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Madhouse (1974)

 -  Crime | Horror | Mystery  -  March 1974 (USA)
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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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Herbert Flay
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Oliver Quayle
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Faye Carstairs Flay
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Julia Wilson
Michael Parkinson ...
T.V. Interviewer
Linda Hayden ...
Elizabeth Peters
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Gerry Blount
Ellis Dayle ...
Alfred Peters (as Ellis Dale)
Catherine Willmer ...
Louise Peters
John Garrie ...
Inspector Harper
Ian Thompson ...
Bradshaw
Jenny Lee Wright ...
Carol Clayton
Julie Crosthwaite ...
Ellen Mason (as Julie Crosthwait)
Peter Halliday ...
Psychiatrist
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Storyline

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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murder | movie star | fiance | england | actor | See more »

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Lights, Camera, Murder! See more »


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PG | See all certifications »
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Deathday  »

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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

When Paul is searching the house at night, the light of his candle is actually a spotlight, and it is does not keep very good pace with his movements. See more »

Quotes

[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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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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