Tales That Witness Madness-Mystery Stories (1973)
Donald Pleasence, Joan Collins, Kim Novak, Jack Hawkins
World Film Services, Paramount Pictures
1 Hour and 30 Minutes (90 Minutes)
An orgy of the damned!
The era that was very fashionable the vertebrate horror films and the British bombed us Amicus Productions with some fine specimens of this class, made her appearance and a now forgotten World Film Production Services with the name of the cult horror Director Freddie Francis and a super team of actors to stand out in the credits. The name of this film foreshadows the modular nature and leaves promises something great considering the above. In "Tales That Witness Madness" well we are lucky enough to see the same film two big names of British cinema, Jack Hawkins and Donald Pleasence to starring in the story "trunk" and the always dazzling Kim Novak in one of the stories. On the other hand, we have the misfortune to see stories below expectations left mixed impressions. Structurally the concept is similar to that of "Asylum" (1972) of Amicus. All stories are stories of an ambitious psychiatrist in a colleague during the night in a futuristic psychiatric institution. Each narrative concerns the personal story of one patient and is caught in the institution demonstrates every time in skeptical colleague. Let's see in detail yet …
Mr Tiger: in the inaugural story the main character is a young boy who claims that makes friends with a … Tiger (!) which visits every night in his room. His parents stood there-who incidentally are accustomed to fighting-not believe and try to bring him … but their attempt is crowned by … bloodshed!
Penny Farthing: An antique shop owner obtains an array – portrait of "Uncle Albert" and an old-style bike. With a metaphysical way the shopkeeper Uncle Albert is forced to humping the bicycle which takes in an earlier era, apparently in the age of Albert. The trip, however, will have disastrous results for the tradesman and the girlfriend.
Mel: when Brian brings home a part of dead tree that resembles human body and especially female, develops a dangerous game of jealousy between the tree and his wife. A game that can take fatal dimensions. Yes but for whom?
Luau: A lustful investee (Kim Novak) trying to ' throw ' love her new client. The young and handsome guy but seems to prefer her daughter. However, the interest is apparent, with the mysterious man designing something really devilish to unsuspecting girl!
The Novak replaced Rita Hayworth when he started the production of the film "Tales That Witness Madness". It is also the last film by Jack Hawkins as the great actress left us shortly after the shooting …
From the stories I selected 1 for the crazy story of and the 3rd for the authentic atmosphere of jealousy that develops but generally not all meet the high expectations that creates the sound of the film. Lack of particular inspiration and depth, while the first ending too soon although there was room for some growth still. Each story can be distinguish by sampling some element but none feel fully satisfied. The duo of psychiatrwn and Pleasence Hawkins essentially keeps the interest with the second questioning continuously the new theories of the first while the finale was built ideally offering moments of escalating suspense and surprises compensating us for moderate ' storytelling ' Tales That Witness Madness ".
Tales That Witness Madness
- The bloody finale of the first history and generally good but unfinished idea.
- The scary look of Uncle Albert on the table from the 2nd story.
- The intense feeling sexual jealousy in the 3rd story.
- Τhe unexpected finale.
5 = Ατελείωτο λουτρό αίματος - 4 = Πολύ αιματοβαμμένο - 3 = Αιματοβαμμένο - 2 = Ελάχιστα αιματοβαμμένο - 1 = Σταγόνες αίματος - 0 = Ανυπαρξία αίματος
5 = Αριστουργηματικό! - 4 = Πολύ καλό - 3 = Καλό - 2,5 = Μέτριο - 2 = Κακό - 1 = Πολύ κακό - 0 = Δεν βλέπεται με τίποτα!
Great actors, good chemistry of twin Pleasence – Hawkins, the original horror atmosphere of magical 70s.
Mediocre, inferior expectations stories, with occasional exceptions.