House That Dripped Blood

The House That Dripped Blood

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Director: Peter Duffell

Cast: Chloe Franks, Joanna Lumley, Denholm Elliott

     
 

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This anthology picture about a bad-luck mansion is a thriller with four episodes--all framed by a police investigation. A review of the files of the local policeman (John Bennett) shows that everyone who has owned the mansion has died in a horrible fashion. In the first episode, "Method for Murder," the obsessions of a mystery writer (Denholm Elliott) provide his wife

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This anthology picture about a bad-luck mansion is a thriller with four episodes--all framed by a police investigation. A review of the files of the local policeman (John Bennett) shows that everyone who has owned the mansion has died in a horrible fashion. In the first episode, "Method for Murder," the obsessions of a mystery writer (Denholm Elliott) provide his wife with an opportunity to do him in. In the second, "Waxworks," Peter Cushing is the unhappy recipient of the attentions of a jealous husband. The third, "Sweets to the Sweet," has Christopher Lee fall victim to his charming little daughter, who plays with voodoo dolls. In "The Cloak," Jon Pertwee (best known for his TV portrayal of Dr. Who) is a horror-film star who insists on authenticity in his costumes. Somehow, he is given the cloak of a real vampire, with humorously ghoulish results.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
The House That Dripped Blood is a solid example of the Amicus horror anthology. Robert Bloch's stories don't hit the viewer hard, instead relying on imagination and subtlety to achieve their effect. The end result in every case is a chill instead of a shock but the sheer craft of the whole affair can be quite pleasurable for horror fans: director Peter Duffell gives the stories an old-fashioned sense of spooky atmosphere and Bloch's stories move with the precision and the spare quality one would expect from a veteran storyteller. However, the big appeal of The House That Dripped Blood is its cast: Peter Cushing is touching as a lonely man tormented by memories of a lost love, Christopher Lee is a gruff delight as a seemingly cruel father who may have good reasons to be chilly towards his daughter and Jon Pertwee steals the show as an egomaniacal horror star whose flair for the theatrical might be his undoing. The end result may leave those weaned on rough-and-tumble horror fare nonplussed but fans of old-fashioned spookiness will find The House That Dripped Blood an enjoyable exercise in old-school horror storytelling.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/26/2013
UPC:
0759731414722
Original Release:
1971
Rating:
PG
Source:
Henstooth Video
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:42:00
Sales rank:
12,804

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Chloe Franks Jane
Joanna Lumley Actor
Denholm Elliott Charles
Joanna Dunham Alice
Tom Adams Dominick
Peter Cushing Philip
Christopher Lee Reid
Jon Pertwee Paul
John Bennett Insp. Holloway
Robert Lang Psychiatrist
Joss Ackland Jonas Rogers
Wolfe Morris Waxworks Owner
Nyree Dawn Porter Ann
Ingrid Pitt Carla
Geoffrey Bayldon Von Hartmann
John Bryans Stoker
John Malcolm Police Sergeant Martin

Technical Credits
Peter Duffell Director
Robert Bloch Screenwriter
Tony Curtis Art Director
Michael Dress Score Composer
Harry Frampton Makeup
Peter Frampton Makeup
Ray Parslow Cinematographer
Ken Ritchie Sound/Sound Designer
Max Rosenberg Producer
Milton Subotsky Producer
Peter Tanner Editor

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The House That Dripped Blood
1. Start [7:02]
2. The Writer [10:16]
3. See A Doctor [9:40]
4. Stock Broker [9:19]
5. Friends? [10:53]
6. A Dangerous Man [8:38]
7. Alice In Wonderland [8:11]
8. Witchcraft [9:31]
9. The Film Star [6:01]
10. Vampire's Cloak [6:23]
11. Midnight Hour [7:36]
12. Another Chance [7:42]

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The House That Dripped Blood 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Blurry, noisy transfer. Why didn't Henstooth remaster this, include extras, or make it a cleaned up Blu Ray? Wish Severin had done this as originally planned. Henstooth did a crummy job of it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago