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Christopher Lee ... Philippe Darvas

Julian Glover ... 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)
Peter Cleall ... Jean (as Peter Cleoll)
Suzanne Owens-Duval ... Girl On Scooter (as Suzanne Owens)
Julie Mendez ... Belly Dancer
Lita Scott ... Voodoo Dancer
Evrol Puckerin ... Voodoo Dancer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Harold Coyne ... Performer Backstage (uncredited)
Fred Wood ... Audience Member (Far Right) (uncredited)

Directed by
Samuel Gallu 
Writing credits
Ellis Kadison (screenplay) and
Roger Marshall (screenplay)

Produced by
William J. Gell .... executive producer (as William Gell)
E.M. Smedley-Aston .... producer (as M. Smedley Aston)
Original Music by
Elisabeth Lutyens 
Cinematography by
Gilbert Taylor (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Barrie Vince 
Art Direction by
Peter Proud 
Makeup Department
Elsie Alder .... hair stylist
Jill Carpenter .... makeup artist
Production Management
Alfred W. Marcus .... production manager (as Al Marcus)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Eric Rattray .... assistant director
Jack N. Green .... third assistant director (uncredited)
Ron Jackson .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Pat Marsden .... first assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Kenneth McCallum Tait .... set dresser (as K. McCallum Tait)
Edwin Galligan .... draughtsman (uncredited)
Dudley H. May .... production buyer (uncredited)
Len Townsend .... set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
Peter Davies .... sound recordist
A.W. Lumkin .... recording director
Allan Morrison .... dubbing editor
Len Shilton .... sound recordist
Gordon Bevis .... sound camera operator (uncredited)
Peter Carmody .... sound maintenance (uncredited)
Bill Cook .... boom operator (uncredited)
Ken Nightingall .... boom operator (uncredited)
John Pilgrim .... assistant boom operator (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Bob Kindred .... camera operator
Richard Crafter .... clapper loader (uncredited)
George Higgins .... still photographer (uncredited)
Brian Osborne .... grip (uncredited)
Mike Roberts .... focus puller (uncredited)
Wally Thompson .... chargehand electrician (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Vi Murray .... wardrobe
Margaret Lewin .... wardrobe assistant (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Alan Brett .... first assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Philip Martell .... conductor
Other crew
Tony Evans .... titles
Angela Martelli .... continuity
Dis Marsh .... production secretary (uncredited)
Max Standish .... production accountant (uncredited)
Trix Wilkin .... production secretary (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"Theatre of Death" - UK (original title)
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91 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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The painting above Darvas's fireplace is The Newborn (1645) by Georges de la Tour.See more »
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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Better hold onto your head..., 1 October 1999
Author: evilskip from In a play

The plot centers around the cast of a Grand Guginol theatre group.Guginol refers to bloody & horrific explotative plays.The troupe is lead by the cold & cruel Darvas.(Darvas is wonderfully played by Christopher Lee).Darvas thinks nothing of ridiculing & humiliating his cast to get exactly what he wants. Seemingly he has no soul and no regard for human emotions other than acting them out.

A series of vampiric murders is tied in with the theatre group.Is Darvas more than just a Svengali? Is he a vampire? Without giving too much away cannibalism is the driving force behind the murders.Who is the killer stalking the cast?

This clocks in at above average. There are plenty of red herrings but the cast plays it gamely.Everyone has secrets to hide,some more terrible than others. The ending is a bit of a twist.You could do worse than to watch this one.

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