Dr. Terrible's House of Horrible

Dr. Terrible's House of Horrible
Dr. Terrible's House of Horrible
Created by Graham Duff
Directed by Matt Lipsey
Starring Steve Coogan
Country of origin United Kingdom United Kingdom
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 6
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Baby Cow Productions
Original channel BBC Two
Original airing 2001

Dr. Terrible's House of Horrible is a British television series, created by Graham Duff, co-written by and starring Steve Coogan. Originally aired on BBC2 in 2001, the programme was designed as an anthology series, in the style of Tales from the Crypt, and lampooned many aspects of the horror genre, homaging the British horror films of Hammer, Amicus and Tigon from the 1960s and 1970s. The title is itself a parody of the Amicus anthology horror film Dr. Terror's House of Horrors.

Dr. Terrible (Coogan) acted as the narrator for each episode, a self-contained spoof of a famous horror movie ('victims' included the Hammer Horror films, Fu Manchu, Witchfinder General and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde). The series also benefitted from guest star appearances from former genre stalwarts such as Honor Blackman, Graham Crowden, Sheila Keith and Angela Pleasence, all satirising their earlier film performances. Other notable guest stars include Mark Gatiss, John Thomson, Simon Pegg, Ronni Ancona, and Warwick Davis.

The six-episode series fell short of expectations, and failed to be recommissioned by the BBC, but has since been released on DVD.

Episode list

3 people trapped in a lift retell their recent nightmares in 1970s London.

Gentleman inventor Nathan Blaze must battle the inscrutable Chinese criminal Hang Man Chan in 1900s London.

  • Curse of the Blood of the Lizard of Doom

Dr. Donald Baxter's experiment with burn victims lead him down a dangerous path as he uses the regenerative powers of lizards on his patients with terrifying results.

  • Lesbian Vampire Lovers of Lust (Hammer Horror parody, especially the Karnstein Trilogy)

Hans Brocken and his lovely new virgin wife Carmina are on their honeymoon when they encounter a castle owned by the mysterious Countess Kronstien. She and her ladies seem unusually interested in Carmina.

A famous ballroom dancer loses his feet to a pair of gigantic scissors. After a quick foot transplant his feet start taking on a murderous mind of their own.

Witch locator Captain Tobias Slater travels the north of England accusing beautiful young women of being witches and to avoid the pyre they must sleep with him, until he runs across a real coven and Slater is cursed.

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