Terror in Black and White

This book contains 101 ranked reviews of horror and horror-adjacent black and white movies. The ranking is established by the sum of 8 ratings: stars, gimmick, rewatchability, creepiness, story, creativity, acting & quality. Each article contains a rating, a synopsis, and a short review.

Torture Garden

Four people get their dark potential futures told by a wax statue.
United Kingdom
1967
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Surreal
Anthology
Tale Amount: 
4
Animals: 
Cat
Sadist: 
Master
Torturer
Cultists: 
Clubbist
Catastrophes: 
Fire
Dimensional: 
Hellish
Nightmare
Unknown
Robot: 
Android
Psychics: 
Hypnotist
Medium
Telepathist
Statues: 
Waxwork

Enoch

A man is stalked by an evil cat.

Terror Over Hollywood

Using her charm, a woman tries to infiltrate a group of Hollywood producers.

Mr. Steinway

A woman realizes her lover's piano has a life of its own.

The Man Who Collected Poe

An obsessive Edgar Allan Poe aficionado visits a private collection of his.

4
Waxes and wanes...
6
4
6
5.04
3
3
3

Enoch

Terror Over Hollywood

Mr. Steinway

The Man Who Collected Poe

Performances
Pace
Plot
Second release in the Amicus Portmanteau horror anthology movie franchise, and unfortunately not as lively or gimmicky as Dr. Terror's House of Horrors was, Torture Garden still means well and delivers four dark tales told telepathically by the wax representation of a Sybil to a bunch of characters looking for something sensational. Like them, we want a good show and that's mostly what we get!
The performances, the lighting, the ambiance and the sets are generally living up to the previous film. The same thing cannot be said of the camera work, which isn't always filming the right thing right at the right time. The stories themselves are hits and misses. Two of them are deliberate Edgar Allan Poe references and the two others about love and lust. There's an obvious lack of rigor, here.
Some twists work better than others. The wraparound story is fun to come back to in between each segment and contains its own surprises. The directing isn't exactly meticulous but the production doesn't suffer much from it. The main issues remain the laziness of the script and a lack of eye candy. You'll still have a good time with this if you're not too picky.
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