Tales That Witness Madness (1973)





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Essentially a reworking of their earlier omnibus Asylum, this is another anthology of pulp horror tales from Amicus, this one helmed by the ever-reliable Freddie Francis. It features a quartet of eerie vignettes involving four patients in the care of psychiatrist Dr. Tremayne (Donald Pleasence), who is attempting to justify his strange theories to a colleague (Jack Hawkins, who died shortly after his scenes were filmed) by explaining the horrific events that drove the patients to their current state. The first tale centers on a young boy (Russell Lewis), whose parents' constant squabbling prompts him to conjure an imaginary tiger to devour them. The second involves a Victorian-era bicycle which allows its finder (Peter McEnery) to travel back in time and live as his own ancestor. The goofy third chapter pits a jealous wife (Joan Collins) against a strange rival for her husband's attention: a tree possessed by a human soul. The final segment stars Kim Novak (a last-minute replacement for Rita Hayworth) as a literary agent who must sacrifice her own daughter (Mary Tamm) to appease the restless spirit of her client's mother. Although certainly not the studio's best effort, this is still an amusing diversion, featuring the standard twist ending and a flamboyant approach suggestive of EC horror comics. ~ Cavett Binion, Rovi
Classics , Comedy , Horror
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Neil Kennedy
as [Penny Farthing]
Georgia Brown
as Fay Patterson [Mr. Tiger]
Donald Houston
as Sam Patterson [Mr. Tiger]
Jack Hawkins
as Nicholas
David Wood
as Tutor
Suzy Kendall
as Ann/Beatrice
Peter McEnery
as Timothy
Beth Morris
as Polly
Frank Forsyth
as Uncle Albert
Kim Novak
as Auriol
Mary Tamm
as Ginny
Leon Lissek
as Keoki
Zohra Segal
as Malia
Donald Pleasence
as Dr. Tremayne
Richard Connaught
as Moving Man
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Critic Reviews for Tales That Witness Madness

All Critics (2)

It's all very unsatisfying, and baffling to think that this was a big enough project to attract Ms. Novak.

Full Review… | July 1, 2012
Combustible Celluloid

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August 12, 2005

Audience Reviews for Tales That Witness Madness

A series of short stories that are connected only by their dependence on our imagination - not anyone's sanity.

Christopher Bergan
Christopher Bergan

While not an Amicus film, Tales that Witness Madness feels like the Amicus portmanteau or omnibus films of the era; however, it is way better than most of them. Amicus and Hammer veteran Freddie Francis helms this anthology horror film that succeeds because it has genuinely weird (if not really scary) stories. Featuring Donald Pleasance, Joan Collins, and Kim Novak, Tales that Witness Madness stands out as one of the better British omnibus horror films of the seventies.

Al Miller
Al Miller

Is this where Calvin and Hobbs came from??? Fun anthology that borrows heavily from Hammer horrors Asylum(72). Its dated but thats part of its charm. Streaming on Netflix.

Gene Broadway
Gene Broadway

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