Dr. Terrors House Of Horrors
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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.
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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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 morePublished on Dec 30 2011 by George Rolland
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 morePublished on Aug. 9 2003 by Pamela Scarangello
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 morePublished on July 21 2003 by dExtrosien
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 morePublished on Feb. 2 2001 by Kimi
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 morePublished on Dec 8 2000
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 morePublished on Sept. 13 2000 by Christopher Joyce
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 morePublished on Dec 26 1999 by Josh Hitchens
Amicus films pulled Hammer standards Cushing and Lee into doing this overall entertaining horror anthology. Read morePublished on Dec 1 1999 by Mark McKinney