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Saturday, January 13, 2007

Madhouse (1974)

I was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked this movie. Paul Toombes (Vincent Price) is one of Hollywood's most successful actors. He has starred as Dr Death in several films that were written by his good friend Herbert Flay (Peter Cushing). One New Year's Eve Paul and his fiance, Ellen, host a party. There they screen one of the many Dr Death films. After a fight with Paul, Ellen goes upstairs alone. There she is beheaded. When Paul finds her body he has a mental breakdown. Of course there are hushed rumors that Paul actually killed Ellen because of the fight. A few years later Paul is on his way to London to see his old friend Herbert. There is a new Dr Death series that is going into production and of course they want Paul to reprise his most famous role. The only problem is that there is a series of mysterious murders involving the people around Paul and he begins to breakdown again. Is Paul the killer or is someone trying to get rid of him?

The movie was not the greatest but it was pretty entertaining. Price and Cushing were wonderful as they always were. Adrienne Corri stole the movie as Herbert's disturbed wife, Faye. The film also shows clips of old Vincent Price movies and that is interesting to see. This movie is worth checking out when you are in the mood for a good horror flick.



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