From Amicus films comes the classic horror anthology film Dr Terror’s House of Horrors directed by Freddie Francis with an all-star cast including the greats, Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee.
The film starts with 6 men boarding a train and all entering the same carriage. One of the passengers is a Dr Schreck (Peter Cushing) who tells the other passengers that he can tell their future by his tarot cards which he has on him. So one by one we have five spooky tales of what will happen to each one of them.
First, an architect returns to his ancestral home to find a werewolf out for revenge; a huge flesh-eating vine takes over a house; a musician gets involved with voodoo; an art critic is pursued by a disembodied hand and a doctor discovers his new wife is a vampire. But they all end in the same result…
What makes this film such fun is the fine cast which includes Donald Sutherland, Roy Castle and Alan Freeman and also the playful way in which the stories are told. Some are just plain silly such as the killer creeping vine but others have a bit more bite such as the nasty art critic (Christopher Lee) getting his just deserts when he goes too far with one painter.
Peter Cushing is fantastic as usual as the card reader who knows the fate of all of them and the stories are short and sweet giving you enough to get the horrific elements on show. Don’t expect to see much gore, this was 1965, but overall you have a great movie from a more innocent time with a cast that brings it all to life.
The Blu-ray release from Fabulous films has a very good 1080P transfer, good colours and a nice grain structure. The audio is clear and fine original mono.
- Previously unreleased interviews with Kenny Lynch, Ann Bell and Jeremy Kemp
- House of Cards Documentary
- Gallery of Images (courtesy of Stephen Jones)
- Original Theatrical Trailer
- Double-Sided Foldout Graham Humphreys Artwork Poster
- 12-Sided Film Guide Booklet