Today: February 22, 2024

Dr Terror’s House of Horrors

Cast: Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Roy Castle, Donald Sutherland, Neil McCallum, Ursula Howells, Alan Freeman, Kenny Lynch.

Director: Freddie Francis.

Format: Blu-ray.

Certificate: PG.

Bonus Run Time: 119 Mins. 

Rating: 5/5.

What could be more in keeping with the season, than a portmanteau of horror stories starring the inimitable Peter Crushing at his most charming and unnerving?

Dr. Terror (Cushing) is a mysterious fortune teller who boards a train to tell fellow passengers (Christopher Lee, Roy Castle and Donald Sutherland) their fortune with tarot cards. Five possible futures unfold: an architect returns to his ancestral home to find a werewolf out for revenge, a huge flesh-eating vine takes over a house, a musician gets involved with voodoo, an art critic is pursued by a disembodied hand, and a doctor discovers his new wife is a vampire.

Dr Terror’s House of Horrors is a fascinating and fast paced example of portmanteau filmmaking with a deadly twist at the end of each tale. Re-released on blu-ray by Fabulous Films just in time for Christmas, these supernatural shenanigans are a pitch perfect slice of spooky nostalgia. 

Extras include:
Previously unreleased interviews with Kenny Lynch, Ann Bell and Jeremy Kemp.
House of Cards Documentary,
Gallery of Images (courtesy of Stephen Jones).
Original Theatrical Trailer.
Double-Sided Foldout Graham Humphreys Artwork Poster.
12-Sided Film Guide Booklet.

Paula Hammond - Features Editor

Paula Hammond is a full-time, freelance journalist. She regularly writes for more magazines than is healthy and has over 25 books to her credit. When not frantically scribbling, she can be found indulging her passions for film, theatre, cult TV, sci-fi and real ale. If you should spot her in the pub, after five rounds rapid, she’ll be the one in the corner mumbling Ghostbusters quotes and waiting for the transporter to lock on to her signal… Email: writerpaula@icloud.com

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