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For the 2001 parody television series of a similar name, see Dr. Terrible's House of Horrible. Dr. Terror's House of Horrors Directed by Freddie Francis Produced by Max Rosenberg Milton Subotsky Written by Milton Subotsky Starring Peter Cushing Christopher Lee Max Adrian Ann Bell Peter Madden Donald Sutherland Music by Elisabeth Lutyens Cinematography Alan Hume Editing by Thelma Connell Studio Amicus Productions Distributed by Paramount Pictures Release date(s) 23 February 1965 Running time 98 minutes Country United Kingdom Language English Budget ₤105,000 Dr. Terror's House of Horrors is a 1965 British horror film from Amicus Productions, directed by veteran horror director Freddie Francis, written by Milton Subotsky, and starred Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee. It was the first in a series of portmanteau films from Amicus and was followed by Torture Garden (1967), The House That Dripped Blood (1970), Asylum (1972), Tales from the Crypt (1972), The Vault of Horror (1973), From Beyond the Grave (1973), Tales That Witness Madness (1974), which was not made by Amicus, but World Film Services, and The Monster Club (1980), . Contents 1 Plot 2 Production 3 Cinematic Process 4 References 5 External links Plot Dr. Terror's House of Horrors is a portmanteau film consisting of five stories within a frame story. Five men enter a train carriage in London bound for Bradley, and are joined by a sixth, the mysterious Doctor Schreck (Peter Cushing wearing a beard and false eyebrows). Schreck is the German word for terror, hence the title of the film. It also recalls Max Schreck, the actor who played the title role in the 1922 vampire classic Nosferatu. During the journey, the doctor opens his pack of Tarot cards and proceeds to reveal the destinies of each of the travellers. This provides the framework to tell five horror stories. The first story concerns an architect, Jim Dawson (Neil McCallum), who travels to a Scottish island to his former house to make alterations requested by the new owner, Mrs. Biddulph (Ursula Howells). Mrs. Bidduplh is described as a widow who bought the house to seek solitude to recover from the death of her husband. Behind a fake wall in the cellar, he finds the coffin of Count Cosmo Valdemar, who had owned the house centuries ago. Valdemar was killed in a conflict with the Dawson family, and had vowed to exact revenge on the owner of the house and reclaim his former home. Dawson soon discovers that Valdemar is emerging to take the form of a werewolf in the night, and believes the house maid was killed by him. Believing the owner, Mrs. Biddulph's life to be in danger, he melts a cross made out of silver by his ancestors to protect the house from Valdemar's spirit, to make silver bullets, which according to legend are the only means of killing a werewolf. On the night he encounters the wolf as it is about to attack Mrs. Biddulph and shoots, he is baffled that the bullets don't kill it. Mrs. Biddulph then reveals that she had switched the silver bullets with ordinary ones. She reveals to Dawson that the true legend was that Valdemar would exact revenge on the last descendants of the Dawson clan, and that the placing of Dawson's body in place of Valdemar's in the coffin, would bring Valdemar back to life in human form. She reveals she was Valdemar's wife who had deliberately lured Dawson to kill him, even after 200 years. The second story has Bill Rogers (Alan Freeman) and his family returning from vacation to discover a fast-growing vine has installed itself in the garden. When the plant seems to respond violently to attempts to cut it down, Rogers goes to the Ministry of Defence, where he gets advice from a couple of scientists (played by Bernard Lee and Jeremy Kemp). It soon turns out that the plant has become intelligent, and harbours homicidal tendencies towards any threats to its existence. Story three is the intentionally humorous one. Biff Bailey (Roy Castle) is a jazz musician who accepts a gig in the West Indies, and foolishly steals a tune from a local voodoo ceremony. When he tries to use the tune as a melody in a jazz composition back in London, there are dire consequences, mainly for the viewer. Castle was a last-minute replacement for Acker Bilk, who had suffered a heart attack. Castle's band was played by the Tubby Hayes Quintet, a leading British modern jazz group of the time. Castle, when appearing to play with the band on-screen, actually mimes the trumpet part to the soundtrack recording of trumpeter Shake Keane. Next is the tale of Franklyn Marsh (Christopher Lee), an art critic who seems more concerned with his own devastating wit than art itself. Painter Eric Landor (Michael Gough) bears the brunt of one of Marsh's tirades, but gets even by humiliating the critic publicly. When Landor takes it too far, Marsh responds in violent fashion causing Landor to lose one of his hands. Unable to paint any more, Landor commits suicide. Marsh is then tormented by the disembodied hand, which seems immune to fire as well as possessing the skills of Harry Houdini. Lastly, Dr. Bob Carroll (Donald Sutherland) returns to his home in the United States with his new French bride Nicolle (Jennifer Jayne). Soon there is evidence that a vampire is on the loose, and Carroll seeks the aid of his colleague Dr. Blake (Max Adrian), only to find out that his bride is the vampire. Following Blake's advice, Carroll kills Nicolle. But when the police come to arrest Carroll under the charge of his wife's murder, Blake denies giving any such advice. When the police takes away Carroll, Blake says that there is not enough place in the city for two doctors or two vampires, and he himself turns into a bat. The frame story ends with a twist: From the Tarot cards, the doctor informs the men that the only way they can avoid these horrible destinies is by dying first. When the train stops, the men find out that they are dead, having already perished in a train wreck; and Doctor Schreck is revealed to be Death himself. Production Filming began on Dr. Terror's House of Horror at Shepperton Studios on 25 May 1964 with a budget of $105,000. The script began as a still-born television series in 1948 during the time when Dead of Night was a recent release. Milton Subotsky considered that movie to be "the greatest horror film ever,"[1] and used it as a blueprint for Dr. Terror and the rest of Amicus' portmanteau films. Filming was completed on 3 July 1964 and was released on 5 February 1965. Cinematic Process Dr. Terror's House of Horror was filmed using the cinematic process known as Techniscope. References General Rigby, Jonathan, (2000). English Gothic: A Century of Horror Cinema. Reynolds & Hearn Ltd. ISBN 1-903111-01-3.  Specific ^ Brosnan, John. The Horror People. London, 1976. External links Dr. Terror's House of Horror at the Internet Movie Database Dr. Terror's House of Horrors at Allrovi v · d · eFilms directed by Freddie Francis 1960s Two and Two Make Six (1962) · The Brain (1962) · Paranoiac (1963) · Nightmare (1964) · The Evil of Frankenstein (1964) · Traitor's Gate (1964) · Dr. Terror's House of Horrors (1965) · Hysteria (1965) · The Skull (1965) · The Psychopath (1966) · The Deadly Bees (1967) · They Came From Beyond Space (1967) · Torture Garden (1967) · Dracula Has Risen from the Grave (1968) 1970s Mumsy, Nanny, Sonny and Girly (1970) · Trog (1970) · The Vampire Happening (1971) · Tales from the Crypt (1972) · The Creeping Flesh (1973) · Tales That Witness Madness (1973) · Son of Dracula (1974) · Craze (1974) · Legend of the Werewolf (1975) · The Ghoul (1975) 1980s The Doctor and the Devils (1985) · Dark Tower (1987)