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The House That Dripped Blood (1971)

 -  Horror | Mystery  -  22 February 1971 (UK)
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Philip Grayson (segment 2 "Waxworks")
Nyree Dawn Porter ...
Ann Norton (segment 3 "Sweets to the Sweet")
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Charles Hillyer (segment 1 "Method for Murder")
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Paul Henderson (segment 4 "The Cloak")
Joanna Dunham ...
Alice Hillyer (segment 1 "Method for Murder")
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Neville Rogers (segment 2 "Waxworks")
John Bennett ...
Detective Inspector Holloway
Chloe Franks ...
Jane Reid (segment 3 "Sweets to the Sweet")
Tom Adams ...
Dominick / Richard (segment 1 "Method for Murder")
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Carla Lind (segment 4 "The Cloak")
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")
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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 <wclark@uspto.gov>

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Horror | Mystery

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Rated PG for scary images | See all certifications »

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22 February 1971 (UK)  »

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A Casa que Pingava Sangue  »

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$500,000 (estimated)
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The classical music that Peter Cushing listens to at the beginning of the "Waxworks" segment is the first movement ("Allegro")of the Franz Schubert String Quartet No. 14 in D minor, nicknamed "Death and the Maiden." See more »

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The newspaper that Sgt. Martin is reading is dated Monday, June 8, 1971. In 1971, June 8 fell on a Tuesday. See more »

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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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Robert Bloch doing his legendary thing.
25 October 2004 | by See all my reviews

The script of this ghoulish horror anthology is Robert Bloch at his diabolical best. I only saw this recently; I've wanted to see it for quite some time, but circumstances conspired, and I had to wait for the DVD release. But it was worth it!

This film is cartoonish throughout and constantly winks at the audience, but it also has an unwavering serious side. It's very sparing on special effects (and saves most of what little there is for the last segment), and is much more dependent on its actors. From the beginning, there is an outrageous over-the-top quality that is very reassuring--it's confident that it will deliver the horror its audience wants to see. Even the funniest segment (starring John Pertwee) manages to be rather disturbing. The box says "Rated PG - For Scary Images," and I must say, the sight of a vampiric Ingrid Pitt floating magically through the air towards one of her victims is a very scary image.

A surprisingly effective horror film from the early 70's that still packs a punch today. I have seen the other Amicus anthology films, and they're good, but this, for some reason, is the instant favorite.


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