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March 15, 2012

Flicks: Madhouse (1974)

Madhouse: "Lights, Camera... Murder!".

Horror movie legend Vincent Price stars with Peter Cushing in Jim Clark's Madhouse. It's an interesting film for horror movie historians due the large amount of references to previous films made by B-movie moguls American International Pictures (AIP).

Price as Paul Toombes is, much like in real-life, famous for playing "Dr. Death," (read as "Doctor Phibes") yet he suffers a nervous breakdown before going to England to do a TV series. After his release from years in a state sanitarium, Toombes takes on a new role, however, the cast and crew of the new picture begin to die in ways that suggest scenes from Toombes's films (represented here with Price's American International efforts, including The Haunted Palace, The Pit and the Pendulum, Tales of Terror, The Raven, Scream and Scream Again, and House of Usher). Each murder points to Dr. Death - but Toombes must find and confront the real killer, before he becomes the next victim!

Madhouse director Jim Clark is much more well known today as one of the best film Editors in the business. His credit's include Marathon Man (1976), The Memphis Belle (1990) and The World Is Not Enough (1999) with Pierce Bronson.

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