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Madhouse

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The career of horror icon Paul Toombes (Vincent Price) ends in scandal when his fiancée dies under mysterious circumstances. Freed from the mental hospital where he had been committed, the recovered Toombes and screenwriter Herbert Flay (Peter Cushing) intend to revive his most popular character, Dr. Death, for a television series. But the dead bodies start piling up -- all of them killed in ways that mimic the victims in Toombes' films -- and to clear his name he must find the real killer.

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Vincent Price
Paul Toombes
Peter Cushing
Herbert Flay
Robert Quarry
Oliver Quayle
Adrienne Corri
Faye Carstairs Flay
Natasha Pyne
Julia Wilson
Michael Parkinson
T.V. Interviewer
Linda Hayden
Elizabeth Peters
Barry Dennen
Gerry Blount
Ellis Dayle
Alfred Peters
Jim Clark
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  • Feb 14, 2014
    Vincent Price plays a washed-up B-movie star who may have a problem getting out of character when his celebrated alter ego, Doctor Death, apparently commits a string of murders influenced by his own back catalogue. An enjoyable, undemanding though silly horror film whose appeal chiefly rests in the all-too-rare opportunity to see Price acting opposite Peter Cushing, rarer still as the latter has a habit here of disappearing for long stretches at a time, so much so that one can only assume that he was only available to the production for a couple of days. With a cast that includes not only Cushing but also Adrienne Corri and Linda Hayden, you'd be forgiven for thinking that Hammer had a hand in the film, but it's actually a co-production of American International Pictures and Amicus, Hammer's American equivalent and its main British rival at the time. There's a lot of recycling of AIP highlights from the Sixties, allowing for second-hand screen credits for Karloff and Rathbone, so it's perhaps not surprising that an excellent editor, Jim Clark, was chosen to direct. As far as I'm aware, this was Clark's last outing as a director, after which he returned to editing. His impressive credits in that capacity include <i>The Innocents</i>, <i>Charade</i>, <i>Marathon Man</i>, <i>The Killing Fields</i>, <i>The Mission</i> and <i>Vera Drake</i>.
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  • Mar 31, 2012
    And here we are again with another Vincent Price classic. I call it as such because the film is slightly autobigoraphical in nature, but disguised as a horror film (or even a giallo, if you ask me). Madhouse doesn't necessarily take place in its namesake, but it's more about Hollywood, the pressures of performing and the murder that tags along with all of that, so actually the title is somewhat appropriate. It's been highly publicized that this film is looked down on because it features both Vincent Price and Peter Cushing in lead roles, but they have hardly any screen time together. To me it's one of the film's strengths. If it had been that way, then it would have been a very different film altogether, and the focus as an audience would be strictly on that (as it was anyway, I guess). I like that the film focuses on its story and not the politics involved in the making of it. The story itself is quite good, save for a couple of cheesy moments, but it has an underlying theme of actors under pressure, which is something that I'm sure Vincent Price and Peter Cushing could relate to quite well. I found it to be smart and fun, and certainly different from other work from both Vincent Price and Peter Cushing, and that alone is worth the time to see it. Be sure to watch out for the use of footage from earlier Vincent Price films featuring Boris Karloff and Basil Rathbone.
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  • Sep 23, 2011
    I watched this one on Netflix over the web. Not sure why everyone is so pissed about Netflix, I've been a member since they started and feel that its a fair price for 3 DVDs and Unlimited Streaming. This is from the midnite movie collection, though its not offered as the usual Double film. Another one of Vincent Prices not so special movies. Vincent has a habit of blacking out, when he comes to a murder has been committed and he's not sure if he's the killer. Not his best but a Vincent Price movie that thrilled many of Drive in Goers. 3 stars
    Bruce B Super Reviewer
  • Nov 22, 2010
    When young actresses start turning up dead, suspicion naturally focuses on horror icon Paul Toombes, who has just been released from a mental hospital and is trying to resurrect his career as his old character "Dr. Death." Vincent Price, Peter Cushing and old clips from better Price vehicles liven up this otherwise ordinary horror/mystery.
    Greg S Super Reviewer

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