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Theater of Blood (1973)

A Shakespearean actor takes poetic revenge on the critics who denied him recognition.

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Edward Lionheart (Vincent Price) stars as an actor overlooked for a critics' acting award, despite producing a season of Shakespeare plays. After confronting the Critics' Circle, an attempted suicidal dive into the Thames results in Lionheart being rescued by your typical paraffin/meths/turps swigging tramps. Lionheart then (presumed dead) exacts his grizzly, and quite amusing revenge on the critics who denied him his finest hour. Written by Paul Batey

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He gave his critics a bloody and violent taste of their own medicine! See more »

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Trivia

When Vincent Price played the Duke of Clarence in Tower of London (1939), a version of the Richard III story, it was he who was drowned in a butt of Malmsey wine. See more »

Goofs

When Peregrine Devlin arrives at the fencing school you see him attach a cable to the back of his fencing kit (which would signal a hit with a buzzer), yet when the other fencer reveals himself to be Edward Lionheart and they start fencing the cable is no longer attached to Devlin's back. See more »

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George Maxwell: That damn editor's cut the best part of my review!
Mrs. Maxwell: So I noticed, dear. You ought to have a chat with him.
George Maxwell: My most provocative comment, too, where I said the leading lady attacked her role with both hands and strangled it to death.
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Masterful shocker!
23 December 2004 | by See all my reviews

THEATER OF BLOOD

Aspect ratio: 1.66:1

Sound format: Mono

Vincent Price hams it up with gusto as the Shakespearean actor driven to attempt suicide by the mocking cat-calls of an unsympathetic Critics' Circle in Douglas Hickox' masterful horror film. Taking revenge on his detractors using methods outlined in the Great Bard's timeless plays, Price cuts a bloody swath through these self-centered buffoons, keeping a clueless police force at arm's length as the bodies pile up in grisly fashion. Playful in a morbid kind of way, the film refuses to compromise the brutality of Shakespeare's work, and the killings themselves are often deeply unpleasant, but while the succession of murderous set-pieces may remind viewers of a similar narrative structure in the ultra-popular "Dr. Phibes" series, "Theater" is distinguished by its literary aspirations and by the obvious relish with which an all-star cast attacks the fruity dialogue and gruesome/hilarious plot developments. Memorable music score by Michael J. Lewis, too.


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