Dr. Terror's House of Horrors (1965)
Five strangers board a train and are joined by a mysterious fortune teller who offers to read their Tarot cards... (imdb)
Cast and Information
Directed By: Freddie Francis
Written By: Milton Subotsky
AKA: The Blood Suckers
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Dr. Terror's House of Horrors belongs to 21 collections
1. Psychotronic Film and Video Guides (collaborative: moderated by Gregzilla - 40 stars)
2. Edgar Wright 1000 Favorite Movies (Aug 2016) (collaborative: moderated by Aron Ericson - 17 stars)
3. Fourth wall (collaborative: moderated by djross - 16 stars)
4. Films available in HD (collaborative: moderated by kubricksucks - 13 stars)
5. Portmanteau or Anthology (collaborative: moderated by djross - 10 stars)
6. Horror anthologies (collaborative: moderated by Alien3 - 8 stars)
7. Available on YouTube (collaborative: moderated by utube-cinema - 5 stars)
8. Horror comedies (collaborative - 4 stars)
9. Capsules, guest reviews, list candidates... (366weirdmovies) (collaborative: moderated by sesito71 - 4 stars)
10. UK Horror (collaborative: moderated by bizarre_eye - 3 stars)
11. Eco-terror (collaborative: moderated by mattburgess - 3 stars)
12. A History of Horror with Mark Gatiss (public: kylie - 3 stars)
13. Amicus (collaborative - 2 stars)
14. Trains (collaborative - 2 stars)
15. the occult (collaborative: moderated by wavymouth - 1 star)
16. The Overlook Film Encyclopedia: Horror 1960s (collaborative: moderated by RoyalB - 1 star)
17. British director (collaborative: moderated by iconogassed - 1 star)
18. Owned (BD) (public: bizarre_eye)
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being stuck in a train car with Donald Sutherland, Peter Cushing as a spooky gypsy, and Christopher Lee as a fussy art critic and magic skeptic would be a slice of heaven for me so anytime the movie leaves them I'm a bit disappointed. lacks terror. plant segments dumb;broke down when a character is menaced by off-screen crew member poking him with a leafy stick. . Sutherland and of course Lee really shine in each of their turns.
Decent horror anthology from the reliable Amicus stable, bolstered by a strong cast; a young Donald Sutherland looks like he's from a different planet next to the Brit stalwarts. I remember Roy Castle from Record Breakers back in the day; he should've been in more films. The stories aren't brilliant (the final one is probably the highlight), but they're executed with enough talent and enthusiasm to make this worth a look.
60's horror anthologies have such charm that it's impossible to dislike any of them. Especially when they've got a cast like this one!
If I were 13, I'd probably give this a 100 but there've been so many stories since then. As a Hammer fan it's always nice to watch Cushing & Lee (despite Cushing's awful eyebrow makeup), but not only are these tales predictable, but except for the first & last, they don't even have a twist. The plant kills; Damballah shows he's not to be trifled with; & the evil art critic gets his comeuppance, the end. Am I being too harsh when Serling regularly pulled off way better shorts before this?
Brit horror titans Cushing and Lee are in top form in Francis's fun fright anthology. Sutherland puts in one of his earliest screen appearances as a doctor.
Vividly shot and lots of great acting (Sutherland, Lee, Cushing), but it felt made for television.
|Average Percentile 46.38% from 133 Ratings|