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Madhouse (1974)

PG | | Crime, Horror, Mystery | 24 May 1974 (USA)
A horror movie star returns to his famous role after years in a mental institution. But the character seems to be committing murders independent of his will.

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Jim Clark

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Angus Hall (novel), Ken Levison (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Vincent Price ... Paul Toombes
Peter Cushing ... Herbert Flay
Robert Quarry ... Oliver Quayle
Adrienne Corri ... Faye Carstairs Flay
Natasha Pyne Natasha Pyne ... Julia Wilson
Michael Parkinson ... T.V. Interviewer
Linda Hayden ... Elizabeth Peters
Barry Dennen ... Gerry Blount
Ellis Dale Ellis Dale ... Alfred Peters
Catherine Willmer Catherine Willmer ... Louise Peters
John Garrie ... Inspector Harper
Ian Thompson Ian Thompson ... Bradshaw
Jenny Lee Wright Jenny Lee Wright ... Carol Clayton
Julie Crosthwaite ... Ellen Mason (as Julie Crosthwait)
Peter Halliday ... Psychiatrist
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Storyline

Horror movie actor Paul Toombes, famous for playing "Dr. Death," suffers a nervous breakdown before going to England to do a TV series. Cast and crew members start dying the way characters did in Toombes' old movies. Written by alfiehitchie

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Language:

English

Release Date:

24 May 1974 (USA) See more »

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Deathday See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Paul Toomes is introduced to his new leading lady Carol Clayton for the first time as the scene is about to be shot and is surprised because he says that he does,t have a leading lady however he seems to know that he has dialogue for the scene with her , well if he did not know that the character existed then who did he think the dialogue was for, dialogue in films are scripted and not made up as the scene goes on. See more »

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[first lines]
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A Film That Does Not Get the Credit It Deserves
22 February 2011 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

A horror movie star (Vincent Price) returns to his famous role after years in a mental institution. But the character seems to be committing murders independent of his will.

This is a great cast! Vincent Price as horror star Paul Toombes, Peter Cushing as his friend Herbert Flay. And even throw in Robert Quarry as Oliver Quayle. Cushing and Price alone sell a film, but Quarry (known to horror fans as Count Yorba) is a welcome addition.

This is probably the sexiest Price film. While he has had his share of female co-stars, and some of them even sort of foxy (see the Phibes films), here is the first time I know of where women are practically throwing themselves at him. Sure, he is past 60 at this point, but still a handsome man in his own right.

I also have to give credit to whoever joined Amicus and AIP together. AIP has consistently made Price a star in their films, and Amicus is a powerhouse in Britain (second only to Hammer). By combining them, that was a work of genius (and I presume why we see Cushing and Price share a screen).

Some critics have bashed the film saying "it could have been written during a lunch break", but I think it is a very touching homage to Price's career in horror, particularly with the showing of some of his past work. Howard Maxford hesitantly approves, saying it has "a fairly successful mixture of chills and humour." I concur.

There are, of course, other Price films to see first. But do not rule this one out -- it is better than some of his other work (I thought it easily topped "Cry of the Banshee") and a real treat to see him alongside Cushing. For as little exposure as this one gets, it is much better than you might think (though, the most overlooked Price film is still probably "Mad Magician").


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