Tales That Witness Madness Reviews
Here there be tigers.
"Each story is simply true."-Professor R.C. Tremayne (Donald Pleasence)
I really liked the glaringly white set and the ready-to-snap sanity of Pleasance's doctor. The wraparound story itself is very thin. Nothing as cool as Amicus Film's quite similar 1972 effort, "Asylum". The four stories that make up the creamy center of the movie are all really good, though. And they are surprisingly original.
The first is a story of a little boy with a very large imaginary friend and some very annoyingly self-centered parents. I don't think I need to explain what happens, but one thing I will point out is that there is some surprising gore here. It's nothing excessive mind you, it's just unexpected.
The second entry is a tale of an antiques dealer who acquires a penny-farthing and an old picture of "Uncle Albert". It sounds boring on the surface and doesn't necessarily make a lot of sense, but watch for the changing expressions of the picture of Uncle Albert. They are strange and creepy in their presentation.
Thirdly, Joan Collins is challenged for the affections of her boyfriend by a section of a tree that he found in the woods. Yep, you read that right.
Finally, Kim Novak's daughter is sacrificed to appease the spirit of her handsome client's dead mother. This is probably my least favorite of all of the stories but the main course served at the ritual dinner and the way it is presented is stomach-turning.
The ending of the wraparound story is supposed to be a twist but really doesn't make a lot of sense. But dammit if it doesn't make for a satisfying finish.
4 out of 5, it's campy but satisfying as all hell.