Review: Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors
Blu-ray: Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors (1965)
After boarding a train carriage already occupied by five other people, Dr. Terror, AKA Dr. Schreck (Peter Cushing) begins to foretell their futures using Tarot cards and five possible futures unfold: an architect returns to his ancestral home to find a werewolf out for revenge; a huge flesh-eating vine takes over a house; a musician gets involved with voodoo; an art critic is pursued by a disembodied hand and a doctor discovers his new wife is a vampire. But they all end in the same result…DEATH!
Dr. Terror’s House of Horror’s is an early anthology movie from Amicus, and while it may not generally be considered their best, it is still hugely entertaining and has a stellar eclectic cast that includes the aforementioned Peter Cushing, along with Christopher Lee, Donald Sutherland, Alan Freeman, Roy Castle, Kenny Lynch and many more.
Director Freddie Francis takes the Milton Subotsky screenplay and runs with it, gleefully laying corny dialogue and ridiculous situations in front of the viewer, before dropping an end scene that makes everything that’s gone before it totally irrelevant.
However, this is all about the cast for me, with each one of them being very watchable as they try to deal with what fate has apparently handed them…plus seeing Lee and Cushing on screen together is always an absolute delight.
Perfect viewing for a dark winters night.
- Previously unreleased interviews with Kenny Lynch, Ann Bell and Jeremy Kemp
- House of Cards Documentary
- Gallery of Images (courtesy of Stephen Jones)
- Original Theatrical Trailer
- Double-Sided Foldout Graham Humphreys Artwork Poster
- 12 Sided Film Guide Booklet
Review by Dave from a disc kindly supplied by Fabulous Films.