Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors (1965)

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Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors (1965) Freddie Francis, famed Hammer Horror Film director, showcases a collection of four supernatural tales dealt from Dr. Terror’s tarot cards. The great Peter Cushing plays Dr. Schreck [a name all horror fans know as the actor who created the role of Nosferatu]. The cast includes. among others, Donald Sutherland as a newlywed and Christopher Lee as a snot-nosed art critic. Written by Milton Subotsky, this is the first in a series of horror anthologies from Amicus Films.

 

PROLOGUE

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Tap three times on the Tarot pack to find

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The deepest terror lurking in your mind.

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Deal four cards, with one in reserve for last,

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As if you could ever escape your past.

Your future is here, your future is now,

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Your future is what you will never know.

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INHERITANCE

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An architect on the Scottish isle scans

His former estate for those newest plans

A widow requested who bought his home.

He knocks out two doors to discover the tomb

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Of his clan’s arch-enemy, Valdemar,

A werewolf the widow sealed up with pine tar.

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Inheritance brings with it grievances too.

There’s no accounting for a Folie à deux.

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That silver bullets cannot subdue.

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GARDEN PARTY

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In a vegan’s garden, strange with bamboo,

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Bureaucracy strangles on its kudzu,

 

Which is why recalcitrance writhes in the South

Where uncommon hybrids are treated uncouth.

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Around the family home, vines squeeze vines

Allowing no escape from ancestral lines.

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Soon they will all catch fire in this coven

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As the Ministry of Defense moves in

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To defoliate immigrants with toxins.

 

 

THE CORNET

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Pops followed King Oliver in second line

Whose heritage was less voodoo than shine;

 

His cornet peaked at a soprano topaz.

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No white guy should ever compete in jazz.

 

Magpies thieve the whip-o’-will’s drum reverb

And hock those rhythms on the world wide web.

                        

Hurricane God stifles breath with dark swells

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Of cryptic tremors in tribal groundswells

 

To reclaim black soul from white infidels.

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THE ART CRITIC

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Matthew Arnold developed an aesthetics

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That pitted new work against great classics

To find who belonged in the pantheon

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And who should be run over by a Ford Crown.

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With rigorous hauteur, this expert

Mistook an ape’s painting for high art.

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Ashamed, he took revenge in what he wrote.

The artist’s severed hand reached the critic’s throat;

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For being indifferent, had him choked.

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BRIDE

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She flew off at night, and then she flew back,

Refreshed from some local’s supple neck.


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She had always wanted to have children

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But her husband hated her menstruation.

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He staunchly refused to perform his part,

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And then he drove a spike in her heart.

 

Some blood-sucking doctor confirmed his crime.

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Typical male, he knew whom to blame.

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Nymphomania makes marriage insane.

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EPILOGUE

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Tarots can no more change a ghost channel

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Than charge for sun on a solar panel.

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Wishful thinking from writers tells you this

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To silence censors of neurotic bliss.

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All disembark from their derailed train

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To follow Death through the gloomy rain.

The last Hanged Man card is always the same.

[Disposable Poem October 8, 2016]

Dr. Mike

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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