- Actors: Jack Palance, Burgess Meredith, Peter Cushing, Beverly Adams, Michael Bryant
- Directors: Freddie Francis
- Producers: Milton Subotsky
- Format: Subtitled, PAL
- Language: English
- Subtitles: Arabic, Bulgarian, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Turkish, English
- Dubbed: French, German, Italian, Spanish
- Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Classification: 15
- Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
- DVD Release Date: 17 Oct. 2005
- Run Time: 96 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B000AAVDFG
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 98,040 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Torture Garden [DVD] 
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A special sideshow torture exhibit has the power, according to showman Dr. Diablo, to warn people of evil in their futures. As skeptical customers are shown the greed and violence they're hiding, oneof them snaps and kills Diablo. When they run off, we see the murder to be staged as part of the show. One of the customers has hung around to see this, and wants to make a deal with Diablo, aka the Devil.
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I particularly liked the interplay and dialogue exchanges between Peter Cushing and Jack Palance in the final story. In fact Jack's performance in this film is a real revelation. He often played the bad guy in dozens of westerns but here he is cast against type as a man obsessed with anything and everything connected with the great writer Edgar Allan Poe and he plays this part really well. His performance as Dracula in the 1970s is also well worth checking out if you are a horror fan and this further goes to prove what a versatile and underrated actor Jack was.
The cast also includes Burgess Meredith (best-known as The Penguin in the 1960s' Batman TV series and as the trainer, Mickey, in the Rocky films), Barbara Ewing (who went on to appear in Hammer's Dracula Has Risen From The Grave and Guardian Of The Abyss) and Hammer film regular Michael Ripper.
Okay so this film may not be up there with some other Amicus films such as Beyond The Grave but it isn't that bad either and is definitely worth a look, particularly if you like horror anthology films.
Burgess Meredith has and is fun as Dr Diabolo, who invites customers at his horror show to experience the great terrors inside themselves. Four twenty-ish minute stories follow;
Michael Bryant is trying to get his dying uncles money but ends up tangling with a murderous cat.
Then, Beverley Adams discovers how the top actors in the business manage to keep at their best for decades in the movies. This is ok but overlong.
In a silly and slow third part,Barbara Ewing plays second fiddle to a posessed piano.
Finally, Jack Palance is obsessed with collecting Edgar Allan Poe material, and goes to visit Peter Cushings extensive collection.
The first and last stories are the best, making the 45 minutes in the middle a bit slow. Meredith, Palance and Cushing [playing drunk, some of the time] are all good to watch, and its nice to see Hammer stalwart Michael Ripper in a small role.
Generally though, this is a minor entry in Amicus' list, but is under-seen as it has never popped up on TV as much as others like FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE or VAULT OF HORROR.