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Madhouse (1974)

A horror movie star returns to his famous role after years in a mental institution. But the character seems to be committing murders independent of his will.

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Horror movie actor Paul Toombes, famous for playing "Dr. Death," suffers a nervous breakdown before going to England to do a TV series. Cast and crew members start dying the way characters did in Toombes' old movies. Written by alfiehitchie

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Trivia

During the last scene and over the closing credits, it is Vincent Price whose singing voice we hear. See more »

Goofs

The hand-held device that controls the mechanical bed has a red button on top and a green button on bottom. But later, when the killer is pressing the controls, the stop and start buttons are in opposite positions. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Villager in Movie: Dr. Death, where are you? Let's smoke him out!
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"With special participation by Boris Karloff (and) Basil Rathbone." At time of film''s release in 1974, both actors had been been dead five and seven years respectively, and their "special participation" was limited to appearance in clips from old films in which they'd appeared with Vincent Price. See more »

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Featured in Vincent Price: Working with Vincent Price (2007) See more »

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When Day Is Dawn
Performed by Vincent Price
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As if written during a lunch hour
2 September 2000 | by (Victoria, BC) – See all my reviews

There is the seed of a good campy horror movie here, and there are some genuinely humorous bits here and there. But the storyline is a mess, as if the writer was trying to cram in every element found in previously popular Price movies. At the end (which in itself contains a lot of unanswered questions), there were a lot of unexplained/unresolved stuff and characters left over. I have to wonder if there was some frantic rewriting or last minute editing during the production. There is some value of seeing both Price and Cushing here, though you should know that Cushing doesn't appear that much. I suspect that he was just hired for a few days of shooting, because from the looks of the movie, they didn't have a high budget.


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