August 13, 2016

Another great Vincent Price horror movie from 1973, that is both funny and malicious.

The Guardian's Philip French writes:

Arguably Price's finest single performance, certainly the one that called on all his varied talents as a comedian, aesthete, mellifluous speaker of verse, old-fashioned barnstormer and exponent of horror, is Douglas Hickox's classic black comedy Theatre of Blood, best of a string of horror pictures he made in Britain.

He plays the full-blooded exponent of Shakespeare Edward Kendal Sheridan Lionheart, an actor-manager of the old school (much like Donald Wolfit), who conspires with his daughter, Edwina (authentic RSC Shakespearean star Diana Rigg), to avenge himself on the London Critics' Circle for a lifetime of insults. The film is the critic's nightmare and the actor's dream: a series of ingenious murders perpetrated on theatre reviewers in imitation of Shakespearean death scenes by the victim of their cruel notices.

And director Douglas Hickox had the good sense to cast the incomparable Diana Rigg as well.

Make some popcorn or a low carb snack and enjoy!

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