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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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Vincent Price: The British Connection
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A Look Back At: Madhouse
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Event Report: Abertoir - Wales' International Horror Festival
 (From Dread Central. 15 November 2013, 11:25 AM, PST)

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A forgotten gem 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 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 ... 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
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 .... 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)
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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

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Trivia:
The Dr. Death movie clip played at the beginning of Madhouse is from the end of The Haunted Palace (1963). The voices have been dubbed to fit with Dr. Death.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: While watching film clips,Dr. Death's mask is up/down between shots.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Villager in Movie:Dr. Death, where are you? Let's smoke him out!
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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
A forgotten gem, 10 January 2012
Author: acidburn-10 from United Kingdom

The plot = A horror actor Paul Toombes played by (Vincent Price) whose biggest and best known role is Dr Death has decided to bow out of the profession and settle down with his new fiancé, but after a heated argument, she is attacked by someone dressed as Dr Death and murdered, Paul Toombes gets blamed and put into an insane asylum. Many years later he gets released and is persuaded to play Dr Death again, that's when the murders starts occurring again also...

I came across this rather unknown gem late one night while watching the horror channel and I must say that I rather enjoyed it. This movie stands as a fine example of the 60's and 70's features of it's time so I don't why this movie never gets mentioned or even recognised, as it's a fine form of slasher/thriller made movie with top notch acting from the likes of Vincent Price and Peter Cushing. the film is very striking, and looks very much like the other lush productions from this era.

The storyline is well crafted and keeps you interested throughout, the death scenes are also very elaborate and very violent, plus there are quite a few of them so that will keep the gore hounds happy. My only complaint is the so called shock twist ending, which wasn't really a shock at all, it was way too easy to see past the red herrings and the identity of the killer was pretty easy to figure out. But other than that this movie is on fine form.

The cast like I already said are top notch with great performances from legends such as Vincent Price and Peter Cushing who both add true layers to they're roles and are both greatly missed, as I've enjoyed watching they're horror movies growing up.

All in all "Madhouse" is an excellent horror movie which in a way ahead of it's time that oozes atmosphere and features a memorable character in Dr. Death.

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