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Torture Garden (1967)

Not Rated | | Fantasy, Horror | 6 September 1968 (USA)
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An anthology of four short horror stories about people who visit Dr. Diabolo's fairground haunted-house attraction show.

Director:

Freddie Francis

Writer:

Robert Bloch
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Palance ... Ronald Wyatt (segment 4 "The Man Who Collected Poe")
Burgess Meredith ... Dr. Diabolo (Framework Story)
Beverly Adams ... Carla Hayes (segment 2 "Terror Over Hollywood")
Peter Cushing ... Lancelot Canning (segment 4 "The Man Who Collected Poe")
Michael Bryant ... Colin Williams (segment 1 "Enoch")
John Standing ... Leo Winston (segment 3 "Mr. Steinway")
Robert Hutton ... Bruce Benton (segment 2 "Terror Over Hollywood")
John Phillips ... Eddie Storm (segment 2 "Terror Over Hollywood")
Michael Ripper ... Gordon Roberts (Framework Story)
Bernard Kay ... Dr. Heim (segment 2 "Terror Over Hollywood")
Catherine Finn ... Nurse Parker (segment 1 "Enoch")
Maurice Denham ... Uncle Roger (segment 1 "Enoch")
Ursula Howells ... Miss Maxine Chambers (segment 3 "Mr. Steinway")
David Bauer ... Mike Charles (segment 2 "Terror Over Hollywood")
Niall MacGinnis ... Dr. Silversmith (segment 1 "Enoch")
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A special sideshow torture exhibit has the power, according to showman Dr. Diabolo (Burgess Meredith), to warn people of evil in their futures. One by one, skeptical customers stand before the Fate Atropos to be shown the greed and violence they're hiding behind their respectable façades. Written by alfiehitchie

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Do You Dare See the 100 Horrors of Dr. Diablo? Enter his "Torture Garden" and the screen's most astounding journey into the unknown! See the amazing "hundred horrors" that are nothing ever seen before! See more »

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Fantasy | Horror

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Trivia

When this movie was shown in 1967, one of the promos was a pack of torture garden seeds given to patrons as they entered the theater. The seeds were actually grass seeds. See more »

Goofs

Although Doctor Diabolo charges his customers five pounds to enter the Torture Garden, and the framing story ostensibly takes place in the United Kingdom, the banknotes seen on screen are clearly US currency. See more »

Quotes

Lancelot Canning (segment 4 "The Man Who Collected Poe"): Did you know that there are ways to raise the dead?
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Alternate Versions

The region 1 DVD from Columbia is 100 minutes long, 7 minutes longer than the previous VHS release. The additional footage consists of more scenes of Dr. Diablo introducing devices of torture, a longer electric chair scene, and more footage in the "Terror Over Hollywood" sequence. See more »

Connections

Followed by The Vault of Horror (1973) See more »

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OK horror anthology
6 July 2007 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

Dr. Diablo (Burgess Meredith) runs a circus carnival sideshow called Torture Garden. In there he offers to tell four people their futures which we then see played out. Story 1 has a man (Michael Bryant) letting his uncle die to search for the money he thinks the old man has hidden. Instead he finds a lethal cat. Story 2 has starlet Carla Hayes (Beverly Adams) discovering why stars stay looking so young. Story 3 has a woman fall in love with a world famous pianist--until his piano gets jealous (don't ask). Story 4 has Jack Palance playing an Edgar Allan Poe fanatic who plans to rob a Poe collector (Peter Cushing) but finds more than he bargained for.

OK--story 1 and 4 are easily the best. Story 2 is pretty stupid and story 3 is just ridiculous--the good acting keeps it from completely falling apart. The acting, with the sole exception of Adams, is very good--Bryant is excellent and Meredith and Palance chew the scenery. Adams is a very beautiful woman--but no actress. Also, for some reason, story 1 has an excellent music score which is completely missing from the rest of the film. There's very little blood or violence here and the "twist" ending comes as no surprise. A real mixed bag here--this isn't as good as "The House That Dripped Blood" or "Dr. Terror's House of Horrors" but worth a look for horror fans. Robert Bloch wrote all four stories too.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 September 1968 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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