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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
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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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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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8 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
So Bad, So Hilarious!, 15 December 2006
Author: Bensch from Salzburg, Austria

I recently bought a Boris Karloff DVD collection, containing four of Karloff's infamous last movies on two DVDs: "La Muerte Viviente" aka. "Snake People", "House Of Evil" aka. "Dance Of Death", "The Incredible Invasion" aka. "Alien Terror" and "The Fear Chamber" aka. "The Torture Zone", all of them directed by Juan Ibánez and Jack Hill.

I was prepared for extremely trashy stuff, but after watching the extremely crappy, but extremely hilarious "Snake Peolple" I was sure I had found the epitome of a 'so bad it's good' kind of movie (I already wrote a review). Then I watched "The Fear Chamber", just to find out it is even a better example for how great awfulness can really be.

Horror icon Boris Karloff's very last movie, "The Fear Chamber" was released in 1972, three years after Karloff's death. Not only am I a big Boris Karloff fan, but I also have utmost respect for Director Jack Hill for his great exploitation classics (like "Coffy" with Pam Grier for example). If you are a fan of unintentional comedies, "The Fear Chamber" should be your kind of movie.

Near the earth's core, scientists discover a rock that is obviously alive! Hoping that the rock will reveal "all secrets of the universe", they bring it to a laboratory to examine it. But since the living rock feeds on human fear, they have to torture young women in a special fear chamber, in order to gain fear hormones and keep the rock alive.

"The Fear Chamber" is an extremely poorly produced flick and apart from Karloff and Isela Vega (who played Warren Oates' girlfriend in Sam Peckinpah's surreal masterpiece "Bring Me The Head Of Alfredo Garcia"), the acting is pretty bad too. The lab and the attached fear chamber look extremely ridiculous and resemble of the Ufo in Ed Wood's "Plan 9 From Outer Space". The movie's crappiest (and most hilarious) aspect, however is its script, especially the dialogue. The head scientist Dr. Carl Mendel (Karloff) assumes, for example, that the living rock could reveal "all secrets of the universe" and "the secret of our very existence", although none of the scientists seems to have the slightest reason to make such an assumption.

This may be one of the crappiest Sci-Fi Horror flicks ever, but it is also one of the most hilarious unintentional comedies I have ever seen. The great Boris Karloff makes anything worth watching, this, however, also has a big value for it is probably one of the most absurd movies ever, and for its (unintentional) fun factor. If you had fun watching "Plan 9 From Outer Space", I can guarantee that you will laugh your ass of watching this. Very bad, But I loved it!

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