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Blood Fiend (1967)
"Theatre of Death" (original title)

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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 ... See full summary »

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Cast

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Charles Marquis
Lelia Goldoni ...
Dani Gireaux
Jenny Till ...
Nicole Chapelle
Evelyn Laye ...
Madame Angelique
Ivor Dean ...
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 <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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The bood fiend will disgust and repel those to weak to share a living nightmare of the bizarre! See more »


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November 1967 (USA)  »

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Director Sam Gallu, who once sang tenor for Toscanini, and star Chris Lee hurled snatches of arias at each other between takes. See more »

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References The Whip and the Body (1963) See more »

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Shock Treatment
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Music by Trevor Duncan
Josef Weinberger Ltd
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MOODY, STYLISH BRIT THRILLER
22 July 2002 | by (NYC) – See all my reviews

I'm usually drawn to certain films by the mood and "feel" they create. By this, I mean the filmmakers' ability to draw the viewer into the story, to envelope the viewer in the proceedings and to suspend disbelief long enough to overlook any gaps in logic and storyline. THEATRE OF DEATH is one such film. Though set in the GRAND GUIGNOL of Paris, this film oozes with Swingin' London. Sort of an audience-friendly PERFORMANCE. It is a shame that this film isn't well remembered. It hits all the right notes, thanks to a fine cast, brisk dialogue, effective score. Though filmed on a modest budget, one would hardly notice thanks to inventive art direction and glorious photography by veteran cameraman Gilbert Taylor. Taylor was a pro's pro who worked with some of the best in the business (Hitchcock, Kubrick, Polanski, Richard Lester, George Lucas, Richard Donner, etc.) Finally, there's Christopher Lee. Lee is a stud!!! That is all I have to say.

A special mention goes out to the good folks at Anchor Bay Video for releasing a pristine Techniscope print of ToD. This is a vast improvement over the cropped Republic Video VHS cassette. This release includes an 11-minute interview with the stud Lee, a trailer, and some hilarious radio spots (it was released in the US as BLOODFIEND in a quadruple bill with similarly-titled, grade-z fair). 3 out of 4.


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