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Theatre of Blood (1973)

Theater of Blood (original title)
R | | Comedy, Horror | 5 April 1973 (USA)
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
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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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Hector Snipe
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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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The picture of the handsome Elizabethan young man in black cape and white tights shown during the opening credits, and later used as the model for the film's Critic's Circle Award is a painting entitled Young Man Among Roses by Nicholas Hilliard (1547-1619), and is in the collection of the Victoria & Albert Museum, London. 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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Various: [shocked] Lionheart!
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A nasty and witty treat
4 February 1999 | by (Harrogate, England) – See all my reviews

Vincent Price is at his extravagant best in this splendidly black comedy in which some complacent critics receive a cunning come-uppance from the dreadful actor who they drove to suicide. Some brilliantly staged imaginative deaths are the icing on the cake, making this a bit like a very camp "Friday The 13th". But who wouldn't rather watch Vincent at his best than boring old Jason ?


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