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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.

Director:

Freddie Francis (as Freddy Francis)

Writer:

Milton Subotsky (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Cushing ... Dr. Terror
Neil McCallum Neil McCallum ... Jim Dawson (segment "Werewolf")
Ursula Howells 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")
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Storyline

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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Horror

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 February 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

House of Horrors See more »

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Budget:

£105,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Amicus Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

Marsh tells Dr. Terror to shuffle the cards and as He's shuffling them it fades into Marsh's story.. I've always thought Marsh's card tapping occurred off screen after the shuffling. So it isn't necessarily a goof depending on how you interpret it. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Blake: This town isn't big enough for two doctors... or two vampires.
[turns into a bat and flies away]
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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 »

Connections

References Dracula (1931) See more »

Soundtracks

Island of Happiness
(uncredited)
Written by Russ Henderson
Performed by Russ Henderson Steel Band
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Fun horror anthology marred by bad TV and video prints
26 October 2006 | by InjunNoseSee all my reviews

If you can find a copy of "Dr. Terror's House of Horrors", try to ignore its dark, fuzzy appearance (I've seen it once on videocassette and twice on television, and it looked the same way each time; the movie has not yet been made available on DVD). This is a first-rate British horror film in the old style, and if you liked "The House That Dripped Blood" and "Tales From the Crypt", you'll enjoy "...House of Horrors", too. The standout tales are 'Voodoo', which features Roy Castle as a jazz horn player who nicks a piece of sacred African music while spying on a voodoo ceremony and comes to regret it, and 'Disembodied Hand', an unpleasant story of wounded pride, foul play, and revenge that stars Christopher Lee and Michael Gough. Peter Cushing is appropriately sinister as Dr. Schreck, the German metaphysicist who predicts the futures of five unsuspecting men with his "house of horrors", a deck of Tarot cards. The soundtrack deserves a mention, too--it's subtly creepy, and the Dave Brubeck-style jazz (performed by the Tubby Hayes Quintet) in the 'Voodoo' segment is really nice as well. Hopefully someone will acquire the rights to this entertaining film, restore the print, and release it on DVD soon.


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