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The House That Dripped Blood
Vampires! Voodoo! Vixens! Victims!
A Scotland Yard investigator looks into four mysterious cases involving an unoccupied house.
Four stories in a House Of Horrors brought to you by Amicus Productions and writer Robert Bloch! Might you be: A writer haunted by their creation? A strangely familiar and alluring wax Salome in a Museum Of Horror? A cold and distant man scared of little girls? An aging horror star digusted with the cheap and inauthentic horror films of the modern era? If you answered Yes to any of the above you are more than likely to be found in The House That Dripped Blood! Of these stories, all are good or great. My favorite has Ingrid Pitt in a self-reflexive role! The Cushing in the wax museum is probably the best one, with eerie and lurid lighting. By setting all of the tales in one house, it was not only cost-effective, but added to the overall coherence of the movie, far greater than what might be expected from an anthology. Hail Amicus Portmanteau Horror! Hail!
Peter Duffell's "The House That Dripped Blood" is an atmospheric and engaging anthology of horror tales. The Amicus production connects four twisty and dark stories of murder and madness in an entertainingly haunting collection. With its ideal cast and slow-burn thrills, the film offers a spooky, good time.
Linked by a Scotland Yard investigation into a notorious house, the film weaves its chapters together close to seamlessly. Built around a harried author, a wax museum, a worried father, and a methodical method actor, the chapters are chilling, compelling, and injected with a mild yet devilish sense of humor. Each makes a solid contribution to the overall piece.
Duffell's execution of the material is colorful, lively, and visually appealing. His shot…
That's what's wrong with the present day horror films. There's no realism. Not like the old ones, the great ones. Frankenstein. Phantom of the Opera. Dracula... the one with Bela Lugosi of course, not this new fellow.
The time honored horror anthology! While this isn't the best I've ever seen, it does standout as it bypasses what most anthologies have a problem with and that's keeping a good tone and quality throughout.
To be fair it does cheat this a little compared to others as not only is it all directed by the same man, Peter Duffell, but it's connected by the fact that it all takes place in the same house almost creating a long narrative throughout.…
A really solid & really BRITISH horror anthology from the classic Amicus Productions. House That Dripped Blood is top shelf Amicus style with it being very groovy 70s macabre, & slightly stuffy and always with those "WHAT ABOUT YOU!?!" ending speeches. so classy classic. Pop up appearances from old friends & legends like Peter Cushing & Christopher Lee never hurt either.
A horror anthology that almost feels limited by its format. Each story is one I wouldn't mind seeing fleshed out much further. But as they are, they're very entertaining, and often unpredictable. The wraparound story is clever, too.
Lightweight but highly entertaining British horror anthology about a very haunted house and the spooky tales of four separate owners who have lived there.
For me, the main standout was "Waxworks," which stars Peter Cushing as a lonely man bewitched by the deadly beauty of an alluring waxen woman at a local horror museum. They're all varying degrees of fun and creepy, though (with the final sequence taking a sharp turn into outright comedy for the most part).
This Amicus anthology film has a great cast! Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Denholm Elliott, Jon Pertwee, and Ingrid Pitt. Written by Robert Bloch, this is a fun film.
Campy, goofy anthology film from Amicus revolving around a house whose various occupants meet interesting fates. The last one in which a cloak turns its wearer into a vampire is a hoot! Despite the lurid title, this is pretty tame stuff. High nostalgia value.
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Some really nice spooky ideas here, but for me the typical British 'stuffiness' often seen in the films of this era let it down a bit. The whole thing felt very theatrical in the way it was staged and acted. Would love to see what would have come out of Europe with this script.
Entertaining if slightly cheesy, at times, Amicus anthology flick. The cast is great and all the stories are good if in varied quality of. the third tale with Christopher Lee is the best one, I think.
With Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Jon Pertwee, and Denholm Elliott all starring in their own horror tale in this anthology film, you really cannot go wrong. Each story is entertaining enough, the best probably being first and last with Elliott and Pertwee. The final tale also features the always lovely Ingrid Pitt.
Worth fast-forwarding to see Jon Pertwee as a demanding actor in the last short of this compilation, but other than that, mostly forgettable.
This Amicus production is my favorite of the many British anthology horrors of the '60s and '70s. Written by Robert Bloch, every story knocks it out of the park (even if the horror that transpires in the second segment doesn't have anything to do with the house itself) when a recurring issue in these sorts of films is that there's always one inferior story that doesn't pull its weight. I remember being freaked out by Tom Adams' Dominick from the first segment when I saw this as a kid, and the third segment with Christopher Lee as a paranoid widower father terrified of his young daughter is just terrific. A classic of its kind.
The House That Dripped Blood is the home of Denholm Elliott, Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee and Jon Pertwee. It's also the home to absolute horror. Well, not absolute horror, but it's still pretty creepy. The four stories that take place within its walls rely heavily on suspense, which is effective, but three out of the four end with a hokey twist. The ending of "Sweets to the Sweet" is the strongest, in my opinion.
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