Tales That Witness Madness

Tales That Witness Madness

Director: Freddie Francis Cast: Neil Kennedy, Georgia Brown, Donald Houston

DVD (Wide Screen / Colorized)

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Essentially a reworking of their earlier omnibus Asylum, this is another anthology of pulp horror tales from Amicus, this one helmed by the ever-reliable Freddie Francis. It features a quartet of eerie vignettes involving four patients in the care of psychiatrist Dr. Tremayne (Donald Pleasence), who is attempting to justify his strange theories to a colleague (Jack Hawkins, who died shortly after his scenes were filmed) by explaining the horrific events that drove the patients to their current state. The first tale centers on a young boy (Russell Lewis), whose parents' constant squabbling prompts him to conjure an imaginary tiger to devour them. The second involves a Victorian-era bicycle which allows its finder (Peter McEnery) to travel back in time and live as his own ancestor. The goofy third chapter pits a jealous wife (Joan Collins) against a strange rival for her husband's attention: a tree possessed by a human soul. The final segment stars Kim Novak (a last-minute replacement for Rita Hayworth) as a literary agent who must sacrifice her own daughter (Mary Tamm) to appease the restless spirit of her client's mother. Although certainly not the studio's best effort, this is still an amusing diversion, featuring the standard twist ending and a flamboyant approach suggestive of EC horror comics.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/26/2012
UPC: 0887090044103
Original Release: 1973
Rating: R
Source: Olive Films
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen, Colorized]
Time: 1:30:00
Sales rank: 25,574

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Neil Kennedy [Penny Farthing]
Georgia Brown Fay Patterson [Mr. Tiger]
Donald Houston Sam Patterson [Mr. Tiger]
Jack Hawkins Nicholas
Russell Lewis Paul
Peter McEnery Timothy
Joan Collins Bella
Kim Novak Auriol
Mary Tamm Ginny
Donald Pleasence Dr. Tremayne
David Wood Tutor
Suzy Kendall Ann/Beatrice
Beth Morris Polly
Frank Forsyth Uncle Albert
Michael Jayston Brian
Michael Petrovich Kimo
Leon Lissek Keoki
Zohra Segal Malia
Leslie Nunnerley Vera
Richard Connaught Moving Man

Technical Credits
Freddie Francis Director
Eric Allwright Makeup
Michael Almont Set Decoration/Design
Bernard Ebbinghouse Score Composer,Editor
Jay Fairbank Screenwriter
Bernard Gribble Editor
Jennifer Jayne Screenwriter
Norman Priggen Producer
Ken Ritchie Sound/Sound Designer
Nolan Roberts Sound/Sound Designer
Peter Saunders Asst. Director
Peter Saunders Asst. Director
Milton Subotsky Producer
Roy Walker Art Director
Norman Warwick Cinematographer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Tales That Witness Madness
1. Psychiatric Clinic [:12]
2. Mr. Tiger [4:36]
3. Penny Farthing [14:13]
4. Mel [19:13]
5. Luau [16:32]
6. Proof Positive [1:51]

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