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5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the wait, 3 Dec. 2003
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This review is from: Doctor Terror's House Of Horrors [1965] [DVD] (DVD)
The DVD version of Doctor Terror's House Of Horrors was well worth the wait. The extras are fine, even though the original film trailer is not among them. More importantly however, the DVD contains a crisp and sparkling print of the film, in it's original widescreen format. Strangely, the film's title in the opening credits is in German, with the English title in parenthesis below! The rest of the credits are in English. The film itself has held up well for nearly 40 years since it's initial release. The stories are uneven, with the voodoo segment, featuring Roy Castle, as the weakest entry. Followed by the killer vine segment featuring Bernard Lee, the original "M" from the James Bond films. The only problem with anthology films is that the better segments don't really have the time to develop and build stories and suspense as well as normal films running times allow for. My favourite segment is the last, featuring Donald Sutherland as a small-town doctor whose wife, portrayed by the memorably stunning Jennifer Jayne, is a vampire. The first story is well-done, concerning werewolves on an island in the Hebrides, although good and quite atmospheric, suffers from the short time allowed to better develop the story and build the suspense. The segment with Christopher Lee as an arrogant art critic is very good and probably the best-known and most memorable segment. Peter Cushing is excellent as "Doctor Terror" and his scenes are very well done in the connecting story that links the five separate segments together on the train. Although, I personally think a film of this type and age could be more economically priced, I certainly didn't mind paying full price for it. It's well worth it to own a quality copy on DVD of a fun and entertaining 1960s horror film that features some top-notch performances by two of the genres all-time greats. If you remember it fondly from years ago, buy it on DVD. If you've never seen it, you are really in for a treat. It is such a nice change to see a horror film with decent acting, no graphic violence, bad language or sex scenes. It is suitable for younger audiences as there is no objectionable content. The film's violence is mostly implied and off-screen. The suspenseful scenes make the film a cut above films made today that have to rely on adult content in order to "out-do" their competition. This film just wants to be entertaining without offending anyone. It succeeds. I can heartily recommend it to anyone who enjoys classic horror at it's very best. Don't miss it!!
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