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Theatre of Blood (1973)

Cast: Vincent Price, Vincent Price, Diana Rigg, more...
Director: Douglas Hickox, Douglas Hickox
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Studio: MGM
Genre: Comedies, Foreign, Horror, British Comedy, UK, Quest, Revenge
Running Time: 104 min.
Languages: English, Spanish, French
Subtitles: Spanish, French
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This title is currently out of print.

The darkly comic and sometimes quite gory Theatre of Blood is a vehicle tailor-made for its star Vincent Price, brilliantly capitalizing on his reputation as a master of period horror drawn from "literary" sources. Price portrays Shakespearean actor Edward Lionheart, who becomes enraged after losing a prominent acting award and decides to seek revenge on the critics responsible. Fittingly, he using the works of the Bard as a guide, basing his killings on violent scenes from Shakespearean plays. Price takes full advantage of his meaty role, ominously reciting classic Elizabethan monologues while rigging particularly nasty torture devices. This hilarious turn is assisted by a colorful supporting cast, including Robert Morley, Richard Coote, and Michael Hordern as critics and Diana Rigg as Lionheart's devoted daughter and partner in crime. The end result is a wonderfully evil lark that, in its own way, proves surprisingly faithful to the often bloody spirit of Shakespeare; certainly the full implications of Shylock's demand for a "pound of flesh" have rarely been made quite as explicit. ~ Judd Blaise, All Movie Guide

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Shakespeare Would Be Bloody Proud by sinisterguffaw February 13, 2004 - 12:27 PM PST
3 out of 4 members found this review helpful
This campy little horror flick has all the requisite gore any horror fan would love, and all the (albeit intentionally) cheesy dialog any Mystery Science Theater fan would love, and I'd like to think that if the bard were alive today he would be happy to see that his work could inspire such fun and quirky and bloody films.

Vincent Price, as-per-usual, is brilliant as a second-rate Shakespearian actor past his prime, and although the film has it's rough spots plotwise, it rarely drags and is certainly worthy of a late-night viewing.

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(Average 7.62)
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