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The House That Dripped Blood -- Scotland's Yard's search for a missing film star leads them to a haunted house, which serves as the framework for four tales of the macabre starring horror icons Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee and Ingrid Pitt. They include a writer's murderous creation coming to life, a wax figure causing a fatal argument, a young girl developing an intense interest in witchcraft and an actor finding a cape that helps immerse him in his role as a vampire.

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Director:
Writer:
Robert Bloch (written by)
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Release Date:
22 February 1971 (UK) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Vampires! Voodoo! Vixens! Victims! See more »
Plot:
An anthology of four horror stories revolving around a mysterious rental house in the UK. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
User Reviews:
Robert Bloch doing his legendary thing. See more (66 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Christopher Lee ... John Reid (segment 3 "Sweets to the Sweet")

Peter Cushing ... Philip Grayson (segment 2 "Waxworks")
Nyree Dawn Porter ... Ann Norton (segment 3 "Sweets to the Sweet")

Denholm Elliott ... Charles Hillyer (segment 1 "Method for Murder")

Jon Pertwee ... Paul Henderson (segment 4 "The Cloak")
Joanna Dunham ... Alice Hillyer (segment 1 "Method for Murder")

Joss Ackland ... 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")

Jonathan Lynn ... Mr. Petrich (segment 4 "The Cloak")
John Malcolm ... Police Sergeant Martin
Winifred Sabine ... Rita (segment 4 "The Cloak")
Carleton Hobbs ... Dr. Bailey (segment 3 "Sweets to the Sweet")
Bernard Hopkins ... Assistant Director (segment 4 "The Cloak")
Chloe Franks ... Jane Reid (segment 3 "Sweets to the Sweet")
Tom Adams ... Dominick / Richard (segment 1 "Method for Murder")

Ingrid Pitt ... Carla Lind (segment 4 "The Cloak")
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Roy Evans ... Hunchback (segment 4 "The Cloak") (uncredited)

Joanna Lumley ... Film Crew Girl (segment 4 "The Cloak") (uncredited)

Directed by
Peter Duffell 
 
Writing credits
Robert Bloch (written by)

Russ Jones  segment "Waxworks" (uncredited)

Produced by
Paul Ellsworth .... executive producer
Max Rosenberg .... producer (as Max J. Rosenberg)
Milton Subotsky .... producer
Gordon Wescourt .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Michael Dress 
 
Cinematography by
Ray Parslow (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Peter Tanner 
 
Casting by
Ronnie Curtis (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Tony Curtis 
 
Makeup Department
Harry Frampton .... makeup artist
Joyce James .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Teresa Bolland .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Peter Beale .... first assistant director
Mike Higgins .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Adrian Hughes .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Fred Carter .... set dresser
Thomas Goswell .... draughtsman (uncredited)
David Minty .... draughtsman (uncredited)
Peter Wood .... scenic artist (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Michael P. Redbourn .... dubbing editor (as Michael Redbourn)
Ken Ritchie .... sound mixer
Nolan Roberts .... dubbing mixer
Paddy Cunningham .... assistant dubbing mixer (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Gerry Anstiss .... camera operator
Peter Ewens .... focus puller (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Laurel Staffell .... wardrobe (as Laurel Staffel)
 
Music Department
Michael Dress .... conductor
 
Other crew
Phyllis Townshend .... continuity (as Phyllis Townsend)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Blood Zone" - Japan (English title) (imdb display title)
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MPAA:
Rated PG for scary images (re-rating) (2002)
Runtime:
102 min
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Language:
Color:
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Australia:M | Canada:AA (Ontario) (original rating) | Canada:PG (Manitoba) (2003) | Canada:PG (Ontario) (re-rating) (2003) | Finland:K-18 (2004) (self applied) | Iceland:16 | Italy:T | Norway:16 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:12 (video rating) (2003) | USA:GP (original rating) | USA:PG (re-rating) (2002) | West Germany:16

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Trivia:
On the films initial UK release, the British censor wanted to give it an A rating (equivalent to PG) because its lack of gore. Fearing that this would harm box-office returns, the distributors asked for it to be re-rated X or they wouldn't release it. The censor concurred.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: 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:
Charles Hillyer:It's Dominick! I saw him!
Alice Hillyer:You mean you imagained him?
Charles Hillyer:No, I mean I saw him. Just last night before you came back from the theater... And again... just now!
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Movie Connections:
References "Doctor Who" (1963)See more »

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16 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Robert Bloch doing his legendary thing., 25 October 2004
Author: roddmatsui

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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