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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Chamber Of Horrors (1966)

Two amateur sleuths (Cesare Danova, Wilfrid Hyde White) operate a wax museum. They help the police find an insane murderer (Patrick O'Neal) who is convicted. But he later escapes and begins killing those responsible for putting him behind bars. Directed by Hy Averback (I LOVE YOU ALICE B. TOKLAS), this is often erroneously referred to as a remake of the 1953 film HOUSE OF WAX. While there are decided similarities, it is not a remake. It was originally made for TV with the intention of turning it into a TV series where the amateur sleuths would solve a murder each week. Instead, it was released to theaters. Since, as a horror film, it's rather routine, the film was given a gimmick. Whenever a murder was about to occur, a red flash and a horn warning would appear on the screen so that the more delicate could close their eyes or look away from the screen. It was a silly gimmick, especially considering the murders are not graphic at all (this was made for TV after all). Still, it's surprisingly entertaining for something so mild that it could have been made in the 1930s. With Tony Curtis, Suzy Parker, Laura Devon, Marie Windsor, Wayne Rogers, Patrice Wymore, Jeanette Nolan and Barry Kroeger. 

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