Dr. Terrible's House of Horrible

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  • 2001
  • 1 Season
  • 7.3  (583)

Dr. Terrible's House of Horrible was a British comedy horror anthology series that premiered on BBC Two in 2001. The show was created and produced by Steve Coogan, best known for his work on the British comedy series, "The Day Today" and "I'm Alan Partridge". Coogan also starred in each episode of the show as the titular character, Dr. Terrible.

The series was a parody of classic horror anthology shows like "The Twilight Zone" and "Tales from the Crypt", and each episode was a self-contained story with its own unique twist. The show's tone was intentionally campy and over-the-top, with a gleeful disregard for traditional horror tropes.

Each episode of the show featured a different story with a different cast of characters. The episodes ranged in tone from comedic to genuinely creepy, with a healthy dose of gore and violence throughout. Despite the show's often gruesome subject matter, it was always played for laughs, and Coogan's manic energy and spot-on comedic timing helped to keep things light.

Some of the standout episodes from the series include "Curse of the Blood of the Lizard of Doom", in which an archaeologist accidentally unleashes a curse upon himself and his colleagues; "Scream Satan Scream!", which sees a group of teenagers accidentally summoning Satan during a game of Ouija; and "Frenzy of Tongs", a send-up of kung-fu movies that sees Coogan playing an evil mastermind who is challenged to a fight by a group of skilled martial artists.

One of the show's strengths was its ability to incorporate a wide range of horror sub-genres into its episodes. In addition to the more traditional horror tropes like ghosts, vampires, and monsters, the show also tackled more obscure topics like cursed artifacts, demonic possession, and even killer plants.

Another key element of the show's success was its self-awareness. Dr. Terrible frequently broke the fourth wall to comment on the ridiculousness of the stories, and the show's writers clearly had a deep love for the horror genre, despite their willingness to poke fun at it.

Despite its short run (the show only lasted for one season), "Dr. Terrible's House of Horrible" remains a cult classic among horror and comedy fans. Its blend of humor and horror was ahead of its time, and its willingness to take risks and break conventions helped to establish Coogan as one of the most daring and innovative comedic voices of his generation.

Dr. Terrible's House of Horrible is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (6 episodes). The series first aired on December 17, 2001.

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Scream Satan Scream
6. Scream Satan Scream
November 12, 2001
Eponymous narrator Dr Terrible introduces the wickedly comic tale of a 1645 Blackburn witchhunt. Captain Tobias Slater Witch Locator is selflessly dedicated to the twin pursuits of witchburning and wench-bedding until the day he comes across a real coven of three evil sisters.
Voodoo Feat of Death
5. Voodoo Feat of Death
November 12, 2011
Dr. Terrible introduces a tale of voodoo, death and dancing. It's Thirties London when World Champion ballroom dancer Lester Crown finds his career cut cruelly short when he loses both of his feet in a freak accident with a giant pair of scissors. Lester finds himself helpless, when his new replacement feet take on an evil life of their own, hell-bent on murder and mayhem.
And Now the Fearing
4. And Now the Fearing
December 3, 2001
Demonic narrator Dr. Terrible (Steve Coogan) introduces another spooky tale which pays homage to best of British horror films. Set in London in 1972, property developer Denham, columnist Stephanie Wise and revolutionary architect Michael Mastersfind themselves trapped in a lift where their dreams become their worst nightmares.
Curse of the Blood of the Lizard of Doom
3. Curse of the Blood of the Lizard of Doom
November 19, 2001
The eponymous Dr Terrible presents a chilling account of reptiles and recrimination. It's Edinburgh in the 1880's and Dr Donald Baxter (Steve Coogan) is desperately searching for a cure for the common burn. But his quest sends him spiralling on a fatal collision-course with his past. Featuring guest appearances from Simon Pegg and Graham Crowden.
Frenzy of Tongs
2. Frenzy of Tongs
November 26, 2001
Demonic narrator Dr Terrible introduces a wickedly comic tale paying homage to the best of Britishhorror films. Set in Limehouse, London, in 1911, Frenzy Of Tongs sees inventor and gentleman adventurer, Nathan Blaze (Steve Coogan), lock horns with Hang Man Chang (Mark Gatiss, The League Of Gentlemen), would-be Emperor of the Free World, in a tale of opium, revenge and crabs.
Lesbian Vampire Lovers of Lust
1. Lesbian Vampire Lovers of Lust
December 17, 2001
Steve Coogan narrates a gruesome tale that sees Captain Hans Broken and his beautiful bride trapped in a remote castle at the mercy of luscious undead ladies.
Where to Watch Dr. Terrible's House of Horrible
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  • Premiere Date
    December 17, 2001
  • IMDB Rating
    7.3  (583)