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  • Actors: Vincent Price, Peter Cushing, Robert Quarry
  • Directors: James Clark
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Altitude Film Distribution
  • DVD Release Date: 27 May 2013
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00CBFU7BE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,179 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Vincent Price and Peter Cushing star in this 1970s horror about an actor with a mysterious past. After being accused and aquitted of his fiancée's murder, successful horror film star Paul Toombes (Price) is put in an institution. Years later he returns to his former role of Dr. Death in a new television series, working with his writer friend Herbert Flay (Cushing). Paul realises his past has come back to haunt him, however, when the murders carried out by Dr. Death are replicated in real life on the cast and crew...

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Mercy on 10 Oct. 2014
Format: DVD
A daft, illogical late runner in the British horror genre, 1974's Madhouse features Vincent Price playing a Hollywood horror movie actor who goes doolally after his former adult film star fiancée is butchered in the style favoured by the famous maniac he plays on screen, and he can't remember whether he did it or not. After a long recovery period he finds himself attempting a comeback on British TV, only for a new series of murders to start, chipping away at his sanity yet again...
Price's final film for American International Pictures, here co-producing with Amicus (and featuring arguably the star's last genuine leading role), on paper the movie sounds like it could be worthwhile, teaming him as it does with Peter Cushing (playing his shifty scriptwriter) in what is really their only genuine co-starring vehicle, and featuring several other UK horror stalwarts like Linda Hayden and Adrienne Corri in smaller parts. The movie, however, is not only howlingly stupid in the way that its plot progresses (it doesn't seem to matter how many members of the cast and crew of Price's new television show get killed, they just carry on making it anyway), it presents us with a mystery that is totally transparent in the way it will eventually play out. Robert Quarry, AIP's early 1970s answer to Hammer's Shane Briant, appears as a sleazy producer whose revelations about Price's betrothed set the plot in motion, and gives a singularly unattractive turn; and frankly, I could have done without the self-reflexive cameo from Michael Parkinson, of all people, as well.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By broken eyes on 3 Jun. 2013
Format: DVD
This new DVD, by Spirit Entertainment, is non-anamorphic 1.85:1 in a 1.33:1 frame, meaning the image as seen on a 1.78:1 HDTV is both letterboxed (top and bottom) and pillarboxed (left and right). Yes, you can zoom the image to better fit the screen, but that leads to lower picture quality.

I'm guessing this must be a R2 conversion of the non-anamorphic R1 MGM DVD from 2004? I can't believe we're still getting non-anamorphic DVD releases in the year 2013! I wouldn't have bothered buying this disc if Amazon had included better - any! - product information.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By LeeVanNero on 29 May 2013
Format: DVD
Vincent Price that is! Not an Amicus, or Brit Horror, classic by any means, but watching Price and to a lesser degree in this particular film the great Peter Cushing, hamming it up in fine style makes it watchable. Worth a punt for collectors - if you can get it cheap - it's a decent clean widescreen print, and is fun enough to watch, if a little untidy and disjointed at times. There's some pretty bad acting and sereval miscastings, but that kind of ads to the fun in many ways. According to the BBFC it's uncut, but it does look like someone has defintely cut some of the 'gory' scenes at some point - possibly the makers themselves in the editting room - and there is absolutely no way, if it were put forward for re-classification today it would be given a Cert 18. 12 at the very most and quite possibly even a PG. So if you're looking for the promised gore on the sleeve, you're probably better off looking elsewhere!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By rampton uk on 17 Jan. 2014
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This was the last of the four Vincent Price 'serial killer' films of the early 70s. With a pair of Phibes films and Theatre of Blood going before it, 'Madhouse' had a lot to live up to. It fails rather dismally I am afraid. The ponderous whodunnit of a plot combines with a really poor script to leave the impressive cast doing their level best, but cast adrift in a charmless gore fest. Where the previous films had some wry humour and were delivered with style and pace, this film looks a bit like a TV movie copy, simply designed to cash in. The use of an actor as the main protagonist is clearly lifted from Theatre of Blood, and thus suffers the more dearly by comparison with it. A pale, rather unpleasant spectacle to end a run of otherwise excellent films.
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9 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Colonel Decker on 25 May 2013
Format: DVD
Finally the two greats on screen together- but all we get is a spoof like doc cum comedy of Vincent Price's career.
And its all played for laughs. Don't expect to see much of Cushing either, who looks uninterested in the project.

Also features a bizarre cameo by Michael Parkinson.
I love Cushing, I love Price- But I wish this had been straight up horror as oppose to nothing more than a bad joke.

A wasted opportunity, I'm afraid.
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