Madhouse (1974)

PG  |   |  Crime, Horror, Mystery  |  November 1974 (UK)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Herbert Flay
Oliver Quayle
Faye Carstairs Flay
Natasha Pyne ...
Julia Wilson
Michael Parkinson ...
T.V. Interviewer
Linda Hayden ...
Elizabeth Peters
Gerry Blount
Ellis Dale ...
Alfred Peters
Catherine Willmer ...
Louise Peters
John Garrie ...
Inspector Harper
Ian Thompson ...
Jenny Lee Wright ...
Carol Clayton
Julie Crosthwaite ...
Ellen Mason (as Julie Crosthwait)
Peter Halliday ...


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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Did You Know?


The title has very little to do with the film. There is a brief scene in a mental institution; and we learn in some expository dialogue that the main character spent time there. Otherwise, the "madhouse" of the title is irrelevant. See more »


When the police are examining the hanged woman's body, the camera shows her face reflected in a piece of gym equipment. Her eyes clearly move as the camera tilts up. See more »


[first lines]
Villager in Movie: Dr. Death, where are you? Let's smoke him out!
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Crazy Credits

"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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Madhouse A-OK
25 April 2006 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

I thought this "diamond in the rough" was masterfully done. Vincent Price is his old self as the true the master of macabre. It is easy to see that this movie contains many characteristics found heavily in the modern day, surprise ending, slasher flick. With many exciting and suspenseful chase scenes, a wicked masked murderer, quick slashing deaths, and an emotionally disturbed main character, "Madhouse" reminds me of a sick mixture of "Scream" and Hitchcock's classic, "Psycho." In addition, the scenes and camera shots beautifully convey the mood and emotion of the awkward story line. Although obviously low budget, it baffles me that "Madhouse" isn't more recognized on the ongoing list of cult classics. Not the best movie in the world, but certainly worth checking out.

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