House of 1000 Dolls (1967) | Undressing the Vincent Price Euro thriller

House of 1000 Dolls

The dolls in this 1967 Euro thriller about modern-day white slavery are a bevy of lingerie-clad beauties – 12 or so, not 1000 – being held captive in a Tangiers mansion. Vincent Price and Martha Hyer use their magic act as cover for the abductions, which they do on behalf of the mysterious King of Hearts. George Nader (aka Rock Hudson’s former lover) plays a detective whose investigation into a friend’s murder leads him to the dollhouse.

Vincent Price in House of 1000 Dolls

One can only imagine how this Euro thriller – and guilty pleasure – would have turned out had Hammer’s Terence Fisher not fallen ill before shooting the original Victorian adventure script. Instead, producer Harry Alan Towers wrote a screenplay which puts his real-life wife (Maria Rohm) in as many scenes as possible and reduces Vincent Price to a supporting role. At least the iconic star gets a memorable death scene. The film premiered in the US on November 8 1967 before going on general release in March 1968. For a full review, check out The Sound of Vincent Price blog.

The UK DVD release from Mediumrare Entertainment features a lovely print and a gallery of on-set photos (mainly of Maria Rohm), and will be of interest to both Price fans and vintage exploitation cinema enthusiasts.

House of 1000 Dolls also screens on CBS Action (Sky 148, Virgin 192) today (29 December) at 10.55pm; and on The Horror Channel (Sky 319, Virgin 149) on Monday 6 January 2014 at 2.25am.


About Peter Fuller

Peter Fuller is an award-winning print, radio and television journalist and producer, with over 30 years experience covering film and television, with a special interest in world cinema and popular culture. He is a leading expert on the life and career of Vincent Price and actively promotes the actor's legacy through publications, websites and special events.

Posted on December 29, 2013, in Eurotika, Exploitation, Might See, Might-See, The Vincent Price Collection and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. From what I recall, Nader is told by the policeman to not get involved but he will not comply, gets antagonistic with the cop, and starts his own investigation. The actress who runs the house was styled like Audrey Campbell from Joseph Mawra’s Olga series unless that’s a generic Lesbian BDSM look. I did feel gyped as there’s only about 14 dolls, not 1000. Nader made a few movies for Towers but what the heck is Martha Hyer doing in this?

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