Dr. Nicholas (Jack Hawkins) arrives at the insane asylum run by theeminent Prof. Tremayne (Donald Pleasence) to hear his absolutelybizarre theories as to how four of his patients ended up there.<br><br>The first is young Paul (Russell Lewis), who lived with quarrellingparents Sam and Fay (Donald Houston, Georgia Brown), and who hadconcocted an imaginary friend dubbed Mr. Tiger. Or is he imaginary?<br><br>Next is Timothy (Peter McEnery), whose newly acquired penny farthing -it's a sort of bicycle - is able to transport him back in time, allwhile a leering portrait of his uncle Albert (Frank Forsyth) watchesover him.<br><br>Then we meet Brian (Michael Jayston), who frustrates his wife Bella(Joan Collins) by bringing home - and falling in love with (I kid younot) - a tree. A creepy looking tree that seems to be named Mel.<br><br>Finally, in the tale that takes up most of the movies' running time,the story of Auriol (Kim Novak) is told. She's having to deal with arebellious daughter, Ginny (Mary Tamm) while entertaining a writernamed Kimo (Michael Petrovitch).<br><br>Only the fourth tale, "Luau", has any real kick to it. And it's anappreciably twisted tale indeed. But overall, the segments of "TalesThat Witness Madness" are bland and lack style. A shame, given thatdirector / cinematographer Freddie Francis *could* do solid work inthis format. Things get a little too silly a little too often,especially in the sequence with Brian and Bella, and the endings arerather predictable. Certainly this excellent cast of familiar facesdoes some good work; Pleasence is a pleasure to watch as always. Andthe movies' final moments come complete with yet another twist beforethe end credits start rolling.<br><br>However, if you're looking for a good horror anthology from thisperiod, check out "Asylum" or "Tales from the Crypt" instead.<br><br>Five out of 10.
Tales That Witness Madness
Tales That Witness Madness
Dr Tremayne is an enigmatic Psychiatrist running a Futuristic asylum housing four very special cases. Visited by colleague Nicholas, Tremayne explains his amazing and controversial theories as to why each of the four patients went mad... cue four distinct tales each with a different set of characters: 'Mr Tiger' tells of Paul, the sensitive and troubled young son of prosperous but constantly bickering and unlovely parents, and the boy's 'imaginary' friend, a tiger. 'Penny Farthing' tells of Timothy, an antique store owner propelled backwards in time by a penny-farthing bicycle in his shop, all the while being watched over by the constantly changing photograph of Uncle Albert, which endangers the lives of both Timothy and his beautiful wife, Ann. 'Mel' tells of Brian, a man who brings home an old dead tree and prominently displays it in his living room as a work of art. His fiery wife Bella soon becomes jealous of the tree, which the husband has lovingly named Mel, and it seems to be ...
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