Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors (1965)
Peter Cushing joins five men in a railway carriage only to have each man pick one of his deadly tarot cards and have Cushing predict his future. Each man picks the same card and each then tells/hears a story about some awful thing that happens to him and leads to his death. A very well-done horror anthology here by the folks at Amicus and director Freddie Francis. Francis gives his usual workmanlike effort creating some suspenseful moments and at other times slight and tedious plodding. Each story is done in a flashback style or dreamlike sequence. One story is about some mean green…plants that take over a household and even kill when threatened. Another story deals with a tribal voodoo song and what happens when copyright is infringed. There is a story about an old house and a werewolf. The final story deals with vampires in which Donald Sutherland, unbeknownst to him has married a vampire. This story as well as the voodoo story try to be funny as well as frightening. The best story for me stars Christopher Lee as a snobby art critic who has been embarrassed by a man whose art he continually berated, finally exacting his revenge on him…a revenge that becomes bittersweet. This revenge keeps Lee with more problems than he can HAND-le. This story is particularly effective and Lee and Michael Gough give some outstanding performances. The frame story is also very good and Cushing does a wonderful job enticing his fellow travelers to find out their futures and then let them know they have all been had by Death itself. Lots of fun here!