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The House That Dripped Blood (1971)

 -  Horror | Mystery  -  22 February 1971 (UK)
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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 ... See full summary »

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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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From The author of Psycho! See more »

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A Casa que Pingava Sangue  »

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$500,000 (estimated)
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Top billed Christopher Lee turns up over 50 minutes into the film. See more »

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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 »

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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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With Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Denholm Elliott, and Ingrid Pitt (hubba hubba), what's not to like?
5 January 2006 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

Given how corny these movies are, you gotta figure that they must have had fun making them. The movie focuses on a house that strangely accommodates whomever lives there. The inhabitants were: author Charles Hillyer (Denholm Elliott (with hair!)), who gets haunted by one of his own creations; Philip Grayson (Peter Cushing), who gets a little too close to a wax statue; John Reid (Christopher Lee), whose daughter's cuteness is apparently a facade; and actor Paul Henderson (Jon Pertwee), on the verge of getting a little too much into character.

"The House That Dripped Blood" is actually worth seeing (well duh; it stars Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee). Aside from just being neat, there might be some undertones: it might be calling into question the issue of real horror vs. assumed horror. Like in "The Shining", we might ask whether the house/hotel itself holds some memory of past events. And if absolutely nothing else, Ingrid Pitt (as Paul's co-star) is HOT HOT HOT! Around the time that this came out, she also starred in "Countess Dracula" and "The Vampire Lovers" (also with Peter Cushing). Maybe she - like Barbara Steele - will remain known only as a scream queen, but mark my words: SHE IS A HOT SCREAM QUEEN! I'd like to see Ingrid Pitt and Barbara Steele co-star in something.

I guess that the only weird scene (so to speak) is where Denholm Elliott is wearing a pink shirt and fluffy jacket. You read that right. What kind of a name is "Denholm" anyway? Oh well. A very cool movie.


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