammer/vipco/amicus/metromedia, then these popular of the late 60's early 70's era five inter-linked stories of every-day people getting into all manner of... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best horror movies of the period - buy it!
They can't make them like this anymore. This film contains 5 short stories, each one based on a theme from the horror genre. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Alfiepaca
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent DVD
This is an excellent very entertaining horror movie which I really enjoyed and would recommend to anyone to buy it.
Published 8 months ago by Jennifer Shipley
5.0 out of 5 stars House of Horrors
Great timing regarding delivery, hard to find that HMV is not around and was enjoyed at Hallowen. Cannot beat an old skool classic horror.
Published 11 months ago by corky
5.0 out of 5 stars Dr Terrors House Of Horrors
I am so pleased I found this on Amazon. The version I have is the original Anchor Bay 2003 release., with the Extras. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Paul Freeman
4.0 out of 5 stars Doctor terrors house of horrors
As good as it was when I first saw it. Timeless and classic film. Highly recommended to anybody Really enjoyable
Published 14 months ago by C. Pridham
4.0 out of 5 stars Tap the card three times.
Five strangers on board a train and are joined by the mysterious Dr Shreck, he's a fortune teller and offers to read their Tarot cards. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Spike Owen
3.0 out of 5 stars Amicus get the ball rolling with a delicious cast.
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