Despite an excellent cast and good production values this (supposed) horrorfilm commits the ultimate sin: it doesn't scare... It's like watching somesit-com level "Twilight Zone" rip-off episode(s)... If you want to enjoythe real thing see one or all of the following:"Tales from the Crypt" (1972)"Asylum" (1972) or"Vault of Horror" (1973)
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Tales That Witness Madness (1973)
A psychiatrist tells stories of four special cases to a colleague.
IMDB: 5.74 Likes
- Genre: Horror |
- Quality: 720p
- Size: 1.09G
- Resolution: 1280x720 / 23.976 (23976/1000) FPSfps
- Language: English
- Run Time: 90
- IMDB Rating: 5.7/10
- MPR: Normal
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The Synopsis for Tales That Witness Madness (1973) 720p
Dr Tremayne is an enigmatic Psychiatrist running a Futuristic asylum housing four very special cases. Visited by colleague Nicholas, Tremayne explains his amazing and controversial theories as to why each of the four patients went mad... cue four distinct tales each with a different set of characters: 'Mr Tiger' tells of Paul, the sensitive and troubled young son of prosperous but constantly bickering and unlovely parents, and the boy's 'imaginary' friend, a tiger. 'Penny Farthing' tells of Timothy, an antique store owner propelled backwards in time by a penny-farthing bicycle in his shop, all the while being watched over by the constantly changing photograph of Uncle Albert, which endangers the lives of both Timothy and his beautiful wife, Ann. 'Mel' tells of Brian, a man who brings home an old dead tree and prominently displays it in his living room as a work of art. His fiery wife Bella soon becomes jealous of the tree, which the husband has lovingly named Mel, and it seems to be ...
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Reviewed byMike-263Vote: 4/10/10
Tales That Witness Madness (1973)
** (out of 4)
In a futuristic asylum, Dr. Tremayne (Donald Pleasence) is talking toanother doctor (Jack Hawkins) about four of his most troubled patients.As they're each introduced we hear their story of how they went mad. Upfirst we have a young boy who has an imaginary friend who just happensto be a tiger but his mother doesn't believe him. Up next is a man whoowns an antique shop and goes back in time due to a penny-farthingbike. The third story involves a man who finds a human-shaped tree andbrings it home, which doesn't sit well with his wife. The final storyinvolves a man who needs a human sacrifice to protect the soul of hismother. TALES THAT WITNESS MADNESS was directed by Freddie Francis andwas just one of many anthology tales that were released during thisera. While none of the four stories are awful, it's quite clear thatnone of them are very good either. The biggest problem is that all fourstories just never reach a very interesting level and the majority ofthe time you're just sitting there not really caring what's going on.With that said, each story usually has at least one or two good partsno matter how bland the rest is. The fourth story is probably theweakest but there's a murder sequence that is quite brutal. The thirdstory is laughable but there's a tree attack sequence that really seemsto have been lifted by THE EVIL DEAD years later. The film does featurea pretty good cast, including Joan Collins but in the end not even theycan save the material. There's no question that this was trying to getin on the TALES FROM THE CRYPT craze but it's too bad that thescreenplay lets everyone down.
Although often mistaken for an Amicus Production, (creators of most ofthose terrific portmanteu horror films from the 60's and 70's TalesFrom The Crypt, Vault Of Horror etc...), this is actually not relatedto that production company, however, it was directed by Hammer andAmicus stalwart, Freddie Francis. I like Francis as a director, reallydig Joan Collins and love horror anthology movies in general. But itstill took me 3 separate viewings to finish this one. It was just sodull.
Donald Pleasence is dry and monotonous as usual in the framing segmentas he takes another doctor on a tour of the mental hospital where heworks. He introduces him to four patients, each of whom has a "talethat is supposed to witness madness". These include: a young boy withconstantly bickering parents who creates an imaginary playmate - aferocious lion. A man who receives a penny farthing bicycle that is atime machine. Joan Collins and a rotting piece of tree fighting over aman. And a luau party thrown by a woman who does not realize that herown daughter is the sacrificial guest of honor.
None of the four stories were particularly interesting, the wraparoundwas dry and there was little to no gore (not that that is so importantbut at least it would have provided some entertainment). Don't go outof your way to track this one down. It's pretty bad.