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Bloodbath at the House of Death (1984)

Six scientists arrive at the creepy Headstone Manor to investigate a strange phenomena which was the site of a mysterious massacre years earlier where 18 guests were killed in one night. It... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kenny Everett ... Lukas Mandeville
Pamela Stephenson ... Barbara Coyle
Vincent Price ... Sinister Man
Gareth Hunt ... Elliot Broome
Don Warrington ... Stephen Wilson
John Fortune ... John Harrison
Sheila Steafel ... Sheila Finch
John Stephen Hill John Stephen Hill ... Henry Noland
Cleo Rocos Cleo Rocos ... Deborah Kedding
Graham Stark ... Blind Man
Pat Ashton Pat Ashton ... Barmaid
David Lodge ... Inspector Goule
Davilia O'Connor Davilia O'Connor ... Sheila's Mother (as Davilia David)
Debbie Linden Debbie Linden ... Attractive girl
Tim Barrett Tim Barrett ... Doctor
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Six scientists arrive at the creepy Headstone Manor to investigate a strange phenomena which was the site of a mysterious massacre years earlier where 18 guests were killed in one night. It turns out that the house is the place of a satanic cult lead by a sinister monk who plans to kill the scientists who are inhabiting this house of Satan. Written by Anonymous

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The movie that took a lot of guts to make!

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Horror | Comedy

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UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 March 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Banho de Sangue na Casa do Terror See more »

Filming Locations:

Hertfordshire, England, UK See more »

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Wildwood Productions See more »
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Mono

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Vincent Price was on the US VHS cover, due to Kenny Everett not being very well known outside of the UK. See more »

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A Monk enters the toilet, at the beginning of the onslaught, with an short handled axe and leaves with a large bladed knife. See more »

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Dr. Lukas Mandeville: I find this case enthralling. Have you read all the reports?
Dr. Barbara Coyle: No.
Dr. Lukas Mandeville: Well if you had, you'd know about the strange things that have taken place in that house years ago. Do you realize that eighteen people were murdered there one night?
Dr. Barbara Coyle: Coincidence. Anyway, Lightning never strikes twice.
Dr. Lukas Mandeville: Well it did then. Two people were struck by lightning. Two who's throats were slit. One was hung. Two were axed, four people were skewered in the same bed. And a man watching, simply blew up!
Dr. Barbara Coyle: What happened to the ...
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A bit hit and miss, like Everett's TV shows
3 June 2013 | by ogdendcSee all my reviews

Kenny Everett was a zany comic who started out as a DJ in the 1960s before fronting a prime time TV comedy show in the 1980s. This 1984 film is his only attempt at a big screen offering. Kenny died of AIDS-related illness in 1995, aged 50.

The film is a Hammer horror spoof, though many other films and genres are spoofed along the way. It is written by Barry Cryer, who appears in the title sequence. Eight scientists (including Kenny and, more plausibly, Dr Pamela Stephenson) investigate an old house where, 18 years earlier, 18 people were killed there in one night. The others are played by John Fortune, Sheila Steafel, Don (Rising Damp) Warrington, Gareth (coffee ads) Hunt, Cleo Rocos and John Stephen Hill. All were well known 80s British personalities but not entirely convincing as scientists!

The best known actor here is Vincent Price, though he only appears in a few scenes, as the 'sinister man'. Pat Ashton's appearance as the murdered barmaid marked her last appearance in a run of 20 years of British comedy shows before she disappeared, which is a shame as she was always good fun. It pretty much also marked the end of John Stephen Hill's acting career though he is better mapped as he went on to immerse himself in his Jesuit faith.

The film is a bit hit and miss, like Everett's TV shows - lots of scenes that don't really work, interspersed with occasional moments of genius. It is the only opportunity to see Everett on the big screen, and it represents a peak of sorts in early 80s British comedy. I don't want to judge it too harshly.


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