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Tales That Witness Madness (1973)

R | | Horror | 31 October 1973 (USA)
A psychiatrist tells stories of four special cases to a colleague.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Auriol (segment 4 "Luau")
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Fay Patterson (segment 1 "Mr. Tiger")
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Bella Thompson (segment 3 "Mel")
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Dr. Nicholas
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Sam Patterson (segment 1 "Mr. Tiger")
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Brian (segment 3 "Mel")
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Kimo (segment 4 "Luau")
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Prof. R.C. Tremayne
Russell Lewis ...
Paul Patterson (segment 1 "Mr. Tiger")
Lesley Nunnerley ...
Vera (segment 4 "Luau")
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Keoki (segment 4 "Luau")
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Ginny (segment 4 "Luau")
David Wood ...
Tutor - Phillipe (segment 1 "Mr. Tiger")
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Dr Tremayne is an enigmatic Psychiatrist running a Futuristic asylum housing four very special cases. Visited by colleague Nicholas, Tremayne explains his amazing and controversial theories as to why each of the four patients went mad... cue four distinct tales each with a different set of characters: 'Mr Tiger' tells of Paul, the sensitive and troubled young son of prosperous but constantly bickering and unlovely parents, and the boy's 'imaginary' friend, a tiger. 'Penny Farthing' tells of Timothy, an antique store owner propelled backwards in time by a penny-farthing bicycle in his shop, all the while being watched over by the constantly changing photograph of Uncle Albert, which endangers the lives of both Timothy and his beautiful wife, Ann. 'Mel' tells of Brian, a man who brings home an old dead tree and prominently displays it in his living room as a work of art. His fiery wife Bella soon becomes jealous of the tree, which the husband has lovingly named Mel, and it seems to be ... Written by R Lindsay

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Predictable but enjoyable
5 December 2009 | by See all my reviews

This is not one of those Amicus anthologies which present unexpected twists: three out of the four stories are utterly predictable from their initial set up. But then it's like one of those fairground rides - you see what you're going to get (eg a 25 foot vertical drop), but if you're into that sort of thing you can still get a thrill out of the ride (the last story in particular is quite unpleasant - watching it is like watching an unavoidable car accident in slow motion). While none of the acting is quite on the level that you get from Peter Cushing in particular in anthologies like 'The House that Dripped Blood' or 'Tales from the Crypt', it is consistently good (Joan Collins actually being more believable than in the silly story she appears in for 'Tales from the Crypt'), and Freddie Francis directs these with a good sense of atmosphere and character. One I wouldn't mind seeing again.


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