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Director:
Writer:
Robert Bloch (written by)
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Release Date:
22 February 1971 (UK) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Vampires! Voodoo! Vixens! Victims! See more »
Plot:
A Scotland Yard investigator looks into four mysterious cases involving an unoccupied house: 1) A writer encounters a strangler of his own creation... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

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Christopher Lee ... John Reid (segment 3 "Sweets to the Sweet")

Peter Cushing ... Philip Grayson (segment 2 "Waxworks")
Nyree Dawn Porter ... Ann Norton (segment 3 "Sweets to the Sweet")

Denholm Elliott ... Charles Hillyer (segment 1 "Method for Murder")

Jon Pertwee ... Paul Henderson (segment 4 "The Cloak")
Joanna Dunham ... Alice Hillyer (segment 1 "Method for Murder")

Joss Ackland ... Neville Rogers (segment 2 "Waxworks")
John Bennett ... Detective Inspector Holloway
Chloe Franks ... Jane Reid (segment 3 "Sweets to the Sweet")
Tom Adams ... Dominick / Richard (segment 1 "Method for Murder")

Ingrid Pitt ... Carla Lind (segment 4 "The Cloak")
Geoffrey Bayldon ... Theo Von Hartmann (segment 4 "The Clock")
John Bryans ... A.J. Stoker
Hugh Manning ... Mark (segment 3 "Sweets to the Sweet")
Robert Lang ... Psychiatrist - Andrews (segment 1 "Method for Murder")
Richard Coe ... Mr. Talmadge (segment 4 "The Cloak")
Wolfe Morris ... Waxworks Proprietor (segment 2 "Waxworks")

Jonathan Lynn ... Mr. Petrich (segment 4 "The Cloak")
John Malcolm ... Police Sergeant Martin
Winifred Sabine ... Rita (segment 4 "The Cloak")
Carleton Hobbs ... Dr. Bailey (segment 3 "Sweets to the Sweet")
Bernard Hopkins ... Assistant Director (segment 4 "The Cloak")
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Roy Evans ... Hunchback (segment 4 "The Cloak") (uncredited)

Joanna Lumley ... Film Crew Girl (segment 4 "The Cloak") (uncredited)
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Directed by
Peter Duffell 
 
Writing credits
Robert Bloch (written by)

Russ Jones  segment "Waxworks" (uncredited)

Produced by
Paul Ellisworth .... executive producer
Max Rosenberg .... producer (as Max J. Rosenberg)
Milton Subotsky .... producer
Gordon Wescourt .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Michael Dress 
 
Cinematography by
Ray Parslow (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Peter Tanner 
 
Casting by
Ronnie Curtis (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Tony Curtis 
 
Makeup Department
Harry Frampton .... makeup artist
Joyce James .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Teresa Bolland .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Peter Beale .... first assistant director
Mike Higgins .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Fred Carter .... set dresser
Thomas Goswell .... draughtsman (uncredited)
David Minty .... draughtsman (uncredited)
Peter Wood .... scenic artist (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Michael P. Redbourn .... dubbing editor (as Michael Redbourn)
Ken Ritchie .... sound mixer
Nolan Roberts .... dubbing mixer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Gerry Anstiss .... camera operator
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Laurel Staffell .... wardrobe (as Laurel Staffel)
 
Music Department
Michael Dress .... conductor
 
Other crew
Phyllis Townshend .... continuity (as Phyllis Townsend)
 
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MPAA:
Rated PG for scary images (re-rating) (2002)
Runtime:
102 min
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Australia:M | Canada:AA (Ontario) (original rating) | Canada:PG (Manitoba) (2003) | Canada:PG (Ontario) (re-rating) (2003) | Germany:16 | Iceland:16 | Norway:16 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:12 (video rating) (2003) | USA:GP (original rating) | USA:PG (re-rating) (2002)

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After his first frightening encounter while wearing the cloak, Paul Henderson reads several books on the subject of vampires. The one he is first holding is "The Vampire: His Kith and Kin" by Montague Summers. The back cover lists some of Summers' other works, including: "The Werewolf", "The Vampire in Europe", and the mis-named "The History of Witches" - the true title is "The History of Witchcraft", which means this may have been a "dummy book". Other titles seen on his desk are "The Haunted Screen" by Lee Kovacs and "Essentials of Demonology" by Edward Langston.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: The newspaper that Sgt. Martin is reading is dated Monday, June 8, 1971. In 1971, June 8 fell on a Tuesday.See more »
Quotes:
Paul Henderson:That's what's wrong with the present day horrorfilms. There's no realism. Not like the old ones, the great ones. Frankenstein. Phantom of the Opera. Dracula - the one with Bela Lugosi of course, not this new fellow.See more »
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12 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
immense fun with a first-rate genre cast, 9 September 2004
Author: dr_foreman from Brooklyn, NY

*contains very minor spoilers* (I'm sure the back of the box gives away more!)

Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Joss Ackland, Jon Pertwee...hey, this is one heck of a B-movie cast! All my British friends, together in the same horror anthology. Bliss. Mind you, I'm generally not too crazy about Amicus films; they're more screwed-up and cynical than their charming Hammer counterparts. But this time, Amicus got it just about right. The quality of the stories is uneven, but each has merit.

Story #1 is a pretty dull tale about a horror writer (played by Indiana Jones' buddy Denholm Elliot) who is haunted by one of his fictional creations, a strangler called Dominick. There are some interesting twists, yeah, but the characters are such stereotypes that it's hard to care much about them. And there's really nothing more tedious than writers writing about themselves! Stick with it, though, there's better stuff to come.

Story #2 is probably my favorite. The newly-retired Peter Cushing is haunted by a waxwork figure in a horror museum; it bears a striking resemblance to the late love of his life. An old friend, played by Joss Ackland (a very natural and likable performance), arrives and also falls under the wax girl's spell. I didn't really understand this story when I was ten, probably because I had not yet learned to pine for inaccessible women. However, since then I've been convinced that a wooden figure in a playground was modeled on an ex of mine, so suddenly this really resonates! A wonderfully sad, lonely tale.

Story #3 is also great. Christopher Lee gets to play a sort-of good guy, a rare treat for his fans; his daughter, as it turns out, is a little sorceress. The contrast between her sweet appearance and evil aims works rather well.

Story #4 is...ahem...rather silly, actually. It stars Jon "Doctor Who" Pertwee as a flamboyant horror film star. There's a lot of metahumor in this one; for example, Pertwee's character complains about having to star in cheap horror movies within the context of...a cheap horror movie called "The House that Dripped Blood"! "Doctor Who" was cheap, too, so one wonders if Pertwee was secretly complaining about his own career. But, apparently, he was actually spoofing Christopher Lee. The humor is this segment works, but it's strange to end such a dark movie with a goofy installment. I also don't know quite how to feel about seeing Jon get hoisted up on clearly visible wires during a "flying" segment.

After a somewhat dodgy epilogue with more Pertwee facing-making, the whole thing wraps up nicely with some cryptic remarks from an estate agent. On to the next British horror cheapie!

By their very nature, these anthology movies are mixed bags, but this is definitely one of the strongest. It's worth a look for the cast alone, and the middle two installments are definitely superior horror shorts.

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