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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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Four frightening tales of murder, deception, and the occult.
24 September 2000 | by (cincinnati, ohio) – See all my reviews

This stylish horror anthology, made by the same guy who directed the equally effective TALES FROM THE CRYPT a year before, packs a real punch. Each of the four stories are ghoulish and chillingly memorable. The first, MR. TIGER, concerns a little boy who introduces his feuding parents to his "imaginary" tiger. The second, PENNY FARTHING, is about an old-fashioned bicycle which sends its new owner back in time to unveil a sinister crime. The third, MEL(My favorite), has the beautiful and sexy Joan Collins struggling to keep her husband's wandering eyes on her and her alone. The twist is her competition is a tree!!!!! The fourth and final segment, LUAU, is a grisly tale of murder and voodoo rites. Truthfully, the last segment, even though it's the goriest, is probably the weakest, and is notable mainly for the presence of the lovely and talented Kim Novak(VERTIGO) whose first film this was in four years. But each tale is worth viewing, and good fun!


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