THE REVENGE OF DR DEATH
Madhouse/The Revenge of Dr Death copies the formula of the Dr Phibes films but the tongue appears to have become unglued from cheek, much to the films loss, where only becomes apparent its utter routineness. Everything is predictable, particularly the identity of the killer masquerading as Dr Death. The title Madhouse has no particular meaning, unless it refers to Peter Cushings country mansion with his mad wife Adrienne Corri in the decaying basement but this is hardly a major feature of the film and the film does not fall into the Old Dark House genre.
Madhouse/The Revenge of Dr Deaths greatest distinction is probably its featuring of horror icons Vincent Price and Peter Cushing, both of whom rise to audience expectations, as well as Robert Quarry who was seen as a major new horror icon in the 1970s following the success of Count Yorga, Vampire (1970). The films one other distinction is its willingness to use the horror genre recursively ie it being a horror film set around horror films. There are the odd amusing asides if this were a horror film, by now youd be dead, Vincent Price comments as starlet Linda Hayden tries to blackmail him. Boris Karloff and Basil Rathbone are credited among the opening cast list despite the fact their appearances only come from scenes taken from AIPs Tales of Terror (1962) and The Raven (1963).
Director Jim Clark is more well known as an editor in the British film industry. His only other films as director was the comedies Every Home Should Have One (1970) and Rentadick (1972).