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Theatre of Blood (1973)
"Theater of Blood" (original title)

R  |   |  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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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 full name of Vincent Price's character, according to his memorial, is Edward Kendal Sheridan Lionheart. "Sheridan" is probably a reference to the eighteenth-century playwright and manager Richard B. Sheridan, or his actor-manager father, Thomas Sheridan. See more »

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Edward Lionheart obviously jumps into the Thames from the balcony, but it's stated earlier in the file that he jumped into the ocean. See more »

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Hector Snipe: You must admit that I was enthusiastic about your performance in Troilus and Cressida.
Edward Lionheart: Oh, yes. Now that you mention it I remember you wrote some review.
Hector Snipe: I remember it quite well. I wrote, "Edward Lionheart's Troilus and Cressida must be considered a theatrical triumph, and his own performance as Achilles unsurpassed."
Edward Lionheart: A splendid review, Snipe, splendid. What else did you write?
Hector Snipe: More in the same vein.
Edward Lionheart: Let me refresh your memory.
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Edward Lionheart: "Achilles unsurpassed. This is clearly Lionheart's own view...
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The mighty Vincent is out on a deliciously absurd vengeance-spree again!!
14 March 2004 | by (the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls) – See all my reviews

I better be generous and praising in my comments on Theathre of Blood here…you never know the spirit of the late Vincent Price resurrects from the grave to annihilate me! J Oh, I'll be sleeping peacefully tonight…I have no intentions of bashing the master and his role here. Price personifies Edward Lionheart, a classical actor who put his heart and soul in a series of Shakespeare plays and expected to be honored for it. But…instead of that, respected critics mocked him and eventually drove him into committing suicide. Yet, Lionheart survived and the group of critics who denied his talent starts to die in peculiar ways. Each of them is found murdered, like Shakespeare described it in his plays… Plot sounds more or less familiar? Well, it should be because Theathre of Blood is nothing more then a propagation of Dr. Phibes' success! The settings and Price's background are different, but the structure and creativity indicate that this film simply is `The Abominable Dr. Phibes part 3'.

Hey, I'll be the last person to complain for this…Even though not very original, Theathre of Blood is extremely amusing and yet another comedy-horror triumph in Price's career. Following the tradition, this film contains some highly exiting killing scenes, including a decapitation, a drowning and 6 more ravishing methods. No need to say Vincent Price is brilliantly grotesque as the obsessed `punisher' and he receives good feedback from other well-appreciated actors, such as Ian Hendry (Repulsion, Children of the Damned) and Diana Rigg (known from the good James Bond episode On her Majesty's Secret Service). The endless amount of Shakespeare references are a must for fans of historical drama and the sequences with Price as a devoted ‘Shakespearean-actor' make you long to see a long-feature event… I'd pay good money to see Vincent Price star in Richard III or King Lear, for example. Theathre of Blood is terrific entertainment and gets forgotten too easily. Therefore, I recommend it to all horror fans and hopefully, it's status will be jacked up a little…


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