Theatre of Blood

Theatre of Blood

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Director: Douglas Hickox

Cast: Douglas Hickox, Vincent Price, Diana Rigg, Ian Hendry

     
 

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The darkly comic and sometimes quite gory Theatre of Blood is a vehicle tailor-made for its star Vincent Price, brilliantly capitalizing on his reputation as a master of period horror drawn from "literary" sources. Price portrays Shakespearean actor Edward Lionheart, who becomes enraged after losing a prominent acting award and decides to seek revenge on theSee more details below

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The darkly comic and sometimes quite gory Theatre of Blood is a vehicle tailor-made for its star Vincent Price, brilliantly capitalizing on his reputation as a master of period horror drawn from "literary" sources. Price portrays Shakespearean actor Edward Lionheart, who becomes enraged after losing a prominent acting award and decides to seek revenge on the critics responsible. Fittingly, he using the works of the Bard as a guide, basing his killings on violent scenes from Shakespearean plays. Price takes full advantage of his meaty role, ominously reciting classic Elizabethan monologues while rigging particularly nasty torture devices. This hilarious turn is assisted by a colorful supporting cast, including Robert Morley, Richard Coote, and Michael Hordern as critics and Diana Rigg as Lionheart's devoted daughter and partner in crime. The end result is a wonderfully evil lark that, in its own way, proves surprisingly faithful to the often bloody spirit of Shakespeare; certainly the full implications of Shylock's demand for a "pound of flesh" have rarely been made quite as explicit.

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All Movie Guide - Robert Firsching
Vincent Price obviously had a great time making this wickedly funny horror-comedy, and his exuberance carried over to the rest of the cast. Price is Edward Lionheart, a deluded Shakespearean actor who believes that the local critics' circle robbed him of an acting award he deserved. Presumed dead after a suicide attempt, Price dons a variety of disguises -- from a masseuse to a gay hairdresser -- in order to make sure the critics meet gruesome deaths based on those in Shakespearean plays. One critic is decapitated in his bed (Cymbeline), another has a pound of flesh removed (The Merchant of Venice), a third is tricked into killing his wife (Othello), and in the most elaborate set-up, the effeminate Robert Morley is forced to eat his beloved poodles baked in pies a la Titus Andronicus. Price attacks his role with gusto, switching roles and disguises in the tour-de-force of his career, while Douglas Hickox (Zulu Dawn) directs with more flair than is usually seen in British horror. This cult favorite is a real treat, and -- especially for actors -- a deliciously vicarious revenge.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/15/2002
UPC:
0089218320094
Original Release:
1973
Rating:
R
Source:
Alpha Video
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
1:43:00

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Vincent Price Edward Lionheart
Diana Rigg Edwina Lionheart
Ian Hendry Peregrine Devlin
Harry Andrews Trevor Dickman
Coral Browne Chlose Moon
Brigid Erin Bates Agnes
Stanley Bates 7th Meths Drinker
Jack Maguire 2nd Meths Drinker
Bunny Reed 1st Policeman
Robert Coote Oliver Larding
Diana Dors Mrs. Psaltery
Eric Francis "Meths Drinker"
Madeline Smith Rosemary
Tony Calvin Police Photographer
John Gilpin 4th Meths Drinker
Jack Hawkins Solomon Psaltery
Joan Hickson Mrs. Sprout
Michael Hordern George Maxwell
Tutte Lemkow 1st Meths Drinker
Arthur Lowe Horace Sprout
Robert Morley Meredith Merridew
Milo O'Shea Inspector Boot
Dennis Price Hector Snipe
Eric Sykes Sgt. Dogge
Peter Thornton 2nd Policeman
Renée Ashershon Mrs. Maxwell
Declan Mulholland 8th Meths Drinker

Technical Credits
Douglas Hickox Director
Michael Baldwin Costumes/Costume Designer
Gustave Berne Producer
Malcolm Cooke Editor
Anthony Greville-Bell Screenwriter
Simon Kaye Sound/Sound Designer
John Kohn Producer
Tutte Lemkow Choreography
Michael J. Lewis Score Composer
Stanley Mann Producer
Ann Mollo Set Decoration/Design
Dominic Pulford Asst. Director
Michael Seymour Production Designer
John Stears Special Effects
Wolfgang Suschitzky Cinematographer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Index
2. Chapter 1 [23:15]
3. Chapter 2 [16:07]
4. Chapter 3 [28:41]
5. Chapter 4 [15:22]

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