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Doctor Terror’s House of Horrors

The horror anthology is almost as old as cinema itself, originating in Germany with silent expressionist fare like Tales of Terror (1919) (paintings in old curiosity shop come to life and narrate their stories) and Waxworks (1924) (poet concocts tales about exhibits in the titular museum). But the genre was pioneered in English with these American offerings. The first is really a cheat, being an opportunistic (and legally dodgy) compilation of heavily abridged versions of half a dozen thirties horror classics including White Zombie (1932), introduced by the titular Doctor in the portentously fruity tones that would serve this genre well.

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