Dr. Terror's House of Horrors (1965)

Unrated  |   |  Horror  |  28 February 1965 (USA)
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Aboard a British train, mysterious fortune teller Dr.Schreck, uses Tarot cards to read the future of five fellow passengers.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Roy Castle ...
Max Adrian ...
Ann Bell ...
Eric Landor (segment 4 "Disembodied Hand")
Jennifer Jayne ...
Nicolle Carroll (segment 5 "Vampire")
Neil McCallum ...
Jim Dawson (segment 1 "Werewolf")
Alan Freeman ...
Bill Rogers (segment 2 "Creeping Vine")
Peter Madden ...
Caleb (segment 1 "Werewolf")
Kenny Lynch ...
Sammy Coin (segment 3 "Voodoo")
Jerry Drake (segment 2 "Creeping Vine")
Dr. Bob Carroll (segment 5 "Vampire")
Harold Lang ...
Roy Shine (segment 3 "Voodoo")


Five strangers board a train and are joined by a mysterious fortune teller who offers to read their Tarot cards. Five separate stories unfold: An architect returns to his ancestoral home to find a werewolf out for revenge; a doctor discovers his new wife is a vampire; a huge plant takes over a house; a musician gets involved with voodoo; an art critic is pursued by a disembodied hand. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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Acclaimed as "THE FEAR OF THE YEAR"




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Release Date:

28 February 1965 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Blood Suckers  »

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£105,000 (estimated)

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(RCA Sound Recording)



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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The first of the "portmanteau" horror films to be made by Amicus Productions. According to co-producer Milton Subotsky, he was inspired to write a multi-story horror film by his admiration for Dead of Night (1945), which uses a similar format. See more »


Franklyn Marsh does not touch the deck three times as is necessary according to Dr Terror around the beginning of the movie. See more »


Dawson: Schreck? That's a German word isn't it? Means fear or horror.
Dr. Schreck: A more exact translation would be terror. An unfortunate misnomer for I am the mildest of men.
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Featured in Creepy Classics (1987) See more »


Music by Tubby Hayes
Performed by The Tubby Hayes Quintet
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Pick a Card...Any Card
23 December 2001 | by (NC) – See all my reviews

Peter Cushing joins five men in a railway carriage only to have each man pick one of his deadly tarot cards and have Cushing predict his future. Each man picks the same card and each then tells/hears a story about some awful thing that happens to him and leads to his death. A very well-done horror anthology here by the folks at Amicus and director Freddie Francis. Francis gives his usual workmanlike effort creating some suspenseful moments and at other times slight and tedious plodding. Each story is done in a flashback style or dreamlike sequence. One story is about some mean green...plants that take over a household and even kill when threatened. Another story deals with a tribal voodoo song and what happens when copyright is infringed. There is a story about an old house and a werewolf. The final story deals with vampires in which Donald Sutherland, unbeknownst to him has married a vampire. This story as well as the voodoo story try to be funny as well as frightening. The best story for me stars Christopher Lee as a snobby art critic who has been embarrassed by a man whose art he continually berated, finally exacting his revenge on him...a revenge that becomes bittersweet. This revenge keeps Lee with more problems than he can HAND-le. This story is particularly effective and Lee and Michael Gough give some outstanding performances. The frame story is also very good and Cushing does a wonderful job enticing his fellow travelers to find out their futures and then let them know they have all been had by Death itself. Lots of fun here!

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