The House That Dripped Blood (1971)

PG  |   |  Horror  |  22 February 1971 (UK)
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An anthology of four horror stories revolving around a mysterious rental house in the UK.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Reid (segment 3 "Sweets to the Sweet")
Philip Grayson (segment 2 "Waxworks")
Nyree Dawn Porter ...
Ann Norton (segment 3 "Sweets to the Sweet")
Charles Hillyer (segment 1 "Method for Murder")
Paul Henderson (segment 4 "The Cloak")
Joanna Dunham ...
Alice Hillyer (segment 1 "Method for Murder")
Neville Rogers (segment 2 "Waxworks")
John Bennett ...
Detective Inspector Holloway
Geoffrey Bayldon ...
Theo Von Hartmann (segment 4 "The Clock")
John Bryans ...
A.J. Stoker
Hugh Manning ...
Mark (segment 3 "Sweets to the Sweet")
Robert Lang ...
Psychiatrist - Andrews (segment 1 "Method for Murder")
Richard Coe ...
Mr. Talmadge (segment 4 "The Cloak")
Wolfe Morris ...
Waxworks Proprietor (segment 2 "Waxworks")
Mr. Petrich (segment 4 "The Cloak")


A Scotland Yard investigator looks into four mysterious cases involving an unoccupied house: 1) A writer encounters a strangler of his own creation, 2) Two men are obsessed with a wax figure of a woman from their past, 3) A little girl displays an interest in witchcraft, and 4) A film actor discovers a cloak which gives him a vampire's powers. Written by Wes Clark <>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for scary images | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

22 February 1971 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

A Casa que Escorria Sangue  »

Box Office


$500,000 (estimated)

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Vincent Price was first offered the part of Paul Henderson. See more »


Black wires are clearly visible above Carla as she rises up to the second floor to bite Paul after she becomes a vampire. See more »


Paul Henderson: That's what's wrong with the present day horrorfilms. There's no realism. Not like the old ones, the great ones. Frankenstein. Phantom of the Opera. Dracula - the one with Bela Lugosi of course, not this new fellow.
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Followed by The Vault of Horror (1973) See more »

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Good horror anthology
27 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Four stories written by Robert Bloch about various people who live in a beautiful, old mansion and what happens to them. The first has Denholm Elliott as a novelist who sees the killer he's writing about come to life. Some spooky moments and the twist at the end was good. The second has Peter Cushing becoming obsessed with a wax figure resembling his dead wife. The third has Christopher Lee who has a child (Chloe Franks) and is scared of her. It all leads up to a pretty scary ending (although the ending in the story was MUCH worse). The last is an out and out comedy with Jon Petwee and Ingrid Pitt (both chewing the scenery) and a cape that turns people into vampires! There's also a cute line about Christopher Lee playing Dracula.

This is a good horror anthology--nothing terrifying but the first one and the ending of the third gave me a few pleasurable little chills. Also the fourth one is actually very funny and Pitt makes a VERY sexy vampire! Also the house itself looks beautiful...and very creepy. It's well-directed with some nice atmospheric touches. A very good and unusual movie score too. All in all a good little horror anthology well worth seeking out. Try to see it on DVD--the Lions Gate one looks fantastic with strong colors and great sound.

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