Dr Terrible's House of Horrible
British horror fans got a special treat in 2001, when Steve Coogan, the famous funnyman behind the classic Britcom “I’m Alan Partridge”, used his talents to spoof classic horror anthologies from Hammer and Amicus in this six-episode series. Each episode stars Coogan in the dual role of Dr. Terrible and his story’s leading man, while horror favorites like Simon Pegg, Sheila Keith and Warwick Davis appear in silly supporting roles. Some of the famous titles parodied include THE VAMPIRE LOVERS, WITCHFINDER GENERAL, THE VAULT OF HORROR and THE TERROR OF THE TONGS.
1. Lesbian Vampire Lovers of Lust
Steve Coogan narrates a gruesome tale that sees Captain Hans Broken and his beautiful bride trapped in a remote castle at the mercy of luscious undead ladies.
2. Frenzy of Tongs
Set in Limehouse, London, in 1911, Frenzy Of Tongs sees inventor and gentleman adventurer, Nathan Blaze, lock horns with Hang Man Chang, would-be Emperor of the Free World, in a tale of opium, revenge and crabs.
3. Curse of the Blood of the Lizard of Doom
It’s Edinburgh in the 1880’s and Dr. Donald Baxter is desperately searching for a cure for the common burn.
4. And Now the Fearing
Set in London in 1972, property developer Denham, columnist Stephanie Wise and revolutionary architect Michael Mastersfind themselves trapped in a lift where their dreams become their worst nightmares.
5. Voodoo Feet of Death
It's Thirties London when World Champion ballroom dancer Lester Crown finds his career cut cruelly short when he loses both of his feet in a freak accident with a giant pair of scissors.
funny and fun
I definitely laughed out loud. I would watch a second season if there was one.
If you're familiar with Hammer horror and similar movies of that era, this is a great parody. A lot of effort clearly went into the production, recreating the atmosphere of 60's and 70's British horror movies and anthologies. Sometimes the humor takes a back seat to that, but it's still pretty funny.
The first two episodes were pretty bad in my opinion. It felt like they didn’t understand the topic they were parodying. This is most prominent in the episode taking place in the elevator where they just do random stuff. There is some really funny visual comedy in the show although. Also the best parts of each episode is the beginning and end with the parody of the crypt-keeper. 5/10
Great parody of old Hammer films. Almost choked on my coffee watching it.