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Writers:
Jack Hill (writer)
Luis Enrique Vergara (writer)
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Release Date:
1968 (Mexico) See more »
Tagline:
In the name of science he created ... The Torture Zone
Plot:
A scientist notices strange frequencies coming from within the Earth. He and his assistants discover a living rock underneath a volcano... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Boris Karloff ... Dr. Karl Mantell

Julissa ... Corinne Mantell
Carlos East ... Mark

Isela Vega ... Helga
Yerye Beirute ... Roland
Eva Muller ... Sally
Santanón ... Dwarf
Pamela Rosas ... Stripper
Fuensanta
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sandra Chávez ... Luisa Martinez

Directed by
Jack Hill (US scenes)
Juan Ibáñez (Mexican scenes)
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jack Hill  writer
Luis Enrique Vergara  writer

Produced by
Luis Enrique Vergara .... producer
 
Original Music by
Enrico C. Cabiati 
 
Cinematography by
Raúl Domínguez 
Austin McKinney 
 
Film Editing by
Felipe Marino 
 
Art Direction by
José Méndez 
Octavio Ocampo 
 
Set Decoration by
Raúl Cárdenas 
 
Costume Design by
Vicente Tostado 
 
Makeup Department
Tony Ramirez .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
José Luis Cerrada .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
José Luis González de León .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Heinrich Henkel .... sound recordist
Víctor Rojo .... dialogue recordist
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Eduardo Rojo .... camera operator
 
Other crew
Guillermo Olivera .... production coordinator
Stim Segar .... dialogue director
James M. Tanenbaum .... computer technical advisor (uncredited)
 

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88 min
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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Trivia:
The final film performance of master of horror Boris Karloff.See more »
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Referenced in Birth of the Living Dead (2013)See more »

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10 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
"It could contain the secret of our very existence!", 26 April 2006
Author: Adrian Smith (trouserpress) from Eastbourne, England

When Karloff completed work on The Curse of the Crimson Altar for Tigon in the UK, many believed it would be his last film. He had spent some time in hospital during the shoot, and there were a few teary eyes when the shoot was finally over and he flew home. So imagine the surprise of everyone concerned when it turned out he was already contracted to appear in another four films! This group of Mexican horrors included such near-classics as The Fear Chamber, The Incredible Invasion, Isle of the Living Dead and House of Evil. These films were all shot in a matter of weeks, with Karloff's scenes shot in California, and the rest down in Mexico. He was obviously quite frail by this point. The majority of his sixties films featured him either in a wheelchair or at least sitting/ lying down for the majority of the time, and The Fear Chamber is no exception. Despite the obvious limitations however, he still puts in a great performance.

The Fear Chamber has one of the most ludicrous plots I have come across, which given the amount of "bad" films I've watched is really saying something. To summarize: a telepathic rock which feeds on the chemical produced by fear is kept alive by an ambitious scientist and his misfit band of assistants, including his insipid daughter and her heroic boyfriend, Mexico's answer to Tor Johnson, who from now on will be referred to as Lobo, a sex-maniac dwarf, a predatory lesbian with a predilection for torture, and some kind of turban-wearing hippy guru, reminiscent of a young George Harrison.

Now that sounds like a great basis for a movie, and it certainly starts off strong. Disguised as a refuge for women looking for work, the scientists force one after another into the Fear Chamber, which is what a bad acid trip in a ghost train must be like. It is full of cobwebs, snakes, skeletons and satanic rituals, and the women finally scream themselves into unconsciousness. The precious fear juice is then extracted in the lab and fed to the hungry rock. Carried back to their beds, they wake up believing it was all a bad dream. Meanwhile Lobo develops an obsession for diamonds and has some sort of telepathic link with the rock. He also sports a lobotomy scar, which leads you to suspect that the casting sessions for this film were held at the Mexican Insane Asylum.

Karloff's character sustains an injury early on in the film, conveniently (for him) leaving him bedridden until the final reel. This is unfortunate, as when he's off the screen the films dips low, and I mean really low. The assortment of unusual characters manage to entertain some of the time, but when the focus is on the burgeoning love story between Karloff's daughter and her boyfriend you feel yourself reaching for the fast forward button.

This film has been released on DVD before, but this is the version to pick up. Not only does it feature an excellent transfer and soundtrack, it also comes with a deleted scene (see a Mexican go-go dancer get savaged by a tentacled rock!) and an excellent commentary by the writer and director of the American half, Corman veteran Jack Hill.

So in a nutshell, this is a film worth purchasing as a)it stars Boris Karloff, who is worth watching in any old rubbish (which is just as well, as he never seemed particularly picky with his roles) b)It's cheap c)It's a fascinating insight into the world of low budget movie making and in case I forgot to mention it, d) It features half-naked Mexican women being tortured in the haunted house ride from hell.

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