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The House That Dripped Blood (1971)

GP | | Horror | 2 April 1971 (USA)
An anthology of four horror stories revolving around a mysterious rental house in the UK.

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John Reid (segment 3 "Sweets to the Sweet")
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Philip Grayson (segment 2 "Waxworks")
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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
Geoffrey Bayldon ...
Theo Von Hartmann (segment 4 "The Cloak")
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")
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Mr. Petrich (segment 4 "The Cloak")
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A Scotland Yard investigator looks into four mysterious cases involving an unoccupied house and its tragic previous tenants: 1) A hack novelist encounters a strangler who's the villain of his books, leading his wife to question his sanity, 2) Two men are obsessed with a wax figure of a woman from their past, 3) A little girl with a stern, widowed father displays an interest in witchcraft, and 4) An arrogant horror film actor purchases a black cloak which gives him a vampire's powers. Written by Wes Clark <wclark@uspto.gov>

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The horror classic for the first time on DVD! (DVD release) See more »

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2 April 1971 (USA)  »

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Totentanz der Vampire  »

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$500,000 (estimated)
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(RCA Sound System)

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(Eastmancolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Tom Adams and Joanna Dunham who both appear in the segment "Method Of Murder" died just three weeks apart. See more »

Goofs

As the inspector walks down into the cellar he's holding the candles to his right, yet we can see his shadow on his right as well. See more »

Quotes

Paul Henderson: I'm Paul Henderson.
Theo von Hartmann: Who?
Paul Henderson: The great film actor.
Theo von Hartmann: I'm sorry. But I have not heard of such person.
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Connections

Follows Dr. Terror's House of Horrors (1965) 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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