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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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Dr. Terror
Neil McCallum ... Jim Dawson (segment "Werewolf")
Ursula Howells ... Mrs. Deirdre Biddulph (segment "Werewolf")
... Caleb (segment "Werewolf")
... Valda (segment "Werewolf")
Alan Freeman ... Bill Rogers (segment "Creeping Vine")
... Ann Rogers (segment "Creeping Vine")
... Carol Rogers (segment "Creeping Vine") (as Sarah Nicholls)
... Hopkins (segment "Creeping Vine")
... Jerry Drake (segment "Creeping Vine")
... Biff Bailey (segment "Voodoo")
Kenny Lynch ... Sammy Coin (segment "Voodoo")
Christopher Carlos ... Vrim (segment "Voodoo")
The Tubby Hayes Combo ... Biff Bailey's Band (segment "Voodoo") (as The Tubby Hayes Quintet)
... Franklyn Marsh (segment "Disembodied Hand")
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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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28 February 1965 (USA)  »

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House of Horrors  »

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£105,000 (estimated)
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(RCA Sound Recording)

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(Technicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Acker Bilk was hired to play Biff Bailey but had a heart attack and was replaced by Roy Castle. See more »

Goofs

Contrary to what is implied, in Tarotmancy the thirteenth card showing Death is generally interpreted to indicate a positive change. See more »

Quotes

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

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References The Little Shop of Horrors (1960) See more »

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Dambala
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Music by Boscoe Holder
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Pick a Card...Any Card
23 December 2001 | by See all my reviews

Peter Cushing joins five men in a railway carriage only to have each man pick one of his deadly tarot cards and have Cushing predict his future. Each man picks the same card and each then tells/hears a story about some awful thing that happens to him and leads to his death. A very well-done horror anthology here by the folks at Amicus and director Freddie Francis. Francis gives his usual workmanlike effort creating some suspenseful moments and at other times slight and tedious plodding. Each story is done in a flashback style or dreamlike sequence. One story is about some mean green...plants that take over a household and even kill when threatened. Another story deals with a tribal voodoo song and what happens when copyright is infringed. There is a story about an old house and a werewolf. The final story deals with vampires in which Donald Sutherland, unbeknownst to him has married a vampire. This story as well as the voodoo story try to be funny as well as frightening. The best story for me stars Christopher Lee as a snobby art critic who has been embarrassed by a man whose art he continually berated, finally exacting his revenge on him...a revenge that becomes bittersweet. This revenge keeps Lee with more problems than he can HAND-le. This story is particularly effective and Lee and Michael Gough give some outstanding performances. The frame story is also very good and Cushing does a wonderful job enticing his fellow travelers to find out their futures and then let them know they have all been had by Death itself. Lots of fun here!


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