Chamber of Horrors (1966 film)

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Chamber of Horrors
Directed byHy Averback
Produced byHy Averback
Written byStephen Kandel
Narrated byWilliam Conrad
Music byWilliam Lava
CinematographyRichard H. Kline
Edited byDavid Wages
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Running time
99 min.
CountryUnited States

Chamber of Horrors is a 1966 horror film directed by Hy Averback and starring Patrick O'Neal, Cesare Danova, Wilfrid Hyde-White, Wayne Rogers and Laura Devon. The screenplay is by Stephen Kandel, from a story by Kandel and Ray Russell.

The film was released to theatres but was originally shot as a television movie[1] and a pilot film for a proposed series called House of Wax.[2]


Danova and Hyde-White are proprietors of a wax museum in Baltimore who are also amateur sleuths. They are drawn into the investigation of Jason Cravette (O'Neal), an insane murderer who kills a woman and then "marries" her. They help the police capture him, but he escapes and vows vengeance on all who "betrayed" him.

The film used the gimmicks of the Fear Flasher[clarification needed] and the Horror Horn[clarification needed] to alert viewers to grisly moments.[1] The film was released theatrically because it was too intense for television.[2] The gimmicks were added (along with a few star cameos like Tony Curtis, Suzy Parker, and Marie Windsor) to increase the running time. There are plot similarities between this and Dark Intruder, which was released the previous year.

The film is narrated by William Conrad.

Video Release[edit]

Chamber of Horrors was released on DVD by Warner Home Video in September, 2008 with a co-feature, The Brides of Fu Manchu.[3]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Allmovie, via, accessed 29 September 2008.[dead link]
  2. ^ a b Archived June 26, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^, accessed 29 September 2008.

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