Dr. Terror's House Of Horrors  [DVD]
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Freddie Francis directs this cult horror tale starring Peter Cushing as the mysterious Dr Schreck. Aboard a train, Dr Schreck offers to tell his five fellow passengers their fortunes using his 'House of Horrors' tarot cards. His deadly tales include werewolves, vampires, voodoo and a severed hand. But who is this sinister doctor and where exactly is the train heading?
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 an alternate DVD edition.
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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'.
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
So, I finished watching this about half an hour ago. I won't get too Techie, but for anyone interested... I watched this on a 50 inch THX Approved Panasonic Plasma, TEAC 7.1 Amp and KEF THX Certified Subwoofer. The transfer on the whole is fantastic. Colours are well saturated, detail is great and overall nice and sharp. Sometimes the picture is "Meh", but I would say that's more to do with source material and the type of film originally used (2 perf format because it could save 50% off film raw stock & processing costs), rather than the restoration. When the film begins you are presented with a "Restored by Pinewood" logo - a nice touch. The Video is AVC encoded in 1080/24p 2.35:1 at a rough average of 21.0 Mbps throughout the main feature, going as low as about 10.3 Mbps (in the opening credits). Audio is LPCM 2.0 Dual (at 1.9 Mbps). It has some surprisingly weighty LFE particularly on the Orchestral Soundtrack and the Roy Castle / Kenny Lynch Jazz Sections. Lots of lovely background noises come through such as on the train, sound of the train track, doors closing etc. I'm really impressed. The release is REGION FREE! and has optional English subtitles.
The Doco is very well put together, cuts to the chase, nice graphics, knowledgeable people, very informative and over in no time (although technically nearly an hour). Nice and colourful backdrops help keep this flowing. Jake West (Razor Blade Smile, Doghouse, Caroline Munro: Stella Star) has done a great job.
I've yet to see the Awesome Chris Lee interview, but can't wait (will update). Thoroughly recommended product!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Amicus at their very best, top quality entertainment value, with all the old school actors playing their parts superbly, with a fantastic twist ending. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mocata
Decidedly uneven but amazing (and amazingly weird!) cast when you think about it in shoestring-budget hokum which doesn't always make much sense but is book-ended by the two better... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Mario
This review is for the Anchor Bay release of this film. The reason I was so excited to get it was for the commentary by the late Freddie Francis. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Pulpman
Dr Terror's House Of Horrors 1964
Back in the 1980s I replaced most of my collection of 8mm movies with VHS and I have been going through a same process of upgrading to... Read more
Remember this film from years ago one of the best of its time.plenty well known people in it never knew what it was called but saw it on tv and ordered it straight away .Published 4 months ago by THE EXECUTIONER
This is a fantastic film and in a really great presentation box.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
One of the best Amicus film of this genre. Cushing, Lee, Donald Sutherland, Roy Castle & Ken Lynch. Great story telling. Good looking Bluray. Great film.Published 5 months ago by RickAnne