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Madhouse Reviews

This pairing of AIP's Vincent Price and Hammer's Peter Cushing promises much more that it delivers. While recovering from a nervous breakdown, Price, a washed-up horror film actor, agrees to do a TV series based on his most famous character, "Dr. Death." The shows are to be scripted by his old friend, former actor Cushing, and produced by Quarry. Soon after Price's arrival, cast and crew begin dying after the fashion of characters in the actor's old movies. With its behind-the-scenes setting and focus on an aging star whose glory days are behind him, this could have been a wonderful elegy to the twilight of Price's long career. Unfortunately, the script and direction simply aren't up to the task, and the film becomes an inferior spin-off of the "Dr. Phibes" series. Not even the interaction between Price and Cushing--two very different actors--manages to generate much interest, leaving the clips from Price's Corman-AIP films the best part of the movie. Filmed in 1972, MADHOUSE went unreleased until 1974.