Torture Garden (1967)

Approved  |   |  Horror  |  November 1967 (UK)
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An anthology of four short horror stories about people who visit Dr. Diabolo's fairground haunted-house attraction show.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ronald Wyatt (segment 4 "The Man Who Collected Poe")
Dr. Diabolo (Framework Story)
Beverly Adams ...
Carla Hayes (segment 2 "Terror Over Hollywood")
Lancelot Canning (segment 4 "The Man Who Collected Poe")
Maurice Denham ...
Uncle Roger (segment 1 "Enoch")
Barbara Ewing ...
Dorothy Endicott (segment 3 "Mr. Steinway")
Michael Bryant ...
Colin Williams (segment 1 "Enoch")
Leo Winston (segment 3 "Mr. Steinway")
Robert Hutton ...
Bruce Benton (segment 2 "Terror Over Hollywood")
John Phillips ...
Eddie Storm (segment 2 "Terror Over Hollywood")
Michael Ripper ...
Gordon Roberts (Framework Story)
Dr. Heim (segment 2 "Terror Over Hollywood")
Catherine Finn ...
Nurse Parker (segment 1 "Enoch")
Ursula Howells ...
Miss Maxine Chambers (segment 3 "Mr. Steinway")
David Bauer ...
Mike Charles (segment 2 "Terror Over Hollywood")


A special sideshow torture exhibit has the power, according to showman Dr. Diablo, to warn people of evil in their futures. Ore by one, skeptical customers stand before the Fate Atropos to be shown the greed and violence they're hiding. Written by alfiehitchie

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Release Date:

November 1967 (UK)  »

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| (TCM print)

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Columbia financed this film and insisted that two American actors be cast. Therefore, the initial casting of Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee was changed to that of Jack Palance and Burgess Meredith. See more »


(at around 40 mins) Atropos, Dr. Diabolo's dummy of an ancient goddess, is clearly breathing in one shot. See more »


Followed by The Monster Club (1981) See more »

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Likeable if uneven batch of tales in the familiar Amicus style!
11 December 2001 | by (Port Talbot, South Wales,UK) – See all my reviews

Amicus always managed to get great casts for their anthological films especially, and the fact that one or two decent American actors/actresses are present here merely, emphasises the point.

Burgess Meredith plays Dr. Diablo with marvellous relish in the linking story about a fairground charlatan who presides over "the sheers of fate" (held by an actress who can't keep still!).

Predictably, the stories are of variable quality and, like Dr. Terror's House of Horrors, some of the execution is stagey, mainly because the sets are so cheap-looking.

Story 1 about a dead witch who possesses a cat and causes a inheritor to rue his greediness is satisfactorily macabre and entertaining; Story 2 is more mysterious than horrific but the story about androids is, at least, relatively original; Story 3 is a distinctly silly episode about a piano "with a mind of it's own", who kills it's player's lover; Story 4, however, is the "piece de resistance" about the resurrection of Edgar Allan Poe (wonderful idea by Robert Bloch!). The performances in this story are also worthy of mention - Jack Palance almost puts Peter Cushing in the shade with his eccentric hamminess as a Poe fanatic, but both of them really do bring the best out of the script.

Overall, this compendium has it's faults but some of it's excellent acting and inventive script-writing push it to my second favourite Amicus film (behind The House That Dripped Blood).

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