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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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Philippe Darvas
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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 {J-26}

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

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Featured in Film Review: Horror (1968) See more »

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Shock Treatment
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Music by Trevor Duncan
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Very stylish and good looking Brit horror/mystery
17 February 2014 | by (Edinburgh, Scotland, UK) – See all my reviews

Theatre of Death is a pretty below the radar example of British horror. It rarely seems to get much of a mention and is relatively unknown. Having just seen it I have to say that this is a somewhat unfair situation. On the face of it, it is quite similar in terms of subject matter to a Hammer film. But in reality it has more in common with a super-stylish Italian flick from the period, like the kind of thing Mario Bava might have directed. The reason for this is that, while it stars Hammer regular Christopher Lee and has a horror based story, it is set in chic Paris and, more importantly, it looks absolutely gorgeous. The art direction really is rather fine, with nice décor and exceptional use of colours, especially red and black. And most significant of all is the sumptuous cinematography by Gilbert Taylor. It may be a low budget movie but it looks absolutely great and that kind of craftsmanship counts for a lot in my book.

The setting is a theatre based on the famous Grand Guignol of Paris. This was a place that put on macabre and gory plays. It operated for decades and had something of a reputation. Likewise in Theatre of Death the plays on offer are of the dark and sinister kind. We have a nice set-piece to enjoy of one such example, 'The Witches of Salem'. Lee plays the intense, sadistic theatre director and he comes under suspicion when a series of serial killings occur that have all the hallmarks of a vampire attack. From here on in several of the cast attempt to solve this mystery and get to the bottom of these gruesome murders. It all winds up with a climax in the theatre during a particularly impressively erotic voodoo dance sequence. It's a stylish ending to a great looking movie. This is a film that definitely deserves far more recognition.


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