Torture Garden

The second Amicus horror omnibus and one of the best, with a clever framing device involving Burgess Meredith as a Mephistophelean fairground charlatan who offers clients grisly glimpses of the future, in four Robert Bloch stories which get progressively better until the splendid climax of The Man Who Collected Poe. Terrific performances from Palance as the manic Poe collector who achieves apotheosis by turning himself into a character straight out of one of Poe's more apocalyptic stories, and from Standing as a concert pianist saddled with a murderously possessive grand piano.

Release details

Duration: 93 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Freddie Francis
Screenwriter: Robert Bloch
Cast: Jack Palance
Burgess Meredith
Beverly Adams
Michael Bryant
John Standing
Peter Cushing
Maurice Denham
Robert Hutton
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