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Theatre of Blood (1973)

Theater of Blood (original title)
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 ...
Chloe Moon
Robert Coote ...
Oliver Larding
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Solomon Psaltery
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George 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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The final theatrical film of both Robert Coote and Jack Hawkins. 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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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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The Theatre That Oozed Style.
20 January 2000 | by See all my reviews

This very British film is a showcase for the style and flourish of Vincent Price, and is immense fun as a result. A very black tongue-in-cheek comedy, Vincent Price plays the deranged Shakespearean actor, saved from death by a group of homeless people, who act as his minions. Diana Rigg plays his daughter/accomplice, as he revenges himself upon the all star cast of "critics" who deprived him of the rewards of his life's work. I think my three favourite scenes were the opening "Caesar" scene, the "re-writing" of "the Merchant of Venice" and the frenetic dual, with Vincent performing somersaults and back-flips (sure, it could have been a stunt-double, but its just sooo funny). This film is probably one of my top 5 horror movies of all time. See it!


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