I have always loved horror anthologies and I think part of this comes from my very first movie memory which…
The House That Dripped Blood
Vampires! Voodoo! Vixens! Victims!
A Scotland Yard investigator looks into four mysterious cases involving an unoccupied house.
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.
I always enjoy some horror anthology films and Amicus made quite a few, always with a quality cast and a decent mix of short stories. The framing story is a police detective investigating something at a house and the local sergeant gives him files of other strange happenings at that house, each file leading to the different tales.
Unfortunately the tales in the film are not as good as those in other stories. We get a fairly predictable psychological horror first then a baffling and nonsensical supernatural mystery that is not helped by Peter Cushing and Joss Ackland acting like they are in a much better story
The next segments is an improvement with Christopher Lee and Nyree Dawn Porter…
A perfect horror film anthology to watch on a rainy evening,or anytime . The film is about a house where the previous tenants have mysteriously died. The film is in four stories all equally well told. The first a writer played by Denholm Elliot is working on a new horror novel whose insane villian may be coming to life right before his very eyes. The second Peter Cushing plays a man drawn to a wax figure along with good friend Joss Ackland. The third Christopher Lee plays a man whose nanny for his younger daughter wonders why she doesn't play with dolls,but she will. The fourth an over the top horror actor played by Jon Pertwee discovers a cape may actually be turning him into a vampire while wearing it.this story also features Ingrid Pitt as his actress girlfriend. This is a very good horror film that will truly give you the chills.
First of all, I love the Pan Book of Horror style poster (and between Amicus on the film front and Pan on the book front, the 1960s and 1970s corrupted the minds of a generation of future British horror writers and fans. We're lucky they did).
Anyway, this is a middle of the pack Amicus anthology from what I've seen so far ( I still have two more of the things to go).
The acting is uniformly excellent--both Cushing and Lee are, as always, delights to watch--and the whole thing manages to be generally creepy throughout. Well, except for the last segment (and the wraparound conclusion). Bloch and vampires just don't mix--he doesn't take them seriously, but as high, high…
A classic, evocative title, but it's just one of those musty old Amicus anthologies. The wraparound purports that an evil house was to blame for the unfortunate fates of its past residents, whose stories make up the segments. This is bullshit, as one case is clearly the fault of a vampirism-causing cape purchased nearby. The best one, starring my man Peter Cushing, takes place almost entirely at a wax museum, where you'll surely guess what's inside the riveting figure of Salome. There are a lot of grown men wearing jaunty little kerchiefs in this, but not enough blood to even figuratively drip. Still, good cheesy fun if you want something light.
Excellent anthology horror movie from Amicus. Stars some of the best of british actors in Lee, Cushing, Pertwee( third Doctor), and Elliot. The storys range from slasher, to voodoo and back and forth. All four are good, and wonderfully shot.
Entered Flickchart at 952
A decent horror anthology with many of my favorite classic horror stars. The first segment, "Method For Murder" is my favorite but I like seeing Doctor Who have some trouble in the final segment.
This is a creepy anthology with a stacked cast (Cushing! Lee! Pitt! Pertwee!) but no dripping blood!
Film #31 from My Hoop-tober Halloween Challenge.
Final horror film for the month of October! And unfortunately, less of a bang, more of a whisper.
The House That Dripped Blood follows many of the footsteps of Torture Garden (both films utilize screenplays from Robert Bloch and largely ape the tropes of EC comics), but compared to Torture Garden, the frame story here isn't as deftly handled and the segments themselves are fairly routine. More left-field insanity was necessary.
(Brief sidebar: I’m conflicted regarding the final segment of the film, “The Cloak.” Traditionally I’m a fan of segments in anthologies which sport a standalone streak of comedy (especially when they’re surrounded by stories that play it relatively straight), but the decision…
Solid horror anthology with a "mod" British sensibility--and not nearly as lurid as its title suggests.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Atmospheric horror anthology based on short stories written by Robert Bloch with fantastic casting that features Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee and Jon Pertwee, among others. All the characters are in someway associated with a house where a famous actor has recently disappeared. When an Inspector from Scotland Yard begins to investigate we learn the house's macabre history. In the first story Denholm Elliott plays a writer who is terrorized by a psychopathic character from his latest novel. In the second story Peter Cushing discovers a model of a woman he once knew in an eerie wax museum. In the third story Christopher Lee plays a widower who hires a school teacher that becomes worried about the strict way he treats his daughter. Jon Pertwee plays a horror actor who acquires a cursed cloak that starts to turn him into a vampire. Ingrid Pitt looked absolutely incredible.
This is one of those horror anthologies that you just have to go with and accept them at face value. They are a little cheesy at times but they have some good twists.
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