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    I used to love watching the Amicus horror portmanteau movies like Tales From The Crypt and Vault of Horror.

    Any other fans of Amicus horror here?
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    Not really- personally I found Amicus much inferior to Hammer, although there may well have been exceptions that I wasn't aware of (i.e. I may well have seen a superior Amicus movie and ASSUMED that it was Hammer).
    Amicus tended to attract actors who didn't specialise in horror in the way that Peter Cushing, Vincent Price and Christopher Lee did, though I did see Lee in one of them as an unpleasant art critic who is blinded by the severed hand of a modern artist his scathing reviews had forced into suicide. Amicus tended to feature the likes of Alan Freeman, Donald Sutherland, Roy Castle and a plethora of by now forgotten actresses.
    There was an extremely memorable film starring Peter Cushing as the owner of a sinister backstreet London antique shop where every item he stocked had some awful supernatural consequence for the purchaser- it came out in '73 and was one of the last of it's genre, also starring David Warner, Donald and Angela Pleasance, and Donald Sinden. Ring any bells? Was THIS one an Amicus? If so it was an unusually high-quality one!!

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    Yes, I am a fan.

    I agree with Roxxy that Hammer was better, but I like the Amicus and Tigon films.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amicus_Productions

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    I loved Hammer too, but I also loved Amicus. And going back even further, I loved the old Universal black and white horrors, with Karloff, Chaney Jr. etc.
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    The Amicus anthology movies are an awesome slice of classic British horror.

    Dr Terror's House of Horrors (1965)
    Torture Garden (1967)
    The House That Dripped Blood (1971)
    Tales from the Crypt (1972)
    Asylum (1972)
    From Beyond the Grave (1973)
    The Vault of Horror (1973)
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    Quote Originally Posted by DemonEyeX View Post
    The Amicus anthology movies are an awesome slice of classic British horror.

    Dr Terror's House of Horrors (1965)
    Torture Garden (1967)
    The House That Dripped Blood (1971)
    Tales from the Crypt (1972)
    Asylum (1972)
    From Beyond the Grave (1973)
    The Vault of Horror (1973)
    I totally agree. I love them all and indeed have them all on DVD.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Roxxy View Post
    Not really- personally I found Amicus much inferior to Hammer, although there may well have been exceptions that I wasn't aware of (i.e. I may well have seen a superior Amicus movie and ASSUMED that it was Hammer).
    Amicus tended to attract actors who didn't specialise in horror in the way that Peter Cushing, Vincent Price and Christopher Lee did, though I did see Lee in one of them as an unpleasant art critic who is blinded by the severed hand of a modern artist his scathing reviews had forced into suicide. Amicus tended to feature the likes of Alan Freeman, Donald Sutherland, Roy Castle and a plethora of by now forgotten actresses.
    There was an extremely memorable film starring Peter Cushing as the owner of a sinister backstreet London antique shop where every item he stocked had some awful supernatural consequence for the purchaser- it came out in '73 and was one of the last of it's genre, also starring David Warner, Donald and Angela Pleasance, and Donald Sinden. Ring any bells? Was THIS one an Amicus? If so it was an unusually high-quality one!!
    I dont believe they were 'much inferior', some of the Amicus films were excellent. Same with Tigon.

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    great films here.in my opinion these ones are as god anything hammer did.

    asylum i love robert powell stars and he visits each room each person has a story to tell.

    the best one is where peter cushing wants a strange luminous white suit made for his dead son.


    Quote Originally Posted by DemonEyeX View Post
    The Amicus anthology movies are an awesome slice of classic British horror.

    Dr Terror's House of Horrors (1965)
    Torture Garden (1967)
    The House That Dripped Blood (1971)
    Tales from the Crypt (1972)
    Asylum (1972)
    From Beyond the Grave (1973)
    The Vault of Horror (1973)
    FOR THE HONOUR OF GRAYSKULL

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    Oh yesss, I LOVE that movie! Have it on DVD and have watched it many times.
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    I got a fantastic 2-dvd set from Amazon all about the Amicus movies. It includes two very rare interviews with the great Peter Cushing.

    Here is the link if anybody is interested in it:

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Amicus-House...=Amicus+Horror
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