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Madhouse -- After suffering a nervous breakdown, a washed-up horror-film actor agrees to do a TV-series based on his old screen creation, the monstrous "Dr. Death."  Soon the cast and crew of the series begin dying in mysterious ways.


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Angus Hall (novel)
Ken Levison (screenplay)
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Release Date:
November 1974 (UK) See more »
Lights, Camera, Murder! See more »
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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  (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 Dale ... Alfred Peters
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 ... Carmichael (segment "The Case of M. Valdemar") (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
Ray Quintana .... commentary re-recordist (uncredited)
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 .... 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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92 min | USA:89 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
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?

Peter Cushing dresses as Dracula, an in-joke reference: he frequently played Van Helsing in Hammer's Dracula series.See more »
Revealing mistakes: 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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Movie Connections:
Features The Haunted Palace (1963)See more »
When Day Is DawnSee more »


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20 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
As if written during a lunch hour, 2 September 2000
Author: Wizard-8 from Victoria, BC

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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