House of a Thousand Dolls (1967)

House of a Thousand Dolls is a pretty drab thriller that promises a lot more than it delivers.

Posted January 31, 2013 by
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House of 1000 Dolls

 
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Director(s): Jeremy Summers
 
Writer(s): Harry Alan Towers
 
Starring: Vincent Price, Martha Hyer, George Nader
 
Genre: Crime | Drama | Mystery
 
Synopsis: Women are being taken against their will from around Europe and forced into prostitution at the House of 1,000 Dolls!
 
US Release Date: 13 March 1968
 
UK DVD Release: 28 January 2013
 
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Peaks


The magic show around the half way point is fairly entertaining.

Troughs


Incredibly dull action scenes.


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Our Film Review:

Vincent Price headlines this thriller as magician Manderville by day and the leader of an illicit prostitution ring by night. On paper this concept sounds great, on film, unfortunately, it’s not.

The film’s problems start early, with what initially seems like main characters being introduced and killed off in quick succession and because of this it’s very difficult to find a character to relate to. By the time the actual lead character (a bored looking George Nader) is introduced it’s a little late. You will struggle to engage with him and the possibility of his imminent death will be at the forefront of your mind.

Whilst the film contains a couple of half decent set pieces, the magic show about halfway through is about the best it gets, for the most part it’s frankly just a little dull. Not a great deal seems to happen and you will most likely find yourself looking at your watch a lot.

Bits of the film make absolutely no sense. One particular example is the ridiculously long and utterly tedious foot chase sequence that ends with the bad guys catching our hero, only to invite him into another trap where they intend to kill him at a later juncture. Why not just kill him there or, better yet, spare us the entire sequence?

The actors aren’t great throughout and it’s fair to say that this is not one of the better Vincent Price performances, here he simply plays a by-the-numbers villain. There is no one person who stands out as the whole cast clearly have little interest in the events transpiring around them.

Overall it’s a pretty lackluster affair that is difficult to recommend to anyone other than Vincent Price completists. It’s a shame because in better hands this would have had potential to be a decent enough little thriller, not the boredom inducing work we ended up with here.


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    BIG RAY 8000

    i totally disagree with your assessment. price’s performance was great as usual
    while not the greatest film it was still worth seeing.maybe you should watch theater of blood and see what happens to those who critize his work. ha ha ha ha!





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