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on 6 March 2015
Nice pastiches of various horror staples. Most of the episodes draw on horror movies from the 1960s and 70s, though you need to be familiar with the source material to get a lot of the in-jokes. Although a lot of effort has obviously gone into making them, many of the originals were already too close to parody to be successfully spoofed.

For me, the funniest parts were the clips of Dr Terrible that top and tail each episode.

A good buy for vintage horror fans.
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on 22 November 2015
Despite it being a spoof film I found this to be stupid, coarse and totally avoidable. A great disappointment as I admire most of Coogan's material.
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VINE VOICEon 31 December 2008
I'd love to have given this series a great revue... but unfortunately it just doesn't warrant one. It's basically a great high concept, but one that misfires pretty completely - it just ain't that funny! As an example one episode ends with a hilarious one liner from Dr Horrible, but to get to that point you've had to endure 28 minutes of fairly tedious cod Hammer horror that'll leave you bored riged by the end. Alan Partridge it ain't. They probably had great fun making it, but it's not much fun watching it.
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on 11 August 2013
I do love Steve Coogan and this is simply not up to his best , you can see how everyone involved probably enjoyed themselves making the stories and at times it can be very funny but not as often as you would like , buy it if you want everything that Steve Coogan has made don't buy if you want or need constant laughs .
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on 15 June 2015
Very poor, predictable effort. Of interest only for its relevance to the Coogan history.
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on 2 September 2003
Dr Terrible's House of Horrible is a series which is a celebration of the age of Hammer Horror - with Steve Coogan starring as 7 different characters. In each of the 6 episodes, Steve appears as Dr Terrible, who introduces us to a tale of the supernatural. Each tale has Steve playing a different character, and he does so brilliantly without any flaws. In some cases it is almost impossible to recognise him (such as when he plays Dr Donald Baxter in The Curse of the Blood of the Lizard of Doom). Each tale is stuffed with humour, though it is an acquired taste. Fortunately, other comedies such as the League of Gentlemen (one episode starrs Mark Gatiss playing the chinese supervillian Hang Man Chang in the episode Frenzy of Tongs) also take a similar comic direction. If you like Alan Partridge and Steve Coogans other work then you should feel right at home with this.
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on 6 January 2015
Quite good fun. Six episodes all of which are a tribute/homage to the Hammer etc etc horror films of the 70's. My favourite "Lesbian Vampire Lovers of Lust" which in the space of 30 minutes manages to cram in as much of the classic Hammer "Karnstein Trilogy" as possible. Watching all the episodes you can pick up references to some of the classics that this anthology pays tribute to.....and they're funny too.
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on 11 March 2016
Steve coogan at his best
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on 18 June 2015
I enjoyed this spoof of the hammer films. An forgotten gem by Steve coogan
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on 14 August 2009
This homage to the Hammer movie genre of the 1960s and `70s is actually more of an homage to all the parodies, pastiches and p-takes that TV comedians have based on them over the last 40 years. Although rarely guilty of being directly derivative, `Dr Terrible's House of Horrible' covers ground already well-trodden by the likes of Blackadder, Ripping Yarns, Monty Python, Young Frankenstein, Carry Ons `Screaming' and `Dick', Mel Brooks' `Young Frankenstein', and even The Two Ronnies. Steve Coogan and his comedy cohorts are on top form, however, and production values are high (`Dr Terrible's House of Horrible' probably cost more to make than the original movies it spoofs); its flaws lie in the scripts which overly rely on gags based on overacted archness, imperilled, swooning heroines, and some smutty one-liners that would have caused Talbot Rothwell to blanche. And the overall script quality is inferior to the standard set by 'Coogan's Run' some years earlier.
That said, it's enjoyable and fun viewing, and episodes like `Scream Satan Scream', in which Coogan plays serial lecher Captain Tobias Slater `witch locator', come close to classic status. And host Dr Terrible himself - Coogan superb under flawlessly realistic prosthetic make-up - is truly diabolical.
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