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Old 09-22-15, 11:42 PM
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"Dr. Terror's House of Horrors" Reviews/Discussion - 2015 Horror Challenge: Day 12





Dr. Terror's House of Horrors (1965)



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These "October Horror Movie Challenge" threads are for the discussion of the films in the 31 FILM SUBSET list.

The plan is for everyone to watch this film on the October day in the thread title, and to start discussing it the morning of the following day.
You may start discussion early if you want, but the preferred plan is for this to be as much of a group exercise as possible, with all of us viewing it "together" and discussing after.

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Re: "Dr. Terror's House of Horrors" Reviews/Discussion - 2015 Horror Challenge: Day 1

This is also streaming on Amazon Prime, link below, but word of warning the visual quality is not great on the Prime source.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/video/deta...qid=1443881046
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Re: "Dr. Terror's House of Horrors" Reviews/Discussion - 2015 Horror Challenge: Day 1

Dr Terror was a fun movie with a bleak outlook that have varied anthology stories. Some of the stories (especially the first/werewolf) seemed rushed without enough build-up. A lot of the twists didn't seem as ironic / mean as stuff I'd become accustomed too watching Tales from the Crypt, etc.

Oddly, this is the second movie I've seen so far where the host turns out to be a death figure, parts of Dr Terror feel cliche.

My favorite story was the killer plants one.
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Re: "Dr. Terror's House of Horrors" Reviews/Discussion - 2015 Horror Challenge: Day 1

Unfortunately, the YouTube link is dead. It's been pulled due to copyright.

Originally Posted by Undeadcow
This is also streaming on Amazon Prime, link below, but word of warning the visual quality is not great on the Prime source.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/video/deta...qid=1443881046
That's a pretty awful pan-n-scan transfer.

If you have a Roku, it's streaming on the Cryptic.TV channel. It's in the VOD > Horror section. The video is OAR (2.35:1) and looks around DVD quality. Usually the VOD movies on Cryptic.TV have 2-3 minutes of ads to start, then the movie runs commercial-free.

https://channelstore.roku.com/detail...tic-television

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Re: "Dr. Terror's House of Horrors" Reviews/Discussion - 2015 Horror Challenge: Day 1

I love Amicus movies and this is movie is no exception. I love the actors (Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Donald Sutherland and Roy Castle) which is part of why I love it. The only better company is Hammer (why were no Hammer films picked for the subset?) I think this was an outstanding choice.
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Re: "Dr. Terror's House of Horrors" Reviews/Discussion - 2015 Horror Challenge: Day 1

I love Amicus as well. This has been one of my favorites from them that I have been trying to get my hands on for some time now, and finally they are re-releasing it on the 27th. So this one will tide me over till then. Probably wear the dvd out in 2 days time. It'd take me awhile to figure out just which story was my favorite. Again.....Lee and Cushing work great together! As formulaic as anthologies are I find most of them to be highly entertaining

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Re: "Dr. Terror's House of Horrors" Reviews/Discussion - 2015 Horror Challenge: Day 1

Props and big thanks to Alyxstarr for hosting the commentary stream. I watched the regular cut earlier in the Challenge not realizing that it was a subset pick, so having an alternate version to watch on subset day was a boon to my OCD.

Wish they had caught the director a few years earlier for this; he may have remembered more.
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Re: "Dr. Terror's House of Horrors" Reviews/Discussion - 2015 Horror Challenge: Day 1

Originally Posted by Undeadcow
Dr Terror was a fun movie with a bleak outlook that have varied anthology stories. Some of the stories (especially the first/werewolf) seemed rushed without enough build-up. A lot of the twists didn't seem as ironic / mean as stuff I'd become accustomed too watching Tales from the Crypt, etc..
I actually wondered whether they'd interpret everything ending with death to mean they should gang up on Dr. Shreck and kill him...!
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Re: "Dr. Terror's House of Horrors" Reviews/Discussion - 2015 Horror Challenge: Day 1

Originally Posted by orlmac
I love Amicus movies and this is movie is no exception. I love the actors (Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Donald Sutherland and Roy Castle) which is part of why I love it.
The credits amused me - CHRISTOPHER LEE, gap, Bernard Lee and some other people, gap, PETER CUSHING, gap, ...and ROY CASTLE!

Also, Donald Sutherland. (Who is even, it turns out, a main character!)

I know Roy Castle as the host of (Guinness World) Record Breakers, so it was a novel surprise to see him so feted for a horror film!

Originally Posted by orlmac
The only better company is Hammer (why were no Hammer films picked for the subset?) I think this was an outstanding choice.
It might open up more "themes" if there were a backdoor requirement that at least one subset is Hammer/Amicus/CLee/VPrice, etc. I must remember to suggest that!

Happy 50th, Dr. Terror!
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Re: "Dr. Terror's House of Horrors" Reviews/Discussion - 2015 Horror Challenge: Day 1

I thought that DTHOH was fun, but it certainly didn't have a frightening moment anywhere in it.

And what was up with most of the stories ending prematurely? In the first one, we never really got a good look at the werewolf, nor did we find out what happened to the architect; in the second story, scientist guy figures out that the plants are afraid of fire, escapes, and then...the plants put out the burning newspaper. End of story. In the third story, voodoo guy takes music away from jazz trumpeter. THE END.

I think that I would have liked the film better if the stories had had, I don't know, some sort of resolution to them. As it stands, it's a fun film, but it could have been so much better.

Last note: At the end, when Dr. Terror shows his true face, I got a shock of sudden recognition. A closeup of that hooded skull was the cover photo on Alan G. Frank's Horror Movies book, which I got when I was twelve or so and pored over constantly throughout my adolescence:

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Re: "Dr. Terror's House of Horrors" Reviews/Discussion - 2015 Horror Challenge: Day 1

Originally Posted by rbrown498
I thought that DTHOH was fun, but it certainly didn't have a frightening moment anywhere in it.

And what was up with most of the stories ending prematurely? In the first one, we never really got a good look at the werewolf, nor did we find out what happened to the architect; in the second story, scientist guy figures out that the plants are afraid of fire, escapes, and then...the plants put out the burning newspaper. End of story. In the third story, voodoo guy takes music away from jazz trumpeter. THE END.

I think that I would have liked the film better if the stories had had, I don't know, some sort of resolution to them. As it stands, it's a fun film, but it could have been so much better.
I agree that this was fun but not scary. I disagree with you on the stories ending prematurely though.

The no good look at the werewolf was obviously due to budget reasons.

I liked the plant story ending but the plant putting out the fire made me think that it was just stating that the people inside the house were fucked.

The Voodoo story was the worst of the 5 stories (6 if you could the bumpers). The guy just walks in and takes the music. That's it? That story was mainly played for laughs anyway. My question is how do you write pages of music notes for two repetitive beats played on bongos?

Lee's story was the best of the bunch in my opinion and he got the ironic twist at the end of his. Plus I thought it had some nice digs at "art" critics (alluding to movies as well, maybe?).

And finally the vampire story with Sutherland. I actually watched parts of this one a few times. Did I miss where Sutherland figures out his wife is a vampire? He hears from the doctor that he was attacked but he raised his hands in a cross sign. But they never discuss Sutherland's wife in that scene. Then the next night he wakes up and she walks up with a bloody hand. Suddenly the doctor is giving him a stake to kill her with. And Sutherland just says cool. What did I miss?

I did like the bumpers on this and Cushing looked like he was trying out for the Fagin part in the musical Oliver! I really didn't recognize him at first. Good but predictable ending to the bumpers as well.
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Re: "Dr. Terror's House of Horrors" Reviews/Discussion - 2015 Horror Challenge: Day 1

Very amazing film. I liked how most of these ending and even the "twist" which was easy to call, but still fun. Not really scary, but good horror stories (like you read in books). I'm def down for more of these types of movies next year as sublists.

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