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Dr. Terrors House of Horrors

Christopher Lee , Peter Cushing , Freddie Francis    Unrated   VHS Tape
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5.0 out of 5 stars Please Remaster This Classic Dec 30 2011
Format:VHS Tape
This film is one of the best horror movies from Amicus studios. It stars the fantastic Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee. All the stories are very well written and well acted. Can we please get this classic remastered and on to DVD. I do not understand why it hasn't happened by now. Every other Amicus film is on DVD except this one. The quality of the tranfer on this VHS tape is terrible. Do this great film justice and remaster it now for DVD! Movie-5 stars VHS-1 star
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, if I do have to say so myself. Aug. 9 2003
Format:VHS Tape
Upon first reading the title, one might assume that this 1965 horror anthology was simply another cheap haunted house cookie cutter flick. However, when I actually viewed "Dr. Terror's House of Horrors," I realized that this movie (although not the BEST one conceived, in my opinion) was something that really DID hold my interest. Basically, the concept is this: the entire film takes place inside a train, where 5 gentleman (who have never seen each other before) sit together and wait to reach an unnamed destination. During the trip, these 5 passengers each have their futures foretold by a 6th individual; he turns out to be the mysterious, eccentric Doctor Sandor Shreck (Peter Cushing) who relies on a deck of Tarot cards to investigate the supernatural effects of fear and terror. The Doctor instructs each reluctant participant to tap the deck 3 times; afterwards the first 4 images confirm the listener's destiny, while an extra 5th card explains exactly how to avoid it. Then the fun really begins as each passenger's story is unveiled: Jim Dawson (Neil McCallum), a hard-working architect, is asked to renovate a widow's mansion, where later on he discovers an ancient Werewolf's coffin hidden in the basement. Bob Carroll (Donald Sutherland), a happily married man, is terrorized by a clinging vine creeping on the side of the house; an intelligent plant that becomes increasing maniacal against humankind. Biff Bailey (Roy Castle) is an ambitious jazz performer who steals the rhythms of an ancient voodoo ritual in an effort to compose a hit song; unwilling to take the West Indies culture seriously, Bailey learns the hard way why one must never pilfer music from an ancient, jealous god. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars Found Again, movie from my youth July 21 2003
Format:VHS Tape
I remember being a child that did not like horror movies. My friend tried to make me watch Freddy and Jason when I was little and I had to hide in the bathroom and had nightmares for weeks. Well, I remember flipping channels and seeing a movie that was divided up into stories. It was a little too scary for me then, but I remembered it. Then a few more times over the years I came across this movie again and watched it. I now relate it to another Peter Cushing movie, The original Tales From the Crypt. They take a group of people and tell stories about all of them separately and shows how it affects the group pretty much. It is very campy, but if you enjoy older horror movies and want some fun on a Saturday this is a good movie for it. Definitely worth a chance. Keep the faith, dExtrosien
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pick a Card! Any Card! July 7 2003
Format:VHS Tape
I first saw this film when I was five years old. It scared the begeezes out of me then and stuck with me my entire life. Seeing it again 35 years later was quite a treat. While it no longer frightened me - lovers of schlock and modern special effects should steer clear of this one - I did find it morbidly entertaining. The film has a strong cast, headed by the dynamic horror duo - Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing. A young Donald Sutherland also has a role. While I think all of the stories are good, some stand well above the others. The Werewolf story was exquisitely done, as was the Creeping Hand story. And the Vampire story has a great twist at the end, while the Voodoo story seemed to me the weakest. I would definitely recomend this film to anyone who enjoys slightly campy, 60s era horror films a la Hammer and Arkoff.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Impossible to dislike Sept. 14 2001
Format:VHS Tape
Freddie Francis's DR TERRORS HOUSE OF HORRORS is an unbelieveable good movie, with tons of good acting, fun creepy sets and a very cool ending.
Five Strangers meet on a Train, soon Peter Cushing ( Dr. Terror ) joins them and tells them their "supernatural-fate" via Tarot. Five Stories, each touching another Horror Genre and all a quite good. You want Werwolves ( if you watch that story for the second time the Line "I needed some time to get over..." becomes pretty funny ), Killer Plants, Voodoo, Creeping Hands and Vampires all in one movie? This one's got it all, and let's not forget the Warparound story that is pretty good as well.
Christopher Lee is great as the snotty art-professor and Cushing has also a strong presence. The Other actors are good as well, the killer plant story features the Guy who played "M" in the James Bond movies. That's the only story that is kind of a let down, I'm not even sure what the ending means. My favorite has to be the Werwolf Piece, the ending will leave your mouth wide open. I love those It's-not-what-it-seems-to-be-it's-way-worse endings which is also present in the Vampire Piece. Lee's Story is fun stuff as well, note the great ending. The other Two ( Voodoo & Plant ) are rather averge but the Voodoo stuff is nice and creepy while the Killer Plant comes across as rather light.
All in all, don't pass this one. I wouldn't say that it's a classic, I wouldn't even recommend this to anybody that has no fun in watching old horror movies but if you have, this movie was made for you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What Fate Awaits You......?
Dr. Terror's House of Horrors is a wild ride of murder, mayhem and eeriness. With an all-star cast that includes, Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Neil McCallum and Donald... Read more
Published on Feb. 2 2001 by Kimi
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
This is a thoroughly entertaining piece of tripe, where a stalwart cast handle an intriguing set of episodes encased in a clever framework story. Read more
Published on Dec 8 2000
4.0 out of 5 stars Dr.Terror's House of Horrors
Amicus made several horror films,this being one of the better. Several men on a commuter train meet the mysterious Dr.Shrek (Peter Cushing). Read more
Published on Sept. 13 2000 by Christopher Joyce
3.0 out of 5 stars A 'classic' B movie
Although this particular film is a long time favorite of mine, it's not because the acting or production is all that great. Read more
Published on June 16 2000 by Paul J. Moade
5.0 out of 5 stars Dr Terror's House of Horrors
This film is about 5 men who are told stories by a fortune teller, Peter Cushing. All 6 men are travelling in the same train carriage as Cushing. Read more
Published on June 16 2000 by Muhammed Minhaz-ul Islam
5.0 out of 5 stars Old Horror Movie Fun
This movie's premise is engaging. Five men find themselves together in a train car with the mysterious Dr. Terror telling their fortunes on Tarot cards. Read more
Published on Dec 26 1999 by Josh Hitchens
3.0 out of 5 stars Strong horror anthology
Amicus films pulled Hammer standards Cushing and Lee into doing this overall entertaining horror anthology. Read more
Published on Dec 1 1999 by Mark McKinney
3.0 out of 5 stars Strong horror anthology
Amicus films pulled Hammer standards Cushing and Lee into doing this overall entertaining horror anthology. Read more
Published on Dec 1 1999 by Mark McKinney
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