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Tales That Witness Madness (1973)

R | | Horror | 31 October 1973 (USA)
A psychiatrist tells stories of four special cases to a colleague.



(as Jay Fairbank)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Auriol (segment 4 "Luau")
Fay Patterson (segment 1 "Mr. Tiger")
Bella Thompson (segment 3 "Mel")
Dr. Nicholas
Sam Patterson (segment 1 "Mr. Tiger")
Brian (segment 3 "Mel")
Ann / Beatrice (segment 2 "Penny Farthing")
Timothy Patrick (segment 2 "Penny Farthing")
Michael Petrovitch ...
Kimo (segment 4 "Luau")
Prof. R.C. Tremayne
Russell Lewis ...
Paul Patterson (segment 1 "Mr. Tiger")
Lesley Nunnerley ...
Vera (segment 4 "Luau")
Keoki (segment 4 "Luau")
Ginny (segment 4 "Luau")
David Wood ...
Tutor - Phillipe (segment 1 "Mr. Tiger")


Dr Tremayne is an enigmatic Psychiatrist running a Futuristic asylum housing four very special cases. Visited by colleague Nicholas, Tremayne explains his amazing and controversial theories as to why each of the four patients went mad... cue four distinct tales each with a different set of characters: 'Mr Tiger' tells of Paul, the sensitive and troubled young son of prosperous but constantly bickering and unlovely parents, and the boy's 'imaginary' friend, a tiger. 'Penny Farthing' tells of Timothy, an antique store owner propelled backwards in time by a penny-farthing bicycle in his shop, all the while being watched over by the constantly changing photograph of Uncle Albert, which endangers the lives of both Timothy and his beautiful wife, Ann. 'Mel' tells of Brian, a man who brings home an old dead tree and prominently displays it in his living room as a work of art. His fiery wife Bella soon becomes jealous of the tree, which the husband has lovingly named Mel, and it seems to be ... Written by R Lindsay

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Severely lacking Amicus anthology
26 October 2006 | by (Beverley Hills, England) – See all my reviews

Freddie Francis directed a lot of the best omnibus films that Amicus had to offer; but unfortunately, this isn't one of them. It would seem that the studio was running out of ideas after the likes of The House that Dripped Blood and The Vault of Horror, as every story in this film feels like an afterthought. The wraparound revolves around a mental home, where Doctor Tremayne is showing someone around his various patients. We then get treated to the story behind how they all got there. These films normally start off with a lacklustre tale, and this one is no different as the first features a young kid with a tiger. Nothing particularly of note for this tale, except for the fact that you'll be hoping it gets better. It does, but only slightly. The second story is completely stupid and also rather boring as we follow an antique store owner who gets a penny farthing bicycle and finds that it's a time machine and he can go back into the past, under the watchful eye of a painting of 'Uncle Albert'. Again, there's nothing particularly of note here and the way it plods out is far from interesting.

The third tale is undoubtedly the best, and is the weird story of a man who falls in love with a tree stump. Aside from the obvious fact that you simply wouldn't bring an old piece of wood into the house (even if you are in a film about madness), this story is pretty good; it's funny enough and interesting in all the right places. It's not enough to save the film in its own right, but had all the segments been as good as this one; Tales That Witness Madness would have been a decent film. The final tale is extremely tedious and succeeds only in bring a slow end to the movie. The final tale follows a weird bloke who is involved in some kind of devilish sorcery. I know I won't remember what happened for long. These films almost always conclude their wraparound stories, and Tales That Witness Madness is no exception. However, like the rest of the film; the conclusion to the wraparound feels a lot like an afterthought and doesn't succeed in bringing any intrigue to a film severely lacking in it. Overall, Tales that Witness Madness features one decent story and three limp ones, and Amicus have certainly done a lot better.

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