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Torture Garden (1967)

 -  Horror  -  November 1967 (UK)
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A special sideshow torture exhibit has the power, according to showman Dr. Diablo, to warn people of evil in their futures. As skeptical customers are shown the greed and violence they're ... See full summary »

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Ronald Wyatt (segment 4 "The Man Who Collected Poe")
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Dr. Diabolo (Framework Story)
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Carla Hayes (segment 2 "Terror Over Hollywood")
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Lancelot Canning (segment 4 "The Man Who Collected Poe")
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Uncle Roger (segment 1 "Enoch")
Barbara Ewing ...
Dorothy Endicott (segment 3 "Mr. Steinway")
Michael Bryant ...
Colin Williams (segment 1 "Enoch")
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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)
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Dr. Heim (segment 2 "Terror Over Hollywood")
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Nurse Parker (segment 1 "Enoch")
Ursula Howells ...
Miss Maxine Chambers (segment 3 "Mr. Steinway")
David Bauer ...
Mike Charles (segment 2 "Terror Over Hollywood")
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A special sideshow torture exhibit has the power, according to showman Dr. Diablo, to warn people of evil in their futures. As skeptical customers are shown the greed and violence they're hiding, one of them snaps and kills Diablo. When they run off, we see the murder to be staged as part of the show. One of the customers has hung around to see this, and wants to make a deal with Diablo, aka the Devil. Written by alfiehitchie

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Do You Dare See What Dr. Diabolo Sees?

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Despite being present from opening and also top billed, Jack Palance does not speak until 75 minutes into the film. See more »

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

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OK horror anthology
6 July 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Dr. Diablo (Burgess Meredith) runs a circus carnival sideshow called Torture Garden. In there he offers to tell four people their futures which we then see played out. Story 1 has a man (Michael Bryant) letting his uncle die to search for the money he thinks the old man has hidden. Instead he finds a lethal cat. Story 2 has starlet Carla Hayes (Beverly Adams) discovering why stars stay looking so young. Story 3 has a woman fall in love with a world famous pianist--until his piano gets jealous (don't ask). Story 4 has Jack Palance playing an Edgar Allan Poe fanatic who plans to rob a Poe collector (Peter Cushing) but finds more than he bargained for.

OK--story 1 and 4 are easily the best. Story 2 is pretty stupid and story 3 is just ridiculous--the good acting keeps it from completely falling apart. The acting, with the sole exception of Adams, is very good--Bryant is excellent and Meredith and Palance chew the scenery. Adams is a very beautiful woman--but no actress. Also, for some reason, story 1 has an excellent music score which is completely missing from the rest of the film. There's very little blood or violence here and the "twist" ending comes as no surprise. A real mixed bag here--this isn't as good as "The House That Dripped Blood" or "Dr. Terror's House of Horrors" but worth a look for horror fans. Robert Bloch wrote all four stories too.


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