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The House That Dripped Blood (1971)

PG | | Horror | 2 April 1971 (USA)
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An anthology of four horror stories revolving around a mysterious rental house in the U.K.


Peter Duffell


Robert Bloch





Cast overview, first billed only:
Denholm Elliott ... Charles (segment "Method for Murder")
Peter Cushing ... Philip (segment "Waxworks")
Joanna Dunham Joanna Dunham ... Alice (segment "Method for Murder")
Tom Adams ... Dominick (segment "Method for Murder")
Robert Lang ... Psychiatrist (segment "Method for Murder")
Joss Ackland ... Rogers (segment "Waxworks")
Wolfe Morris ... Waxworks Proprietor (segment "Waxworks")
Christopher Lee ... Reid (segment "Sweets to the Sweet")
Nyree Dawn Porter ... Ann (segment "Sweets to the Sweet")
Geoffrey Bayldon ... Von Hartmann (segment "The Cloak")
Chloe Franks ... Jane (segment "Sweets to the Sweet")
John Bennett ... Holloway (segment "Framework Story")
Jon Pertwee ... Paul (segment "The Cloak")
John Bryans John Bryans ... Stoker (segment "Framework Story")
Ingrid Pitt ... Carla (segment "The Cloak")


A Scotland Yard investigator looks into four mysterious cases involving an unoccupied house and its tragic previous tenants: 1) A hack novelist encounters a strangler who's the villain of his books, leading his wife to question his sanity, 2) Two men are obsessed with a wax figure of a woman from their past, 3) A little girl with a stern, widowed father displays an interest in witchcraft, and 4) An arrogant horror film actor purchases a black cloak which gives him a vampire's powers. Written by Wes Clark <wclark@uspto.gov>

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Rated PG for scary images | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


The classical music that Philip Grayson (Peter Cushing) listens to at the beginning of the "Waxworks" segment is the first movement ("Allegro") of the Franz Schubert String Quartet No. 14 in D minor, nicknamed "Death and the Maiden". See more »


The ax the waxworks owner uses to kill Philip Grayson binds like it is cardboard or a fake ax. See more »


Paul Henderson: I'm Paul Henderson.
Theo von Hartmann: Who?
Paul Henderson: The great film actor.
Theo von Hartmann: I'm sorry. But I have not heard of such person.
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Five Creepy Horror Tales.
26 March 2018 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

When the Scotland Yard Detective Inspector Holloway (John Bennett) comes to a precinct to assume the investigation of the disappearance of the horror film actor Paul Henderson (Jon Pertwee), the local officer tells stories about dwellers of the old house rented by Henderson. Segment 1 "Method for Murder" - The horror story writer Charles Hillyer (Denholm Elliott) moves to the house with his wife to write a novel. He creates a strangler serial-killer and soon he sees the man everywhere in the house. Is Charles becoming insane? Segment 2 "Waxworks" - the retired and lonely bachelor Philip Grayson (Peter Cushing) moves to the house and visits the Wax Museum of Horror in the nearby town. He finds a wax statue of a woman identical to the one he loved, and the owner informs that she is his wife that died some time ago. When his friend and former love rival visits him, he goes to the wax museum and is not capable to leave town impressed with the woman. Philiptries to help his friend with tragic consequences. Segment 3 "Sweets to the Sweet" - the wealthy John Reid (Christopher Lee) hires a teacher to give private education to his lonely daughter that has no friends and no toys. When candles disappear from the store, John has a heart pain during the night and discloses the secret of his wife and daughter to her skeptical teacher. Segment 4 "The Cloak" - the arrogant Paul Henderson seeks an authentic vampire cloak to use in the film he is working and he finds a weird fantasy shop and soon he finds that he becomes a real vampire when he wears the cloak. The skeptical Holloway decides to go to the house during the night and leans the fate of Henderson in a tragic way

"The House That Dripped Blood" is an anthology from horror studio Amicus with the lead story and four segments, all of them engaging and entertaining. Fans of horror films from Amicus and Hammer will certainly not be disappointed with the segments and the conclusion. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "A Casa que Pingava Sangue" ("The House That Dripped Blood")

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2 April 1971 (USA) See more »

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Box Office


$500,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)


Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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