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The management feels that it would be a little unkind to present a selection from this article without just a word of friendly warning. We are about to unfold a mere one-tenth, just six of our set of 60 instances of pure terror, distilled from the great catalogue of TV and film Horror. These are some of the strangest tales ever told. We think they may thrill you. They may shock you. They might even horrify you. So if you feel that you don’t want to submit your nerves to the strain, well… we warned you!
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The Phantom of the Opera
(Rupert Julian 1925; with Lon Chaney, Mary Philbin) “Feast your eyes, glut your soul on my accursed ugliness!” Fledgling diva Christine Daae finds her curiosity getting the better of her when she tears off the mask of her shadowy mentor…


Mystery of the Wax Museum
(Michael Curtiz 1932; with Lionel Atwill, Fay Wray) Deranged sculptor Ivan Igor has captured the beautiful Charlotte, intending to cover her with wax and exhibit her in his museum. She smashes at Igor’s face, which instantly splits, revealing the horror beneath…


Dead of Night
(Alberto Cavalcanti 1945; with Michael Redgrave) Ventriloquist Maxwell Frere has destroyed his dominant dummy Hugo but, confined to a hospital bed, addresses well-wishers in Hugo’s cracked castrato tones.
The Masque of the Red Death
(Roger Corman 1963; with Vincent Price, John Westbrook)
The sybaritic Prince Prospero, outraged at the intrusion into his masked ball of a mysterious red-robed figure, snatches away its mask to reveal his own face. “Why should you be afraid to die?” the Red Death asks him. “Your soul has been dead a long time.”


Der Student von Prag [The Student of Prague]
(Henrik Galeen 1926; with Conrad Veidt and Conrad Veidt)
Having sold his soul to the Devil, the student Baldwin finds that his mirror image has an independent life, pursuing him wherever he goes. At the height of a storm, with huge trees swaying wildly in the wind, Baldwin tries in vain to kill his tormentor. When he flees to a nearby house and raps desperately on the door, it is his implacable shadow which answers it...
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Le Locataire [The Tenant]
(Roman Polanski 1975; with Roman Polanski, Isabelle Adjani)
Having twice thrown himself from a window of his Paris apartment block, ferrety outsider Trelkovski ends up prone in a hospital bed and swathed in bandages except for one exposed eye. His friend Stella comes to visit, and when Trelkovski sees that the man accompanying her is himself, his shriek of horror and despair is truly bone-freezing.