Edit
Theater of Blood (1973) Poster

Trivia

Jump to: Spoilers (1)
Considered by its star Vincent Price to be his personal favorite of all his films.
Diana Rigg regards this as her best film.
Lionheart's tomb is an actual monument in Kensal Green Cemetery, London. It belongs to the Sievier family, and shows the sculpted figures of a seated man, one hand placed on the head a woman kneeling in adoration, while the other holds the Bible, its pages opened to a passage in the Book of Luke. This monument was altered for the film by plaster masks of Price and Rigg substituting for the statue's real ones, the Bible became a volume of Shakespeare and there is a suitable engraving at the front with Lionheart's name and dates.
Vincent Price fell in love with and married actress Coral Browne following production,which lasted from July 10-August 17, 1972. The film was released after Vincent Price's March 18, 1973 appearance as the subject of "This is Your Life", his last public appearance with second wife Mary, who knew nothing yet about his affair with Coral, set up by Diana Rigg, who noticed the chemistry between the two.
This film was shot entirely on locations in and around London. No scenes were shot in a studio.
Over six gallons of fake blood were used to produce the eight ghastly murders.
When the movie was adapted for the London stage in 2005, Diana Rigg's role was filled by her real-life daughter, Rachael Stirling.
The name of Diana Rigg's character is derived from that of Edwina Booth, daughter of actor Edwin Booth (1833-1893), considered by many to be the greatest Shakespearean actor of his day - and the brother of John Wilkes Booth, the most infamous actor of his day.
Lionheart's theatre hideout was the Putney Hippodrome, built in 1906. It had been boarded up for fourteen years when it was chosen as a location for this film.
7 of 9 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
Two of the leads, Ian Hendry and Diana Rigg, starred alongside Patrick Macnee in the TV series "The Avengers."
6 of 8 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
According to Price biographer Iain McAsh, six gallons of Kensington Blood (stage blood) were used during production.
5 of 7 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
When Vincent Price played the Duke of Clarence in Tower of London (1939), a version of the Richard III story, it was he who was drowned in a butt of Malmsey wine.
2 of 2 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
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.
7 of 12 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
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.
5 of 8 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
The final theatrical film of both Robert Coote and Jack Hawkins.
5 of 9 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
Robert Fuest was asked to direct.
4 of 9 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
This was Renée Asherson's last film until Grey Owl (1999) 26 years later.
1 of 2 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink

Spoilers 

The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

Body Count: 11.
6 of 9 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink

See also

Goofs | Crazy Credits | Quotes | Alternate Versions | Connections | Soundtracks

Contribute to This Page