Theatre of Blood (1973) Director: Desmond Hickox Vincent Price plays Edward Kendal Sheridan Lionheart, a matinèe favourite Shakespearean actor of the old school, finding difficulty coping with new theatre roles, who wreaks revenge on on the theatre 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 Diana Rigg, as his dutiful daughter Edwina, and a bevy of the cream of British character actors, including; Ian Hendry, Michael Hordern, Dennis Price, Robert Morley and Arthur Lowe.
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Diana Rigg regards this as her best film. 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.
Early UK TV showings and video releases featured a U.S print which used the American spelling of 'Theater of Blood' during the opening credits. The UK MGM DVD uses the British title of 'Theatre of Blood'. See more