Review: ‘Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors’

Five short horror episodes, thinly linked, provide a usefully chilly package deal which will offer audiences several mild shudders and quite a lot of amusement. Even though occasional giggles set in, the cast, headed by experienced horror practitioners such as Peter Cushing, Michael Gough, Christopher Lee and Max Adrian, sensibly play it straight.

Five short horror episodes, thinly linked, provide a usefully chilly package deal which will offer audiences several mild shudders and quite a lot of amusement. Even though occasional giggles set in, the cast, headed by experienced horror practitioners such as Peter Cushing, Michael Gough, Christopher Lee and Max Adrian, sensibly play it straight.

Five young men traveling on a routine train journey, meet up with the sixth passenger. He’s a mysterious, bearded stranger (Cushing) who reveals himself as Dr Schreck. With the aid of a pack of Tarot cards, he foretells the grisly deaths in store for the quintet. The film emerges as a kind of Cinemagoers’ Digest of how to come to a sticky end.

Dr. Terror's House of Horrors

UK

Production

Amicus. Director Freddie Francis; Producer Milton Subotsky, Max J. Rosenberg; Screenplay Milton Subotsky; Camera Alan Hume; Editor Thelma Connell; Music Elizabeth Lutyens, Tubby Hayes; Art Director Bill Constable

Crew

(Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1965. Running time: 98 MIN.

With

Peter Cushing Christopher Lee Roy Castle Donald Sutherland Neil McCallum Alan Freeman
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