Not Much of a House of Horrors
Five men, having never met board a train and find themselves sharing a compartment with Dr. Schreck (Peter Cushing) a fortune teller who is a practitioner of the Tarot cards. Whilst art critic Franklyn Marsh (Christopher Lee) is disparaging of Schreck's fortune telling claims the other men are a little more intrigued by what he has to say about each of their futures which includes a werewolf, a killer plant, a vampire and also a disembodied hand.
Ooh Dr. Terror you are so bad, well actually you are not that bad as "Dr. Terror's House of Horrors" is a product of the 60s and as such the horror is when watched now is on the tame side. In truth having watched other horror movies from the 60s I actually think it would have been quite tame even watched back then as there is nothing memorably scary about this anthology of short horror stories which are tentively linked together via people sharing the same train compartment.
But whilst for me "Dr. Terror's House of Horrors" was not the house of horrors I would have liked to have watched it was still kind of entertaining due to the cast. Not only does it feature Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing but also Michael Gough and Donald Sutherland. On top of that there is also Roy Castle as one of the men on the train and his story also sees a part for Kenny Lynch. None of their performances are memorable but it is just a case that watching this now there is a bit of fun in recognizing the actors in it.
What this all boils down to is that that "Dr. Terror's House of Horrors" is typical of the era and as such it isn't what many would refer to as a horror movie when watched for the first time now. But thanks to who is in the cast, especially those in supporting roles it still has some entertainment value about it.
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