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Blood Fiend (1967)

Theatre of Death (original title)
The Theatre of Death in Paris specialises in horror presentations. A police surgeon finds himself becoming involved in the place through his attraction to one of the performers. When ... See full summary »

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Cast

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Philippe Darvas
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Charles Marquis
Lelia Goldoni ...
Dani Gireaux
Jenny Till ...
Nicole Chapelle
Evelyn Laye ...
Madame Angelique
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Inspector Micheaud
Joseph Fürst ...
Karl Schiller (as Joseph Furst)
Betty Woolfe ...
Colette
Leslie Handford ...
Joseph
Fraser Kerr ...
Pierre
Dilys Watling ...
Heidi
Steve Plytas ...
Andre, Patron of Cafe
Miki Iveria ...
Patron's Wife
Terence Soall ...
Ferdi
Ester Anderson ...
La Poule (as Esther Anderson)
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The Theatre of Death in Paris specialises in horror presentations. A police surgeon finds himself becoming involved in the place through his attraction to one of the performers. When bloodless bodies start showing up all over town he realises there could be links with the theatre. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Where Acting Can Be Murder. See more »


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November 1967 (USA)  »

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Blood Fiend  »

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Jenny Till receives an "introducing" credit. See more »

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References Le journal d'un fou (1963) See more »

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Shock Treatment
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Music by Trevor Duncan
Josef Weinberger Ltd
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UK-lensed giallo struggles to make an impact
26 January 2005 | by See all my reviews

THEATRE OF DEATH

Aspect ratio: 2.35:1 (Techniscope)

Sound format: Mono

Members of a Parisian Grand Guignol theatre fall under suspicion when the opening of their latest play - featuring a vampire - coincides with a series of murders in which the victims are drained of blood.

Timid shocker, the feature debut of noted playwright and TV/radio producer Samuel Gallu ("Give 'Em Hell, Harry!"). While the theatrical milieu evokes a Gothic tone, the script unfolds like a UK variation on BLOOD AND BLACK LACE (1964), in which a series of crimes are traced back to a playhouse run by Christopher Lee, an unpleasant Svengali-like character whose sinister demeanour pegs him as an obvious suspect right from the start (which means he's clearly innocent - or does it?). Lee's strengths as an actor are foregrounded during a handful of scenes in which he spars with performers of equal dramatic stature, especially former singing star Evelyn Laye as the theatre's owner, who tolerates Lee's eccentricities for commercial reasons, and talented starlet Lelia Goldoni (HYSTERIA) as the heroine with a dubious history of mental illness who falls under suspicion when Lee goes missing halfway through the picture (or does he?). Jenny Till and Julian Glover are OK in crucial supporting roles. However, the busy plot is stifled by a lack of urgency in Gallu's direction, and Gilbert Taylor's expansive cinematography is slightly compromised by the switch from formal compositions to hand-held anarchy during major (and sometimes not-so-major) set-pieces. Originally released in the US as BLOOD FIEND.


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