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Dr. Terror's House of Horrors (1965)

Unrated | | Fantasy, 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.


(as Freddy Francis)


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


Fantasy | Horror


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Release Date:

28 February 1965 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

House of Horrors  »

Box Office


£105,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Faith Kent and Phoebe Nicholls were real-life mother and daughter, although they appear in different segments of the film. See more »


Contrary to what is implied, in Tarotmancy the thirteenth card showing Death is generally interpreted to indicate a positive change. 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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Followed by The House That Dripped Blood (1971) See more »


Music by Boscoe Holder
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Fun horror anthology marred by bad TV and video prints
26 October 2006 | by (Alabama) – See all my reviews

If you can find a copy of "Dr. Terror's House of Horrors", try to ignore its dark, fuzzy appearance (I've seen it once on videocassette and twice on television, and it looked the same way each time; the movie has not yet been made available on DVD). This is a first-rate British horror film in the old style, and if you liked "The House That Dripped Blood" and "Tales From the Crypt", you'll enjoy "...House of Horrors", too. The standout tales are 'Voodoo', which features Roy Castle as a jazz horn player who nicks a piece of sacred African music while spying on a voodoo ceremony and comes to regret it, and 'Disembodied Hand', an unpleasant story of wounded pride, foul play, and revenge that stars Christopher Lee and Michael Gough. Peter Cushing is appropriately sinister as Dr. Schreck, the German metaphysicist who predicts the futures of five unsuspecting men with his "house of horrors", a deck of Tarot cards. The soundtrack deserves a mention, too--it's subtly creepy, and the Dave Brubeck-style jazz (performed by the Tubby Hayes Quintet) in the 'Voodoo' segment is really nice as well. Hopefully someone will acquire the rights to this entertaining film, restore the print, and release it on DVD soon.

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