Director: Jim Clark
Starring: Vincent Price, Peter Cushing, Robert Quarry
Vincent Price grew up in my home town. Well, technically it was an hour away, but it was the closest big town to where I grew up. At any rate, I’ve always been partial to his movies. Madhouse has been in my Netflix queue for some time, and I finally got around to watching it.
Madhouse is about Paul Toombes, a down on his luck horror actor that tries to make a comeback after his fiancé is tragically killed. He travels to England where he begins working on a new “Dr. Death” series. Soon a series of murders unfolds and we—the audience—see that the murderer is dressed in a very Dr. Death-like costume. Of course Paul Toombes is suspected and he spends most of the movie trying to avoid suspicion and simultaneously figure out who’s committing the crimes.
This is by no means the best Vincent Price film out there. The plot’s a little weak in points but I will say that the ending packs a punch. It’s sort of a three part ending. I’ll be honest, I saw the first part of the ending coming a mile away. In other words, I knew who the real killer was long before it’s revealed. However, there are two more last minute plot twists that I didn’t see coming, and this is reason enough for me to recommend this one.
The gore in Madhouse is pretty impressive for 1974. I’d actually say there’s something Aregento-like about it. At any rate, you won’t be let down in this department either.