Tales That Witness Madness (1973) Hits UK DVD & Blu-Ray 29th Feb 2016 from Fabulous Films
Stroll down the corridors of a mental asylum, where your mind won’t believe what your eyes see. In the tradition of Tales From The Crypt and Creepshow this anthology of pulp horror tales is helmed by the ever-reliable horror master Freddie Francis (Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors).
Freddie Francis won numerous awards throughout his career including two Oscars, in 1961 for Best Cinematography for Sons and Lovers and then in 1990 for Glory. He also won five British Society of Cinematographers awards and various Lifetime Achievement Awards. He started directing in 1962, particularly for Hammer and Amicus where he became a respected director of horror and science fiction. He accepted many assignments to make a name for himself, but regretted this later when he became typecast in the genre.
The all-star cast includes Donald Pleasence (Halloween, Blofeld in You Only Twice, The Great Escape), Joan Collins (Dynasty), Kim Novak (Vertigo) and Jack Hawkins (Theatre of Blood, The Bridge on the River Kwai, Zulu)
Jack Hawkins had had his larynx removed in an operation in 1966 so his voice was dubbed in post-production by Charles Gray who played Blofeld in Diamonds Are Forever. It was Hawkins’ final film appearance.
Kim Novak (Vertigo) broke a four year hiatus from films with her appearance in this film. She replaced Rita Hayworth to play Auriol Pageant shortly after production started.
Tales That Witness Madness was one of several in a series of anthology films made during the 1960s and 1970s which included Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors (1965), Torture Garden (1967), The House That Dripped Blood (1970), Asylum (1972), Tales from the Crypt (1972), The Vault of Horror (1973) and From Beyond the Grave (1974). It was originally released with the name Jay Fairbank as screenwriter, this was a pseudonym for former actress Jennifer Jayne, who played Donald Sutherland’s French vampire wife in Dr Terror’s House of Horrors (1965).
Synopsis: This anthology film features a quartet of eerie vignettes involving four patients in the care of psychiatrist Dr Tremayne. The third story is about a husband getting a bit too friendly with a tree, much to his wife, played by Joan Collins’, annoyance.
Cast: Donald Pleasence (Halloween, Blofeld in You Only Twice, The Great Escape), Joan Collins (Dynasty), Kim Novak (Vertigo), Jack Hawkins (Theatre of Blood, The Bridge on the River Kwai, Zulu), Peter McEnery (The Cat and the Canary) and Suzy Kendall.