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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Final film Price made for AIP after a collaboration that began 14 years earlier with "House of Usher." See more »


Julia's dead body is breathing heavily after Paul Toombes discovers her. 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 »


Referenced in Halloween II (2009) 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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