Robert Bloch penned the episodic script in which Burgess Meredith is a sideshow mystic, who gives a special after-hours show to five patrons. Jack Palance is an Edgar Allen Poe buff who, it turns out, will do almost anything to achieve eminence in his hobby.

Robert Bloch penned the episodic script in which Burgess Meredith is a sideshow mystic, who gives a special after-hours show to five patrons. Jack Palance is an Edgar Allen Poe buff who, it turns out, will do almost anything to achieve eminence in his hobby.

Michael Bryant’s sequence involves a man-eating house cat with whom he tangles after greed induces him to permit the death of a supposedly wealthy relative.

The situations are developed economically and inventively, both from script and Freddie Francis’ very good direction. Cast is competent, considering the apparent fast shooting sked and limited productions coin. In latter regard, sets range from well-thought-out to skimpy.

Torture Garden

UK

Production

Amicus. Director Freddie Francis; Producer Max S. Rosenberg, Milton Subotsky; Screenplay Robert Bloch; Camera Norman Warwick; Editor Peter Elliott; Music Don Banks; Art Director Bill Constable

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1968. Running time: 92 MIN.

With

Jack Palance Burgess Meredith Beverly Adams Peter Cushing Michael Bryant Barbara Ewing
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