Dr. Terror's House of Horrors Reviews
First of Amicus' portmanteau horrors which became their speciality. And it's a corker!
We have five tales: Werewolf, Creeping Vine, Voodoo, Disembodied Hand, and Vampire - the titles pretty much speak for themselves, don't they?
Framing these short tales is Cushing's title character (Dr Schreck), one of his coolest ever roles. Chris Lee is fantastic as the dismissive sceptic (even though his individual story in this is (for me) one of the weaker episodes, his performance in it is superb - EXPRESSING fear in a film, rather than CAUSING it, as he usually does!)
A very weird cast: Donald Sutherland (it's not every day you see Donald Sutherland opening a can of beans in a film!), Roy Castle (also appearing with Cushing in the same year's Dr Who & The Daleks), disc-jockey Alan 'Fluff' Freeman, Kenny Lynch and the great Michael Gough; but they are all superb (even Castle doesn't annoy (too much) here).
Sure, some tales are less effective than others, but this just works great as a whole, for me. One of Amicus' finest, if not THE finest.
Not to be mistaken for the Amicus: House That Dripped Blood, in this case the ?house? is Cushing?s deck of Tarot cards, from which he gives readings to a motley collection of stereotypes sharing a train carriage.
Alan (Fluff) Freeman fights killer Moss, whilst Roy Castle angers the Spirit of Haitian Jazz, (surely the inspiration for the Boosh episode), whilst even Donald Sutherland?s tale is slightly comedic.
Only Christopher Lee?s tale has any creep factor, but the framing device works well enough and its good cheesy fun
It's like Hammer but better. Roy Castle steals a voodoo beat for his Jazz band and unleashes a demon with his trumpet. Fluff Freeman is trapped in a house by some intelligent belligerent twigs.
And other highlights to numerous to mention!
I love Tigon films; horror films made by hucksters, cooked up in Soho drinking dens and peopled by actors paying the rent. more gore, more sex, more daftness.
It's so good, it doesn't even take place in a house. Doctor Terror's Train of Horrors didn't sound so exciting I presume.