Dr. Terror's House of Horrors


1h 38m 1965

Brief Synopsis

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 ancestoral 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.

Film Details

Release Date
Mar 1965
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Amicus Productions
Distribution Company
Paramount Pictures
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 38m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Technicolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
2.35 : 1

Synopsis

Dr. Sandor Schreck, known as Dr. Terror, joins five men in a train compartment and proceeds to tell each man's future with tarot cards. Architect Jim Dawson, on his way to visit his birthplace, is told that the current owner of the house, a beautiful widow named Dierdre Biddulph, will turn into a werewolf and kill him. Bill Rogers learns that a creeping vine growing on his house will engulf and destroy his family. Dr. Terror warns jazz musician Biff Bailey that the voodoo god Dambala will haunt him for performing music used in secret voodoo rites in Haiti. Bob Carroll, an American physician, hears a macabre tale in which he is persuaded by his colleague Dr. Blake to kill his new bride, Nicolle, because she is a vampire; in reality Blake, too, is a vampire, given to eliminating his competitors in the medical profession, and Carroll hangs for murder because of Blake's treachery. Art critic Franklyn Marsh, who has been skeptical of Dr. Terror's predictions, is the last to hear his future, in which the dismembered hand of an artist whom Marsh drove to suicide follows him and causes a car accident that leaves Marsh blind. As the train comes to a stop, the mysterious Dr. Terror disappears, and the five men meet their respective fates.

Film Details

Release Date
Mar 1965
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Amicus Productions
Distribution Company
Paramount Pictures
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 38m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Technicolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
2.35 : 1

Quotes

Schreck? That's a German word isn't it? Means fear or horror.
- Dawson
A more exact translation would be terror. An unfortunate misnomer for I am the mildest of men.
- Dr. Schreck

Trivia

Acker Bilk was hired to play Biff Bailey but had a heart attack and was replaced by Roy Castle.

Tubby Hayes was booked to write the score but did not write anything and so was replaced by 'Elizabeth Lutyens' .

Notes

Released in Great Britain in February 1965.