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5.0 out of 5 stars Freeze with unease around the knees ..., 8 Dec. 2009
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This review is from: Doctor Terrible's House of Horrible [DVD] [2001] (DVD)
... And let the clammy hand of television paw at you unrelentingly as Steve Coogan and friends essay six note-perfect send-ups of the great old (well, old anyway) days of British horror movies.
Seems Steve Coogan and his fellow writers Graham Duff and Henry Normal must all have spent their formative years watching the best (and worst) of the Hammer and Amicus horror films of yesteryear, and all this studying has paid off. Each film spoof is fronted by Coogan under very heavy rubber disguise as the truly repulsive Dr. Terrible, and Coogan takes a leading role in each of the six introduced episodes. And while the individual stories can be a bit variable, they're all good and some of them are just superb.
My personal favourite is the vampire story, whose name I'll omit for fear of offending sensitive Amazon readers, which gives splendid roles to Ronni Ancona and Ben Miller as a rather rum Carpathian Countess and her remarkably rum factotum. The vampire saga also allows Honor Blackman a unique opportunity to blast everyone else off the screen by playing what is basically a lady Van Helsing in a leather dress. Another belter is `Scream, Satan, Scream', which casts Coogan as a grotty-minded 17th-century witchfinder with a slight hint of the Peter Sellers.
The extras are fine too - going quite a bit beyond the usual cast / crew self-congratulation - and often genuinely funny in their own right
Anyway, give 'Doctor Terrible ...' a go if spot-on film parody flicks your switch.
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