Chamber of Horrors (1966)

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A one-handed madman (he lost the hand while escaping a hanging) uses various detachable devices as murder weapons to gain revenge on those he believes have wronged him.


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  • Cesare Danova and Patrice Wymore in Chamber of Horrors (1966)
  • José René Ruiz and Marie Windsor in Chamber of Horrors (1966)
  • Suzy Parker in Chamber of Horrors (1966)
  • Patrick O'Neal in Chamber of Horrors (1966)
  • Tony Curtis and Marie Windsor in Chamber of Horrors (1966)
  • Laura Devon and Patrick O'Neal in Chamber of Horrors (1966)

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Director:

Hy Averback

Writers:

Stephen Kandel (screenplay), Stephen Kandel (story), Ray Russell (story)

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8 November 2012 | kannibalcorpsegrinder
6
| Solid if flawed entry
Chamber of Horrors-After escaping custody and presumed dead, a deranged madman starts a rampage of revenge against those he believed wrong him in sending him to jail, forcing a pair of wax museum attendees to help solve the case before his rampage is complete.

A somewhat decent and enjoyable film, though this one does have it's problems. The first and most obvious one is the gimmick of the flashing red screen and siren used to indicate a potentially frightening scene, yet neither the sequence itself shows anything remotely frightening nor is the warning useful as it intrudes on the frozen frame and looks cheesy and quite fake. Onto the film itself, the biggest problem is the fact that the majority of the film is devoted to an investigation angle that's not conducted by the police but rather his friends in the wax museum as they construct an exhibit on the madman's rampage, which feels quite lame as well as intrusive to the pacing as there's not a whole lot of kills to really work this one over. That said, there's some good stuff here as the frequent trips to the wax museum give it a pretty chilly air at times, several of the stalking scenes are undertaken during a heavy fog that provides a pretty rich atmosphere during the better moments in the film and it has a fairly fun finale that certainly has it's fair share of action. It's enough to make it entertaining, but its held down by it's flaws.

Today's Rating/PG: Violence.

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Trivia

According to an article in the September 28, 1966 edition of Variety, this film was the second-most profitable film in release at the time.


Quotes

Anthony Draco: Can you describe him?
Marie Champlain: He's... he's tall and uh... he's dark and um... uh... soft-spoken. He moves very quietly. What's wrong me? He's the easiest man in the world to identify. His right hand is missing.


Goofs

At approx. the 13:53 mark, the torch reveals that the footage has been racked forward and backward to pad out the time needed for the verbal description of the crime.


Crazy Credits

Although he played a major character in the film, Patrick O'Neal's name does not appear in the ending credits.


Alternate Versions

Produced as a TV series pilot, this film was determined to be too violent for the small screen and given theatrical distribution instead. Added for this release was an exploitation device called the "Fear Flasher/Horror Horn", ostensibly to warn the audience of the "Four Supreme Fright Points" (although it was not applied to the picture's most explicitly violent moment, the climactic fate of the villain). This device was explained in an introductory sequence narrated by _'William Conrad (I)'_. Upon first showing on US network television, both the device and its explanation were deleted, but in subsequent syndication to local stations in the 1970s and '80s, some such prints were seen.


Soundtracks

Wein, Weib und Gesang, Op. 333 (Wine, Women and Song)
(uncredited)
Music by
Johann Strauss
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