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Dr. Terror's House of Horrors (1965)

Unrated | | Horror | 28 February 1965 (USA)
Aboard a British train, mysterious fortune teller Dr. Schreck uses tarot cards to read the futures of five fellow passengers.


Freddie Francis (as Freddy Francis)


Milton Subotsky (screenplay)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Cushing ... Dr. Terror
Neil McCallum Neil McCallum ... Jim Dawson (segment "Werewolf")
Ursula Howells ... Mrs. Deirdre Biddulph (segment "Werewolf")
Peter Madden ... Caleb (segment "Werewolf")
Katy Wild ... Valda (segment "Werewolf")
Alan Freeman Alan Freeman ... Bill Rogers (segment "Creeping Vine")
Ann Bell ... Ann Rogers (segment "Creeping Vine")
Phoebe Nicholls ... Carol Rogers (segment "Creeping Vine") (as Sarah Nicholls)
Bernard Lee ... Hopkins (segment "Creeping Vine")
Jeremy Kemp ... Jerry Drake (segment "Creeping Vine")
Roy Castle ... Biff Bailey (segment "Voodoo")
Kenny Lynch Kenny Lynch ... Sammy Coin (segment "Voodoo")
Christopher Carlos Christopher Carlos ... Vrim (segment "Voodoo")
The Tubby Hayes Combo The Tubby Hayes Combo ... Biff Bailey's Band (segment "Voodoo") (as The Tubby Hayes Quintet)
Christopher Lee ... Franklyn Marsh (segment "Disembodied Hand")


Five strangers board a train and are joined by a mysterious fortune teller who offers to read their Tarot cards. Five separate stories unfold: An architect returns to his ancestral home to find a werewolf out for revenge; a doctor suspects his new wife is a vampire; an intelligent vine takes over a house; a jazz musician plagiarizes music from a voodoo ceremony; a pompous art critic is pursued by a disembodied hand. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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Acclaimed as "THE FEAR OF THE YEAR"




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Did You Know?


The first of the "portmanteau" horror movies to be made by "Amicus Productions." According to co-producer Milton Subotsky, he was inspired to write a multi-story horror movie by his admiration for "Dead of Night (1945)," which used a similar format. See more »


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Dawson: Schreck? That's a German word isn't it? Means fear or horror.
Dr. Schreck: A more exact translation would be terror. An unfortunate misnomer for I am the mildest of men.
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Crazy Credits

On some American prints the MPAA seal appears on the Paramount logo. See more »

Alternate Versions

The UK Anchor Bay DVD 2003 release presents the film under its German title "Die Todeskarten des Dr Schreck" with font in white on red background although the movie itself has a full English soundtrack. Owing to the unavailability of a better print, the final few seconds (a long shot where Schreck turns and the others follow) are missing and the closing credits are sourced from a VHS print. The UK Odeon Entertainment DVD 2010 release presents the film with its original UK titles and UK title "Dr. Terror's House Of Horrors" with font in red on dark background, having been restored by BBC Studios and Post Production. The closing credits are the same being sourced from a VHS print. See more »


Followed by The Psychopath (1966) See more »


Island of Happiness
Written by Russ Henderson
Performed by Russ Henderson Steel Band
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Dr. Cushing's Train Of Spooky Fun
6 February 2008 | by Witchfinder-General-666See all my reviews

"Dr. Terror's House Of Horrors" of 1965 is a cheesy but highly entertaining horror anthology. This film is particularly interesting as it is the the first in a row of Horror anthologies from the Amicus company, which continued to produce Anthologies such as "The House That Dripped Blood" of 1971. What also makes this highly recommendable is the cast, as it features Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, and young Donald Sutherland in an early role. Peter Cushing stars as the mysterious Dr. Schreck, a fortune teller, who offers the five other men in his train cabin to tell their future from his tarot cards. Each man's future is one part of the anthology, which, among other things, features voodoo, a vampire and a werewolf. The stories are, of course, quite brief, with five stories in only 95 minutes there is simply no place for a lot of depth. Even the stories are brief, and partly very cheesy, however, every single story entertains highly. Peter Cushing is excellent and eerie as usual as Dr. Schreck, and fellow horror icon Christopher Lee is equally great as one of the passengers in the train, an arrogant art-critic. It is also a lot of fun to watch Donald Sutherland in this early role. Sutherland sure is a great actor, and he already was back then. Although "Dr. Terror's House Of Horrors" is cheesy, and certainly no masterpiece, this is highly recommended to all the fans of traditional and British Horror out there! Definitely no shocker, but spooky fun that Classic Horror lovers should enjoy immensely. 7/10

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Release Date:

28 February 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

House of Horrors See more »


Box Office


GBP105,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Amicus Productions See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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