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Torture Garden (1967)

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


Freddie Francis


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 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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Release Date:

6 September 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Technical Specs


| (2017 Mill Creek Blu-ray)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film was released in the U.S. as the top half of a double feature with Trog (1970), which was Joan Crawford's final final. Both films were directed by Freddie Francis. See more »


When Peter Cushing is pushed into the wall in the cellar, the "stone" arch shakes. See more »

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 »


Referenced in Naked Angels (1969) See more »

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"A very old-fashioned word nowadays -- evil."
2 November 2014 | by utgard14See all my reviews

I'm a big fan of the horror anthology film in general. I'm an especially big fan of the ones made by Amicus. This is the second of their portmanteau films, following Dr. Terror's House of Horrors. This isn't their best but it's still entertaining. It's written by Robert Bloch and directed by Freddie Francis. There are four stories plus the linking/wraparound story.

The first story is "Enoch," about a no-account who causes the death of his uncle while trying to extort money from him. Later he discovers the bizarre source of his uncle's wealth: a telepathic cat named Balthazar with a peculiar appetite. A weird but unique tale. The next story, "Terror Over Hollywood," is the weakest. An ambitious (and unlikable) actress discovers the secret of how movie stars stay so youthful-looking. Lame. The third story is "Mr. Steinway," about a reporter who becomes involved with a concert pianist. Too bad his piano is the jealous type! A little silly but fun. Finally, there's "The Man Who Collected Poe," which is about two Edgar Allan Poe collectors (Jack Palance, Peter Cushing) and the extremes they go to for the sake of their obsession. This is my favorite story in the film.

The linking story has a sideshow showman named Dr. Diablo (Burgess Meredith) taking five people into a back room where they get to see their future. This leads into the other stories and finishes the movie with the expected twist about Diablo that, while amusing, will surely surprise no one. The best stories are the first and the last but the linking story is fun in its way, due to Burgess Meredith's performance. As I said, this isn't one of Amicus' better horror anthologies but it isn't bad either. The segments are interesting and feel fresh, not just rehashes of older stories. It's a good time-passer.

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