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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 ...
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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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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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This film was shot entirely on locations in and around London. No scenes were shot in a studio. 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: You drunken bum! You should treasure this opportunity to listen to a master, the world's greatest living actor!
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Very fun, one of Vincent Price's best roles
17 August 2005 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

THEATER OF BLOOD (1973)

starring: Vincent Price, Diana Rigg, Ian Hendry, Harry Andrews, Coral Browne, Robert Coote, Jack Hawkins, Michael Hordern, Arthur Lowe, Robert Morley, Dennis Price.

plot: Hammy Broadway actor Edward Lionheart (Vincent Price) has suffered horrible reviews for years and finally snaps. He fakes his death by plunging into the ocean and returns to kill the critics one by one in ways inspired by plays written by William Shakespeare.

my thoughts: I had bought this DVD to add to my Vincent Price collection and I really loved the premise. When I sat through the opening credits with the perfect score and the black and white Shakespeare plays going on, I knew I was going to be in for a great movie. And I was.

This film mixes comedy, horror and drama perfectly and no one could play Lionheart like Vincent Price. The rest of the cast also does great, most notably Diana Rigg was Lionheart's daughter.

The death scenes were very creative, my favorite being the opening death inspired by JULIS CEASAR. Douglas Hickox made the film very stylish as well, showing us where Anthony Hickox got his style from.

For Vincent Price and gore fans, this film is perfect to check out!


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