Dr. Terror's House of Horrors (1965)

Dr. Terror's House of Horrors (1965), directed by Freddie Francis.

Since the framing story takes place in a railway car, what is Dr. Schreck's (Peter Cushing) "house of horrors"? He explains it is his deck of Tarot Cards, which reveals the fate of whoever's fortune is told, as well as the means of avoiding such fate. Which turns out to be the Death card for every passenger.

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The first in a series of horror anthologies from Amicus Productions, the thrills are pretty mild, like the US Night Gallery TV series a few years later. But it is fun if you like the genre and appreciate the familiar cast.

Written by Amicus producer Milton Subotsky, who was inspired by Dead of Night (1945) and began working on the stories soon after that film appeared.

The other films in the series:

Photographed by Alan Hume: Eye of the Needle (1981), For Your Eyes Only (1981), Lifeforce (1985), Octopussy (1983), Return of the Jedi (1983), Runaway Train (1985), A View to a Kill (1985).

Available on Blu-ray from Olive Films.