Theatre of Blood

Theatre of Blood

Director: Douglas Hickox Cast: Vincent Price, Diana Rigg, Ian Hendry
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Theater of Blood 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Vincent Price tweaks his image in this fun bit of high culture/camp, mixing his `Abominable Dr. Phibes' with the Bard of Avon. Price is Edwin Lionheart, a Shakesperean actor convinced of his own greatness even if the critics are not. When they deny him a coveted award, he commits a highly theatrical suicide _ or not. The critics start dying in ways ripped from the pages of Shakespeare. It's a very upper-crust splatter fest. As Lionheart exacts his revenge, he plays Shakespearean scenes with just the right winking level of hamminess. Robert Morley and Coral Browne, Price's wife, are among the notable victims, while Milo O'Shea has a sharp turn as a dull copper. Ian Hendry is Price's foil as the most reasonable of the critically endangered species of critics. The two have a spectacular and hilarious duel in a gymnasium, complete with trampolines. As Lionheart's daughter, Diana Rigg gets particular help from wardrobe. Even when Edwina Lionheart is low-key, her costumes as as flamboyant as her father's acting: tight tops that make it obvious that Diana Rigg is too small to need a bra, and short skirts that show off her long legs. Her costumes get even more over the top as Rigg dons male drag, looking at once convincing and silly. Just as strikingly, Rigg draws on her Shakespearean background to play scenes straight, and her graceful readings make a nice counterpoint to Lionheart. While adults may feel good about swallowing a dollop of culture with their chills, this movie is too intense for younger children. And it really, really helps if you like Vincent Price, because you'll see plenty of him, dead or not.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Theater of Blood is made great by Vincent Price's portrayal of Edward Lionheart, a Shakespearean actor who believes he was cheated out of a prestigious stage actors award by the critics who decided the winner. He soon commits suicide but his body is never found and thats when the killing begins. Lionheart begins to kill off the critics one by one with the help of a mysterious man. His daughter, played by the wonderful Diana Rigg, is also seen as a suspect by the police as they try to hunt Lionheart down. All in all this movie is one of Vincent Price's best and desrves to be recognized as a slasher classic.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Stylish horror specialist Vincent Price unleashes his Dr. Phibes formula on the Bard of Avon in this campy but intriguing thriller. Although strictly low budget, this movie crams a Shakespeare festival's worth of Britain's top character actors into supporting roles. Through it all, Price plays a sly take on himself, a successful actor considered far too low-brow for top-flight honors from class-conscious critics. As Edwin Lionheart, Price gets to hurl himself to his death _ or not _ before a group of these stuffy wordsmiths. Time passes, and takes more of a toll than might be expected on the great man's persecutors. The critics beginning dying in dramatic ways, torn from the bloody pages of Shakespeare's plays. As the murders unspool, Price gets a chance to wink his way through some of the bard's most unsettling set pieces. He's excellent as a man who aspires to greatness and thinks he's achieved it. The aforementioned fine supporting cast have less to do, but do it well as the individual critics are bumped off in a series of vignettes. Robert Morley is a particular hoot, and look for Price's wife Coral Browne. What plot continuity there is comes from Ian Hendry as the most reasonable of the critics, as well as Milo O'Shea as the policeman more-or-less on the case. In another version, Hendry's Peregrine Devlin might be the hero, but he's definitely second-fiddle to Lionheart here. As Lionheart's daughter Edwina, Diana Rigg brings her Shakespearean training to bear, suavely complementing Price despite going through some drastic costume changes. Good is not the right word for how Rigg looks in 1970s wigs, white vinyl go-go boots, heavily padded bras or braless and shapeless, but sex is not the issue here. This is a bloodfest, with Price taking the audience's pulse. There's a bit of "legitimate" theatre sprinkled over the spatter, but this is a popcorn movie. Price fans will eat it up, although the gore might put a few viewers off their feed.