Thursday, May 26, 2011

Dr. Terror's House of Horrors (1965)

As I sat down to find something to watch in honor of the great Horror Icon Peter Cushing’s Birthday, I had nothing pop into my head. That is when I searched Netflix, and found a perfect flick the 1965 Amicus Anthology Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors.

Plot/ 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 discovers his new wife is a vampire; a huge plant takes over a house; a musician gets involved with voodoo; an art critic is pursued by a disembodied hand.

Being the first of the great Amicus anthologies, this is an important horror film. More importantly, it was the perfect film to celebrate the great Peter Cushing’s 98th birthday. To me, this is one of Cushing’s best roles, and he is brilliant with his performance. The five odd stories featuring a Disembodied Hand, Werewolves, Vampires, Voodoo and Creeping Vines were creepy and featured some tremendous pacing and most importantly atmosphere. Personally, my favorite was the Disembodied Hand featuring Christopher Lee. While not perfect, it is a great example of traditional British Horror and the weird fun that made the era of Classic Horror so much fun.

1 comment:

  1. I just finished watching this for the first time. Horror anthologies are largely misfires but this one turned out to be one of the better ones. My favorite chapter was the killer plant. That was just badass!