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.
Entertaining satires of old horror movies. The acting, stories, direction and production values were well done, and Coogan's makeup was really top notch. The British humor was very dry and fell flat much of the time but still worth the watch.
Hilarious show. Just wonderful gem.
Wasn't expecting much but all of these are spot-on parodies. Steve Coogan is brilliant and the cast captures his humor perfectly. Kudos to the co-writers and director, too. Right! Well done!