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Theatre of Blood (1973)

 -  Comedy | Horror  -  5 April 1973 (USA)
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A Shakespearean actor takes poetic revenge on the critics who denied him recognition.

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Peregrine Devlin
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Trevor Dickman
Coral Browne ...
Miss Chloe Moon
Robert Coote ...
Oliver Larding
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Solomon Psaltery
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George William Maxwell
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Horace Sprout
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Meredith Merridew
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Hector Snipe
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Inspector Boot
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Sergeant Dogge
Madeline Smith ...
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Maisie Psaltery
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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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Much Ado About Murder  »

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Considered by its star Vincent Price to be his personal favorite of all his films. See more »

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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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Edwina Lionheart: It's all right, sir. You're among friends, sir.
Hector Snipe: Thank you. I was beginning to get a bit nervous.
Edward Lionheart: We were just rehearsing Troilus and Cressida. Specifically the scene where Hector, thinking he's among friends, is unexpectedly killed by them.
Hector Snipe: Lionheart, I came here for an interview, not a lecture on Shakespeare. Now tell me the amazing story of your resurrection.
Edward Lionheart: It's a grave tale, Snipe. But I think you can rise to the occasion.
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The film which sends poodles into a total funk!
17 June 2002 | by (Longmont, Colorado) – See all my reviews

"Reasonbran 234" (Nov 6 2001) takes out the award here for the most literate, apt and concise review of Theater of Blood. This WAS Vincent Price's finest screen moment and I recall clearly at the time, one particular UK critic who suggested "This brilliant film will probably require a generation before it can ever be held in the esteem to which it is entitled!"

Way too literate for mainstream horror fans' taste - it was so much more. Few had the theatrical flourish of Vincent Price and he was just so perfectly cast as the acting-legend-in-his-own-mind disfavored by a cross section of critics that may otherwise have steered his career on to the rocks. Taking "tragedy" to a new level, he REALLY silencies his critics once and for all, taking them out one by one in escalatingly appropriate Shakespearean circumstances.

Black black dialog with the Bard's turn of a phrase pervades the entire film. Yeah its gory - so's Macbeth! It is also one of the greatest horror comedies ever devised, with A-List acting credits.

Quite simply, NOT to be missed!


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