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.
Waxes and wanes...
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.