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The House That Dripped Blood (1971)

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

Director:

Peter Duffell

Writer:

Robert Bloch

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Cast

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

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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Taglines:

TERROR waits for you in every room in The House That Dripped Blood See more »

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

GP | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 April 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Totentanz der Vampire See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Amicus Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

After his first frightening encounter while wearing the cloak, Paul Henderson reads several books on the subject of vampires. The one he is first holding is "The Vampire: His Kith and Kin" by Montague Summers. The back cover lists some of Summers' other works, including: "The Werewolf", "The Vampire in Europe", and the mis-named "The History of Witches" - the true title is "The History of Witchcraft", which means this may have been a "dummy book". Other titles seen on his desk are "The Haunted Screen" by Lee Kovacs and "Essentials of Demonology" by Edward Langston. See more »

Goofs

The newspaper that Sgt. Martin is reading is dated Monday, June 8, 1971. In 1971, June 8 fell on a Tuesday. See more »

Quotes

Charles Hillyer: It's Dominick! I saw him!
Alice Hillyer: You mean you imagained him?
Charles Hillyer: No, I mean I saw him. Just last night before you came back from the theater... And again... just now!
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Followed by From Beyond the Grave (1974) See more »

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Good horror anthology
27 May 2006 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

Four stories written by Robert Bloch about various people who live in a beautiful, old mansion and what happens to them. The first has Denholm Elliott as a novelist who sees the killer he's writing about come to life. Some spooky moments and the twist at the end was good. The second has Peter Cushing becoming obsessed with a wax figure resembling his dead wife. The third has Christopher Lee who has a child (Chloe Franks) and is scared of her. It all leads up to a pretty scary ending (although the ending in the story was MUCH worse). The last is an out and out comedy with Jon Petwee and Ingrid Pitt (both chewing the scenery) and a cape that turns people into vampires! There's also a cute line about Christopher Lee playing Dracula.

This is a good horror anthology--nothing terrifying but the first one and the ending of the third gave me a few pleasurable little chills. Also the fourth one is actually very funny and Pitt makes a VERY sexy vampire! Also the house itself looks beautiful...and very creepy. It's well-directed with some nice atmospheric touches. A very good and unusual movie score too. All in all a good little horror anthology well worth seeking out. Try to see it on DVD--the Lions Gate one looks fantastic with strong colors and great sound.


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