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Director:
Writers:
Angus Hall (novel)
Ken Levison (screenplay)
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Release Date:
March 1974 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Lights, Camera, Murder! See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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(19 articles)
Vincent Price: The British Connection
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Event Report: Abertoir - Wales' International Horror Festival
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User Reviews:
It was quite mad! See more (46 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Vincent Price ... Paul Toombes

Peter Cushing ... Herbert Flay

Robert Quarry ... Oliver Quayle

Adrienne Corri ... Faye Carstairs Flay
Natasha Pyne ... Julia Wilson
Michael Parkinson ... T.V. Interviewer
Linda Hayden ... Elizabeth Peters

Barry Dennen ... 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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Boris Karloff ... Clip from 'The Raven' (archive footage)

Basil Rathbone ... Clip from 'Tales of Terror' (archive footage)
George Blackler ... George the Make-Up Artist (uncredited)
Robert Cawdron ... CID Inspector (uncredited)
Michael Craze ... Reporter (uncredited)
Earl Rhodes ... Boy Fishing (uncredited)
Pam Rose ... Pretty blonde (uncredited)
Christopher Sandford ... Reporter (uncredited)

Directed by
Jim Clark 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Angus Hall  novel "Devilday"
Ken Levison  screenplay
Greg Morrison  screenplay
Robert Quarry  dialogue and text (uncredited)

Produced by
Samuel Z. Arkoff .... executive producer
John Dark .... associate producer
Max Rosenberg .... producer (as Max J. Rosenberg)
Milton Subotsky .... producer
 
Original Music by
Douglas Gamley 
 
Cinematography by
Ray Parslow 
 
Film Editing by
Clive Smith 
 
Casting by
Rose Tobias Shaw 
 
Art Direction by
Tony Curtis 
 
Makeup Department
George Blackler .... chief makeup artist
Helen Lennox .... chief hairdresser
 
Production Management
Pat Green .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael Green .... third assistant director
Allan James .... first assistant director
Nigel Wooll .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
John Siddall .... assistant art director
Bill Waldron .... construction manager
Keith Wilson .... set dresser
 
Sound Department
Danny Daniel .... sound recordist
Peter Horrocks .... sound editor
Gerry Humphreys .... sound recordist
 
Special Effects by
Norman Kerss .... special effects (as Kerss & Spencer)
Roy Spencer .... special effects (as Kerss & Spencer)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ken Coles .... camera operator
Ian Smith .... clapper loader
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Dulcie Midwinter .... costumes
Dulcie Midwinter .... wardrobe mistress
 
Music Department
Gordon Clyde .... song written and performed by
Douglas Gamley .... conductor
Kendall Schmidt .... composer: new end title music (VHS release ) (1997)
 
Other crew
Samuel Z. Arkoff .... presenter
Roger Corman .... director: archive footage
Lorna Selwyn .... continuity
David Sheldon .... production executive
 

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Runtime:
92 min | USA:89 min
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Color:
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Finland:K-16 (1989) | Finland:(Banned) (1976) | Iceland:16 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:18 (video rating) | USA:PG (certificate #23751) | West Germany:16

Did You Know?

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:
Continuity: 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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Movie Connections:
Features House of Usher (1960)See more »

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15 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
It was quite mad!, 14 September 2002
Author: The Yeti from Mt Everest

This was made around the same time as 'Vault of horror' and it shows. Vincent Price is an ageing movie star who is asked to reprise his role as a killer a few years after his wife-to-be was decapitated by a killer nobody caught. The movie within a movie is just footage obtained from Prices earlier horror flicks like 'Pit and the pendulum' and 'The house of Usher'. The movie itself has good performances from Price and Peter Cushing and the music is great! The music sets an atmosphere for good horror especially in a part where a girl is looking for Vincent Price in Peter Cushings garden. The part where Vincent Price is interviewed by Michael Parkinson adds some class to the movie and also some terror as the killer is stalking someone in the studio! Overall, the movie has a good atmosphere helped by Douglas Gamleys music and decent acting. The movie is tense with the old dark house style 'looking downstairs with a candle' and some good deaths. The only problems are with the story as this just looks like a tribute to Prices earlier movies than something original and the 70's rock music in one of the death scenes. It gives the movies age away and isn't as timeless as Prices earlier movies. If your a Price and Cushing fan you will like it but for a normal person, its a scary but dim treat. 5 and a half out of 10.

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