Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors (1965 Amicus Productions Film)
Filmed using the cinematic process known as Techniscope,Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors is a 1965 British horror film from Amicus Productions. Directed by veteran horror director Freddie Francis and written by Milton Subotsky.T he film stars legendary duo Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee.
This was the first attempt by Amicus Productions to produce a series of anthology films. Dr. Terror’s House of Horror’s was followed by Torture Garden (1967), The House That Dripped Blood (1970), Asylum (1972), Tales from the Crypt (1972), The Vault of Horror (1973) and From Beyond the Grave (1974). All of which films I enjoy greatly if you’re looking for good anthology horrors. The Asylum being my personal favorite of the bunch.
Five men enter a train carriage in London bound for Bradley, and are joined by a sixth, the mysterious Doctor Schreck played by Peter Cushing (SQUEEL). Incidentally his last name is the German word for “terror” hence the title of the film. During the train ride he pulls out a back to Tarot cards which he refers to his “House of Horrors”. Eh, see! Title came together! He convinces the men in his train carriage to allow him to reveal their destinies which brings together the anthology of this fantastic film.
Produced by Milton Subotsky, who worked on the classic film Dead of the Night and the NBC radio drama Lights Out. This was another attempt to repeat those successes.
Like Die, Monster, Die! Our previous feature, it was shot in Shepeprton Studios in 1964 with a $117,000. Which was pretty big budget back then compared to the over hyped block busters we have today. Originally designed to be a television series it failed to pick up traction with production companies. Milton Subotsky changed it into a movie and without regret. He believed it to be “the greatest horror film ever.” He used the blueprint from his television scripts to create Dr. Terror and the rest of the Amicus anthology films. Dr. Terror was released in February of 1965.
The anthology has five stories. Werewolf, The Creeping Vine, Voodoo, Disembodied Hand which has Christopher Lee, Vampire which has Donald Sutherland.
Fun fact: Donald Sutherland was paid a mere ₤1,000 for his part as Dr. Bob Carroll in the last story of Dr. Terror. Wonder what he pulls now a days!
Now sit back for our October 1st feature to kick off the Halloween season. The warm up is over! Time to hit you with truly legendary horror and terror. Take out your Tarrot deck, grab five friends, and enjoy a pizza and a soda while Dr. Terror does what he does best!
DOH! The YouTube Gremlins have stuck. Don’t worry this was anticipated. Instead of Dr. Terrible’s House of Horror’s we will be instead showing the equally awesome feature of Circus of Horrors from 1960!
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