Vincent Price plays Edward Kendal Sheridan Lionheart, a matinèe favorite Shakespearean actor of the old school, finding difficulty coping with new theater roles, who wreaks revenge on on the theater critics who give their annual Guild's "Best Actor" award to a new and upcoming actor rather than him. Incensed by their choice, he does this in the most ingenious and disturbing ways by imitating death scenes taken from his final repertoire of his beloved Bard's tales. Vincent Price is well supported by Dame Diana Rigg, as his dutiful daughter Edwina, and a bevy of the cream of British character actors, including; Ian Hendry, Sir Michael Hordern, Dennis Price, Robert Morley, and Arthur Lowe.
Vincent Price has reserved a seat for you in the "theatre of blood."
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Did You Know?
Edward Lionheart's (Vincent Price's) theater 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 movie. The filmmakers rented it for one hundred twenty-seven dollars a week and set parts of it on fire for this movie's finale. The building was demolished in 1975 and housing was erected on the site. See more
When the decapitated head of Horace Sprout is discovered by the maid on his bed the eyes are closed. After it falls on the floor the eyes are open. See more
That damn editor's cut the best part of my review!
So I noticed, dear. You ought to have a chat with him.
My most provocative comment, too, where I said the leading lady attacked her role with both hands and strangled it to death.
Despite the films spoofy nature the original UK cinema version was cut by the BBFC and some of the close-up shots from the murders of Merridew and Miss Moon were slightly trimmed. All later video and DVD releases were fully uncut. See more
References The Abominable Dr. Phibes