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Theater of Blood (1973)

A Shakespearean actor takes poetic revenge on the critics who denied him recognition.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Edward Lionheart
... Edwina Lionheart
... Peregrine Devlin
... Trevor Dickman
... Chloe Moon
... Oliver Larding
... Solomon Psaltery
... George Maxwell
... Horace Sprout
... Meredith Merridew
... Hector Snipe
... Inspector Boot
... Sergeant Dogge
... Rosemary
... Maisie Psaltery
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Edward Lionheart (Vincent Price) stars as an actor overlooked for a critics' acting award, despite producing a season of Shakespeare plays. After confronting the Critics' Circle, an attempted suicidal dive into the Thames results in Lionheart being rescued by your typical paraffin/meths/turps swigging tramps. Lionheart then (presumed dead) exacts his grizzly, and quite amusing revenge on the critics who denied him his finest hour. Written by Paul Batey

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He gave his critics a bloody and violent taste of their own medicine! See more »

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5 April 1973 (USA)  »

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Theater of Blood  »

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This was Renée Asherson's last film until Grey Owl (1999) 26 years later. See more »

Goofs

When Peregrine Devlin arrives at the fencing school you see him attach a cable to the back of his fencing kit (which would signal a hit with a buzzer), yet when the other fencer reveals himself to be Edward Lionheart and they start fencing the cable is no longer attached to Devlin's back. See more »

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[first lines]
George Maxwell: That damn editor's cut the best part of my review!
Mrs. Maxwell: So I noticed, dear. You ought to have a chat with him.
George Maxwell: My most provocative comment, too, where I said the leading lady attacked her role with both hands and strangled it to death.
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A nasty and witty treat
4 February 1999 | by See all my reviews

Vincent Price is at his extravagant best in this splendidly black comedy in which some complacent critics receive a cunning come-uppance from the dreadful actor who they drove to suicide. Some brilliantly staged imaginative deaths are the icing on the cake, making this a bit like a very camp "Friday The 13th". But who wouldn't rather watch Vincent at his best than boring old Jason ?


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