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Tales That Witness Madness (1973)

R  |   |  Horror  |  31 October 1973 (USA)
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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... See full summary »

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Auriol (segment 4 "Luau")
Georgia Brown ...
Fay Patterson (segment 1 "Mr. Tiger")
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Bella Thompson (segment 3 "Mel")
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Dr. Nicholas
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Sam Patterson (segment 1 "Mr. Tiger")
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Brian (segment 3 "Mel")
Suzy Kendall ...
Ann / Beatrice (segment 2 "Penny Farthing")
Peter McEnery ...
Timothy Patrick (segment 2 "Penny Farthing")
Michael Petrovitch ...
Kimo (segment 4 "Luau")
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Prof. R.C. Tremayne
Russell Lewis ...
Paul Patterson (segment 1 "Mr. Tiger")
Leslie Nunnerley ...
Vera (segment 4 "Luau") (as Lesley Nunnerley)
Leon Lissek ...
Keoki (segment 4 "Luau")
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Ginny (segment 4 "Luau")
David Wood ...
Tutor - Phillipe (segment 1 "Mr. Tiger")
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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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A Low Point in Horror Anthologies
15 February 2010 | by (NJ, USA) – See all my reviews

Although often mistaken for an Amicus Production, (creators of most of those terrific portmanteu horror films from the 60's and 70's Tales From The Crypt, Vault Of Horror etc...), this is actually not related to that production company, however, it was directed by Hammer and Amicus stalwart, Freddie Francis. I like Francis as a director, really dig Joan Collins and love horror anthology movies in general. But it still took me 3 separate viewings to finish this one. It was just so dull.

Donald Pleasence is dry and monotonous as usual in the framing segment as he takes another doctor on a tour of the mental hospital where he works. He introduces him to four patients, each of whom has a "tale that is supposed to witness madness". These include: a young boy with constantly bickering parents who creates an imaginary playmate - a ferocious lion. A man who receives a penny farthing bicycle that is a time machine. Joan Collins and a rotting piece of tree fighting over a man. And a luau party thrown by a woman who does not realize that her own daughter is the sacrificial guest of honor.

None of the four stories were particularly interesting, the wraparound was dry and there was little to no gore (not that that is so important but at least it would have provided some entertainment). Don't go out of your way to track this one down. It's pretty bad.


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