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Dr. Terror's House of Horrors (1965)

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

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Roy Castle ...
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Max Adrian ...
Ann Bell ...
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Eric Landor (segment 4 "Disembodied Hand")
Jennifer Jayne ...
Nicolle Carroll (segment 5 "Vampire")
Neil McCallum ...
Jim Dawson (segment 1 "Werewolf")
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Alan Freeman ...
Bill Rogers (segment 2 "Creeping Vine")
Peter Madden ...
Caleb (segment 1 "Werewolf")
Kenny Lynch ...
Sammy Coin (segment 3 "Voodoo")
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Jerry Drake (segment 2 "Creeping Vine")
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Dr. Bob Carroll (segment 5 "Vampire")
Harold Lang ...
Roy Shine (segment 3 "Voodoo")
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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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Acker Bilk was hired to play Biff Bailey but had a heart attack and was replaced by Roy Castle. See more »

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

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Hopkins: Plant like that... could take over the world.
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Voodoo
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Good horror with an atmosphere of real menace and unease.
15 August 2000 | by (Isle of Man) – See all my reviews

First of the spate of British portmanteau horror films which sprung up in the 1960's/early 70's (there had of course been 'Dead of Night' much earlier).

Five men in a train carriage have their tarot cards read by the mysterious Dr Schreck, all concluding in the same manner - their death. Ranks above many of the similar films which followed by having classic horror themes in the stories - werewolves, voodoo, severed hand, killer plant and vampires. Film also has well above average cast and a tone which remains sombre right up to the bleak ending. That said we do have the one comic relief story, which as usual is by far the weakest - here we have Roy Castle as a jazz musician getting caught up in voodoo.

It is the framing story in these horror anthologies which often make or break the entire film, and in 'Dr Terror's ....' it is excellent with Cushing having a real tone of menace as the quietly spoken, sinister Dr Schreck, as the action switches back to the increasingly claustrophobic train carriage.

At a time when Hammer's standards were beginning to slip, Amicus provided an important rival which ensured the British horror output remained interesting and inventive for quite some time.


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