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

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  • Actors: Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Roy Castle, Donald Sutherland
  • Directors: Freddie Francis
  • Format: PAL, Colour, Widescreen, Anamorphic, Mono
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Odeon Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 22 Mar. 2010
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001Q58KY6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,626 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Dr Terror (Peter Cushing - Star Wars) is a mysterious fortune teller who boards a train and offers to tell five fellow passengers their fortune with tarot cards. Five possible futures unfold: an architect returns to his ancestral home to find a werewolf out for revenge; a huge flesh-eating vine takes over a house; a musician gets involved with voodoo; an art critic is pursued by a disembodied hand and a doctor discovers his new wife is a vampire. But they all end in the same result..DEATH. A fascinating and fast paced example of portmanteau filmmaking with a deadly twist in the tale.

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Brand new Limited numbered edition release of 4,000 with specially commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys. Includes a brand new making of Dr Terror documentary by Nucleus Films and a recently filmed appreciation of the life and career of the late Sir Christopher Lee. --Dark Side --This text refers to the Blu-ray edition.

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4.2 out of 5 stars

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Feb. 2004
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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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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By DH Dixon on 18 July 2010
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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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By JIMBO (Dublin,) on 11 Feb. 2011
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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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Adrian Drew TOP 500 REVIEWER on 15 Nov. 2010
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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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Mercy on 13 July 2010
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Meeting Peter Cushing's mild-mannered Tarot card reader on a long train journey, five travellers have their fortunes read, with each discovering that a grisly destiny awaits him; Neil McCallum is set to fall foul of a werewolf's curse, Alan Freeman (yes, the DJ) will be plagued by man-eating plant life, Roy Castle will become involved with a West Indies voodoo cult, Christopher Lee will be haunted by the disembodied hand of a dead enemy, and a young Donald Sutherland will marry a vampire. Eventually, the group attempt to prevent the unhappy ends that have been predicted for them, but discover that fate is not so easy to cheat...
The first in the profitable series of `portmanteau' chillers from Amicus (a rival production company to Hammer, mainly notable for soft-pedalling on the sex and gore content that Hammer usually tried to forefront), 1965's Dr. Terror's House of Horrors is a reasonably well put together effort, with efficient if unremarkable direction from Freddie Francis and reliable performances from the main stars; however, the film's storyline is almost stiflingly arthritic (the script was, as usual for Amicus, by producer Milton Subotsky), combining five tedious `horror movie 1:1' vignettes with a predictable framing story. Of all the episodes, that in which Lee is tormented by Michael Gough's severed hand is the only one that really holds the attention, primarily due to the game characterisation of Lee at his most irritable, but the story itself is hokey at best. Given no opportunity to show the gift for creating off-the-wall characters that he would shortly display with his star-making contributions to The Dirty Dozen, M*A*S*H, and Kelly's Heroes, Sutherland is saddled with the most boring episode, which unfortunately also comes last in the running order.
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