Horror

Review of Theater of Blood

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Year: 1973 - Runtime: 104 minutes - Director: Douglas Hickox - Writer(s): Anthony Greville-Bell
Country: UK - Language: English - Parental Guide: R - Color: Color

Rating: ★★★★★★☆☆☆☆

Review

What does a frustrated Shakespearean actor do, when he is consistently passed up for awards by a group of critics who simply can’t see his vision? Knock them off, of course, setting up elaborate schemes, taken from the Bard himself.

Reason to Watch

I suppose that Vincent Price chewing scenery is reason enough for many cult film fanatics, but for those who need more convincing, the film is actually quite well done. The acting is on par with the British horror films of the time, and Jigsaw could learn a few things from the imaginatively horrific fates the critics suffer. (Don’t ask about the dog)

Context

Vincent Price was a standard of 70’s British horror, and this is a perfect showpiece for his stage acting abilities.

Most Memorable Quote(s)
  • You begin to resent an actor if you always have to give him bad notices.
  • Critics are likely to make enemies, inspector. You can call it an occupational hazard.
What You Need to Get Through This Movie

This movie is best savored with a glass of red wine and a theater geek.

Trivia

Vincent Price met his wife Carol on set during the filming of this movie.

Educational Content
  • Don’t try to get crazy hippies out of an abandoned building by yourself.
Justification for Rating

Great acting, great plot.. it makes for an enjoyable watching experience/

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