Dr. Terrible's House of Horrible

Dr Terrible's House of Horrible is a satirical British comedy-horror anthology series created by Graham Duff, who co-wrote the series with Steve Coogan. BBC Two broadcast the series in 2001.

Dr Terrible's House of Horrible
GenreComedy, horror
Created byGraham Duff
Written byGraham Duff
Steve Coogan
Directed byMatt Lipsey
Presented bySteve Coogan
StarringSteve Coogan
Composer(s)Willie Dowling
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes6
Production
Executive producer(s)Steve Coogan
Graham Duff
Henry Normal
Producer(s)Alison MacPhail
CinematographyFrancis De Groote
Editor(s)Charlie Phillips
Running time30 minutes
Production company(s)Baby Cow Productions
Distributor2 Entertain (DVD-Video)
Release
Original networkBBC Two
Original release12 November (2001-11-12) 
17 December 2001 (2001-12-17)

Dr Terrible's House of Horrible spoofs the British horror films of Amicus Productions, Hammer Film Productions, and Tigon British Film Productions, and most particularly, such noted 1970's anthology series, such as Roald Dahl's Tales of the Unexpected, and Thriller, with Amicus' films, and both series' utilising different, well-known ensemble casts in each episode.

The title parodies Amicus Productions' anthology film Dr Terror's House of Horrors (1965).

Horror film veterans Honor Blackman, Graham Crowden, Sheila Keith, Joan Greenwood, and Angela Pleasence each guest-starred in an episode, in a pastiche of their earlier film performances. Mark Gatiss, John Thomson, Simon Pegg, Ronni Ancona and Warwick Davis also performed in the series.

Steve Coogan presents each episode as Dr. Terrible, and plays various roles throughout.

Viewership of the six-episode series fell short of expectations, and the BBC declined to recommission it. 2 Entertain published it to DVD-Video on 4 August 2003.

Episode list

Lesbian Vampire Lovers of Lust[1] (Episode 1 in transmission order, episode 4 in DVD order)

Hans Brocken and his lovely new virgin wife Carmina are on their honeymoon when they encounter a castle owned by the mysterious Countess Kronstien. She and her ladies seem unusually interested in Carmina. Spoofs Hammer Films Productions films, especially the Karnstein Trilogy (1970–71).

Frenzy of Tongs[2]

Gentleman inventor Nathan Blaze must battle the inscrutable Chinese criminal Hang Man Chan in turn-of-the-century London. Spoofs Sax Rohmer's Fu Manchu character, Hammer Film Productions' The Terror of the Tongs (1961), and the Doctor Who serial The Talons of Weng-Chiang (1977).

Curse of the Blood of the Lizard of Doom[3]

Dr Donald Baxter's experiment with burn victims lead him down a dangerous path as he uses the regenerative powers of lizards on his patients with terrifying results.

And Now the Fearing...[4] (Episode 4 in transmission order, episode 1 in DVD order)

Three people trapped in a lift retell their recent nightmares in 1970s London. Spoofs Amicus Productions' The Vault of Horror (1973).

Voodoo Feet of Death[5]

A famous ballroom dancer loses his feet to a pair of gigantic scissors. After a quick foot transplant his feet start taking on a murderous mind of their own. Spoofs The Hands of Orlac (1960).

Scream Satan Scream![6]

Witch locator Captain Tobias Slater travels the north of England accusing beautiful young women of being witches and to avoid the pyre they must sleep with him, until he runs across a real coven and Slater is cursed. Spoofs Witchfinder General (1968) and Cry of the Banshee (1970).

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