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Torture Garden (1967)

Approved | | Fantasy, Horror | 6 September 1968 (USA)
An anthology of four short horror stories about people who visit Dr. Diabolo's fairground haunted-house attraction show.

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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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Colin Williams (segment 1 "Enoch")
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Leo Winston (segment 3 "Mr. Steinway")
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Bruce Benton (segment 2 "Terror Over Hollywood")
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Eddie Storm (segment 2 "Terror Over Hollywood")
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Gordon Roberts (Framework Story)
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Dr. Heim (segment 2 "Terror Over Hollywood")
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Nurse Parker (segment 1 "Enoch")
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Uncle Roger (segment 1 "Enoch")
Ursula Howells ...
Miss Maxine Chambers (segment 3 "Mr. Steinway")
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Mike Charles (segment 2 "Terror Over Hollywood")
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Dr. Silversmith (segment 1 "Enoch")
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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. One by one, skeptical customers stand before the Fate Atropos to be shown the greed and violence they're hiding behind their respectable facades. Written by alfiehitchie

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Fantasy | Horror

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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 »

Goofs

(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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Referenced in Naked Angels (1969) 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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