Theatre of Blood

Film, Horror

Time Out says

Comedy horror that really does give Vincent Price a chance to do his stuff, with deliciously absurd results. He plays a vilified classical actor driven to mount a series of elaborate Shakespearean charades in which eight drama critics will die: one is decapitated in his bed, another is forced to give a pound of flesh, yet another is drowned in a barrel of wine, and all are subjected beforehand to the manic posturing and rambling of the mad actor romping through a succession of tragic characters with grotesque brilliance. Price's Richard III is enough on its own to make the film worthwhile (as he snakes his way through a cobwebbed corridor in full royal gear, hissing 'Now is the Winter of our discontent...'); but unfortunately the overlong script eventually runs out of steam, and the ending is feeble.

By: DP


Release details

102 mins

Cast and crew

Douglas Hickox
Anthony Greville-Bell
Vincent Price
Diana Rigg
Ian Hendry
Harry Andrews
Coral Browne
Robert Coote
Jack Hawkins
Michael Hordern
Arthur Lowe
Robert Morley
Dennis Price
Diana Dors
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