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Dr. Terrors House of Horrors

Christopher Lee , Peter Cushing , Freddie Francis    VHS Tape
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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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3.0 out of 5 stars A 'classic' B movie June 16 2000
Format:VHS Tape
Although this particular film is a long time favorite of mine, it's not because the acting or production is all that great. The movie will have to remain in the realm of "B Horror flicks" insofar as its content goes.
However, it definately is enjoyable to watch. You won't find yourself cringing in the corner out of fear while you view this -- and quite often you migh snicker at some of the scenes and effects. But the basic premise and story line is a good one. It captures the imagination to see five unrelated people traveling by train (in England) joined by a sixth (Dr. Schreck, who's name tranlates into Dr. Terror) who predicts his travelling companion's "supernatural" futures with a pack of tarot cards (his house of horrors). I don't think I've ever seen this particular story line used anywhere else to set up an anthology. The ending scenes of the movie are quite a surprise, giving the film a twist comparable to episodes of the Twilight Zone.
One error in the title listing above I saw was the date. This film is not the 1934 version (was there a 1934 version?), but was the 1965 release. Don't be put off from buying this by the date mentioned.
All in all, a good film to have in your collection if you enjoy 'B' thrillers and 'bloodless' horror movies. It's definately watched for fun, not any outstanding performances or cinematography.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dr Terror's House of Horrors June 16 2000
Format:VHS Tape
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. The first story describes how a man meets a demon and is later killed by the demon's vampire wife in a remote Scottish house. The second story describes musician Roy Castle stealing voodoo music tunes, while in the Caribbean, and is later followed by voodoo men back to London. The third story describes how a scientist and his family are trapped in their own home by plants which have already killed a fellow scientist and his daughter's dog. The fourth story describes art critic Christopher Lee driving over artist Michael Gough so that he loses his hand. After Gough commits suicide because of his hand's useless, the hand follows Lee, forcing him to car crash and become blind. The last story describes how Donald Sutherland is persuaded to kill his vampire wife by a fellow doctor (and secret vampire). Afterwards, Cushing vanishes after telling the last, and the train stops letting all 5 men out and they read a newspaper report detailing their deaths. They find Cushing as Death waiting for them at the platform and follow him. This is the first of 6 Amicus films consisting of short stories. The other films are Tales From The Crypt, The House That Dripped Blood, The Vault of Horror, From Beyond The Grave, and Asylum.
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Please Remaster This Classic
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. Read more
Published on Dec 30 2011 by George Rolland
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, if I do have to say so myself.
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. Read more
Published on Aug. 9 2003 by Pamela Scarangello
4.0 out of 5 stars Found Again, movie from my youth
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... Read more
Published on July 21 2003 by dExtrosien
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
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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