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Theatre of Blood -- Vincent Price is a crazed Shakespearean actor who adds murder to his repertoire when he takes gruesome revenge on the critics who slighted him. In HD.


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Release Date:
5 April 1973 (USA) See more »
At your own risk See more »
A Shakespearean actor takes poetic revenge on the critics who denied him recognition. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Easily one of Price's best See more (113 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Vincent Price ... Edward Kendal Sheridan Lionheart

Diana Rigg ... Edwina Lionheart

Ian Hendry ... Peregrine Devlin

Harry Andrews ... Trevor Dickman
Coral Browne ... Miss Chloe Moon
Robert Coote ... Oliver Larding

Jack Hawkins ... Solomon Psaltery

Michael Hordern ... George William Maxwell

Arthur Lowe ... Horace Sprout

Robert Morley ... Meredith Merridew

Dennis Price ... Hector Snipe

Milo O'Shea ... Inspector Boot

Eric Sykes ... Sergeant Dogge
Madeline Smith ... Rosemary

Diana Dors ... Maisie Psaltery
Joan Hickson ... Mrs. Sprout

Renée Asherson ... Mrs. Maxwell (as Renee Asherson)
Bunny Reed ... Policeman
Peter Thornton ... Policeman
Charles Sinnickson ... Vicar
Brigid Erin Bates ... Maid - Agnes
Tutte Lemkow ... Meths Drinker
Stanley Bates ... Meths Drinker
Eric Francis ... Meths Drinker
Sally Gilmore ... Meths Drinker
John Gilpin ... Meths Drinker
Joyce Graeme ... Meths Drinker
Jack Maguire ... Meths Drinker
Declan Mulholland ... Meths Drinker
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tony Calvin ... Police Photographer (uncredited)

Charles Gray ... Solomon Psaltery (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Douglas Hickox 
Writing credits
Anthony Greville-Bell (screenplay)

Stanley Mann (idea) and
John Kohn (idea)

William Shakespeare  plays (uncredited)

Produced by
Gustave M. Berne .... executive producer (as Gustave Berne)
Sam Jaffe .... executive producer
John Kohn .... producer
Stanley Mann .... producer
Original Music by
Michael J. Lewis 
Cinematography by
Wolfgang Suschitzky (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Malcolm Cooke 
Production Design by
Michael Seymour 
Set Decoration by
Ann Mollo 
Costume Design by
Michael Baldwin 
Makeup Department
George Blackler .... makeup artist
Pearl Tipaldi .... hairdresser
Production Management
David C. Anderson .... production manager (as David Anderson)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Dominic Fulford .... assistant director
Art Department
Peter Verard .... construction manager (as Peter Verrard)
Michael Guyett .... scenic painter (uncredited)
Richard Rambaut .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Simon Kaye .... sound mixer
Doug E. Turner .... dubbing mixer (as Douglas Turner)
Les Wiggins .... sound editor
Special Effects by
John Stears .... special effects
Terry Yorke .... stunt arranger (as Terry York)
Camera and Electrical Department
Ronnie Taylor .... camera operator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Terry Smith .... wardrobe assistant
Editorial Department
Chris Kelly .... assistant editor
Music Department
Michael J. Lewis .... conductor
Lawrence Ashmore .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Angela Allen .... continuity
Sam Jaffe .... presenter
Tutte Lemkow .... choreographer: meths drinkers
Sara Romilly .... assistant to producers

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Theater of Blood" - UK (original title)
"Much Ado About Murder" - International (English title) (alternative title), UK (working title)
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104 min
Black and White (title sequence) | Color
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:M (DVD rating) | Australia:PG (original rating) | Finland:K-16 | Iceland:16 | Ireland:18 | Netherlands:18 (1974) | Norway:(Banned) (1973-2003) (cinema release) | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) (cut) | UK:15 (video re-rating) (2002) | UK:18 (video rating) (1987) | USA:R (certificate #23502) | West Germany:16

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Considered by its star Vincent Price to be his personal favorite of all his films.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
Edward Lionheart:[as Butch] Oh, I wish you'd let me do something camp with the colour, darling. Like flame with ash highlights.See more »
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46 out of 83 people found the following review useful.
Easily one of Price's best, 27 July 2005
Author: preppy-3 from United States

Vincent Price plays Edward Lionheart, a Shakesprean actor that the critics hate (one calls him a "ham sandwich"). Enraged by their reviews of his works he commits suicide. But, unknown to everybody else, he survives and decides to kill off his critics one by one using methods described in Shakespeare's plays.

A lot of people have called this "The Abominable Dr. Phibes Part 3". They're not too off the mark--the plot lines are very similar. Still this is better than the Phibes films. It moves quickly, has a large cast of excellent British actors (unknown over here) and some of the deaths are much gorier (this has an R rating--Phibes was PG). If you look very closely at the plot there are huge loopholes and some unlikely situations but it still is a huge amount of fun. There's also a truly incredible saber fight between two men.

This must have been a dream role for Price--he gets to preform Shakespeare and wear a variety of disguises to become different characters. He's just great (as always). Diana Rigg pops up as his daughter--she's not given much to do but looks fantastic. The critics are all well-played by a very talented roster of British actors--I really do wonder how they got some of them to do this (it's pretty bloody). The most outlandish portrayal is by Robert Morley as a gay critic with (sigh) two poodles. It might be offensive if this were a serious movie. Also Price met Coral Browne here and married her in 1974--and stayed married till she passed away.

This, oddly, remains unknown even to Price fans. That's a shame--it's one of his best. Horror, humor and Shakespeare--what more do you need? A 10 all the way.

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