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Dr. Terror's House of Horrors (1965)

Unrated | | Horror | 28 February 1965 (USA)
Aboard a British train, mysterious fortune teller Dr. Schreck uses tarot cards to read the futures of five fellow passengers.

Director:

Freddie Francis (as Freddy Francis)

Writer:

Milton Subotsky (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Cushing ... Dr. Terror
Neil McCallum Neil McCallum ... Jim Dawson (segment "Werewolf")
Ursula Howells Ursula Howells ... Mrs. Deirdre Biddulph (segment "Werewolf")
Peter Madden ... Caleb (segment "Werewolf")
Katy Wild ... Valda (segment "Werewolf")
Alan Freeman Alan Freeman ... Bill Rogers (segment "Creeping Vine")
Ann Bell ... Ann Rogers (segment "Creeping Vine")
Phoebe Nicholls ... Carol Rogers (segment "Creeping Vine") (as Sarah Nicholls)
Bernard Lee ... Hopkins (segment "Creeping Vine")
Jeremy Kemp ... Jerry Drake (segment "Creeping Vine")
Roy Castle ... Biff Bailey (segment "Voodoo")
Kenny Lynch Kenny Lynch ... Sammy Coin (segment "Voodoo")
Christopher Carlos Christopher Carlos ... Vrim (segment "Voodoo")
The Tubby Hayes Combo The Tubby Hayes Combo ... Biff Bailey's Band (segment "Voodoo") (as The Tubby Hayes Quintet)
Christopher Lee ... Franklyn Marsh (segment "Disembodied Hand")
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Five strangers board a train and are joined by a mysterious fortune teller who offers to read their Tarot cards. Five separate stories unfold: An architect returns to his ancestral home to find a werewolf out for revenge; a doctor suspects his new wife is a vampire; an intelligent vine takes over a house; a jazz musician plagiarizes music from a voodoo ceremony; a pompous art critic is pursued by a disembodied hand. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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Acclaimed as "THE FEAR OF THE YEAR"

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Horror

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Trivia

Dr Schreck's deck is the 1930 Paul Marteau version of the "Marseille" Tarot, based on the 1760 woodblocks by Nicolas Conver. The industrialization of printing in the 1880s meant that greens and sky-blues were eliminated as designs were limited to four colors: red, blue, yellow, and black. See more »

Goofs

Franklyn Marsh does not touch the deck three times as is necessary according to Dr Terror around the beginning of the movie. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Blake: This town isn't big enough for two doctors... or two vampires.
[turns into a bat and flies away]
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Crazy Credits

On some American prints the MPAA seal appears on the Paramount logo. See more »

Alternate Versions

The UK Anchor Bay DVD 2003 release presents the film under its German title "Die Todeskarten des Dr Schreck" with font in white on red background although the movie itself has a full English soundtrack. Owing to the unavailability of a better print, the final few seconds (a long shot where Schreck turns and the others follow) are missing and the closing credits are sourced from a VHS print. The UK Odeon Entertainment DVD 2010 release presents the film with its original UK titles and UK title "Dr. Terror's House Of Horrors" with font in red on dark background, having been restored by BBC Studios and Post Production. The closing credits are the same being sourced from a VHS print. See more »

Connections

Followed by The Monster Club (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

Bailey's Blues
(uncredited)
Music by Tubby Hayes
Performed by The Tubby Hayes Combo (as The Tubby Hayes Quintet)
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The Prophecies of Dr. Terror
26 June 2017 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

Five passengers are in a cabin of the train to Bradley, when a sixth one asks whether he may join them in their cabin. He introduces himself as the tarot cards reader Dr. Schreck, a.k.a. Dr. Terror (Peter Cushing), who can tell the future of those who tap his cards deck three times. The first passenger to tap is the architect Jim Dawson (Neil McCallum), who is traveling to an island to renovate the house that belonged to his family that Mrs. Deirdre Biddulph (Ursula Howells) bought from him. He will learn that there is a werewolf in the house. Bill Rogers (Alan Freeman), who is traveling on vacation to meet his wife and daughter, taps the deck and learns that an intelligent creeper vine will threat their lives at his summer house. Then the musician Biff Bailey (Roy Castle) taps the deck and learns that he will bring a voodoo song from his tour in Caribe with creepy consequences. Then the snobbish and arrogant art critic Franklyn Marsh (Christopher Lee) learns that the artist Eric Landor (Michael Gough) will expose his arrogance and Franklyn will revenge with tragic consequences. Last, Dr. Bob Carroll (Donald Sutherland) taps the deck and learns that he will discover a secret about his fiancée Nicolle Carroll (Jennifer Jayne), who has just moved to a small town in New England to live with him, and his colleague Dr. Blake (Max Adrian). Further, they find their fate and who the mysterious fortune teller Dr. Terror is.

"Dr. Terror's House of Horrors" is a great anthology from Amicus Productions with five short stories. "Werewolf", "Creeping Vine", "Voodoo", "Disembodied Hand" and "Vampire" are great segments. Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee and Donald Sutherland are part of the cast and synonym of a great entertainment for fans of British horror films from the 60's. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "As Profecias do Dr. Terror" (The Prophecies of Dr. Terror")


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 February 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

House of Horrors See more »

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Budget:

GBP105,000 (estimated)
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Amicus Productions See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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