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Madhouse (1974)

PG | | Crime, Horror, Mystery | 24 May 1974 (USA)
A horror movie star returns to his famous role after years in a mental institution. But the character seems to be committing murders independent of his will.

Director:

Jim Clark

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Angus Hall (novel), Ken Levison (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Vincent Price ... Paul Toombes
Peter Cushing ... Herbert Flay
Robert Quarry ... Oliver Quayle
Adrienne Corri ... Faye Carstairs Flay
Natasha Pyne Natasha Pyne ... Julia Wilson
Michael Parkinson ... T.V. Interviewer
Linda Hayden ... Elizabeth Peters
Barry Dennen ... Gerry Blount
Ellis Dale Ellis Dale ... Alfred Peters
Catherine Willmer Catherine Willmer ... Louise Peters
John Garrie ... Inspector Harper
Ian Thompson Ian Thompson ... Bradshaw
Jenny Lee Wright Jenny Lee Wright ... Carol Clayton
Julie Crosthwaite ... Ellen Mason (as Julie Crosthwait)
Peter Halliday ... Psychiatrist
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Storyline

Horror movie actor Paul Toombes, famous for playing "Dr. Death," suffers a nervous breakdown before going to England to do a TV series. Cast and crew members start dying the way characters did in Toombes' old movies. Written by alfiehitchie

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If Stark Terror Were Ecstasy... living here would be sheer bliss! See more »


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Language:

English

Release Date:

24 May 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Deathday See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Final film Price made for AIP after a collaboration that began 14 years earlier with "House of Usher." See more »

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Julia's dead body is breathing heavily after Paul Toombes discovers her. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Villager in Movie: Dr. Death, where are you? Let's smoke him out!
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Crazy Credits

"With special participation by Boris Karloff (and) Basil Rathbone." At time of film''s release in 1974, both actors had been been dead five and seven years respectively, and their "special participation" was limited to appearance in clips from old films in which they'd appeared with Vincent Price. See more »

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A forgotten gem
10 January 2012 | by acidburn-10See all my reviews

The plot = A horror actor Paul Toombes played by (Vincent Price) whose biggest and best known role is Dr Death has decided to bow out of the profession and settle down with his new fiancé, but after a heated argument, she is attacked by someone dressed as Dr Death and murdered, Paul Toombes gets blamed and put into an insane asylum. Many years later he gets released and is persuaded to play Dr Death again, that's when the murders starts occurring again also...

I came across this rather unknown gem late one night while watching the horror channel and I must say that I rather enjoyed it. This movie stands as a fine example of the 60's and 70's features of it's time so I don't why this movie never gets mentioned or even recognised, as it's a fine form of slasher/thriller made movie with top notch acting from the likes of Vincent Price and Peter Cushing. the film is very striking, and looks very much like the other lush productions from this era.

The storyline is well crafted and keeps you interested throughout, the death scenes are also very elaborate and very violent, plus there are quite a few of them so that will keep the gore hounds happy. My only complaint is the so called shock twist ending, which wasn't really a shock at all, it was way too easy to see past the red herrings and the identity of the killer was pretty easy to figure out. But other than that this movie is on fine form.

The cast like I already said are top notch with great performances from legends such as Vincent Price and Peter Cushing who both add true layers to they're roles and are both greatly missed, as I've enjoyed watching they're horror movies growing up.

All in all "Madhouse" is an excellent horror movie which in a way ahead of it's time that oozes atmosphere and features a memorable character in Dr. Death.


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