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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.
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.
Headlining with Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Denholm Elliott, Jon Pertwee and Ingrid Pitt, HammerHorror competitors, Rosenberg and Subotsky's Amicus presentation of The House That Dripped Blood, written by Robert Bloch and directed by Peter Duffell should have everything going for it...
Being the Kings of anthology horror, Amicus cunningly set this one up with a wraparound story of a missing movie star. Detective Inspector Holloway is on the case, and after visiting then house where said movie star last lived, he's presented with a file on the strange things that have happened in that house... segueway into the first story.
Four tales of suspense and death with last moment twists to them, all connected to The House That Dripped Blood!…
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…
Although none of the stories in this anthology horror movie are actually great, this is an enjoyable watch thanks to the cast of ever-dependable stars (Cushing, Lee, Denoholm Elliott, Joss Ackland, John Pertwee, etc) and the perverse pleasure of most of the punchlines. Amicus did many of these films, of course, and most of them are worth your time.
Reviewing anthology movies is hard. I picture you, dear reader, trudging through endless paragraphs of plot synopsis and I feel guilty. I have let you down.
My duty as a reviewer is to describe the film. My job as a writer is to respect your time and attention.
And so my challenge is to describe the picture in a succinct manner that holds your interest. Not that different, I suppose, from what I expect of the films I review.
But just as I’m willing to humor a movie that stumbles, provided its intentions are good, I ask you, dear reader, to bear with me.
The House that Dripped Blood comprises four stories revolving around an old English country house. They…
Handsomely photographed and designed horror anthology suffers from stories that, though all written by Robert Bloch, lack a consistent tone or any overarching themes (other than DON'T BUY A HOUSE FROM A REALTOR NAMED A.J. STOKER, OK?).
This is the third of the Amicus anthology films and it is one of the best. Each of the four stories are engaging and well executed. The whole film has a quiet eeriness about it and once again they assembled a fantastic cast.
With a title like The House That Dripped Blood, it's no surprise that it would turn out to be a rather corny film, however each of the four short horror stories are fun in their own unique way and make for an enjoyable watch overall. Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing and the alluring Ingrid Pitt highlight a quality cast who are all impacted in some manner by the aforementioned creepy house. I wouldn't consider this a horror classic since the stories are good-not-great, but it's certainly worth the time of those who are fans of the genre.
Fun vignette-concept, lots of good acting, psychological twistiness.
In The House that Dripped Blood, fine performances from some of Hammer Horror's greatest talent and eerie production design aren't enough to salvage an uneven anthology script.
Dr. Marcus Brody wears a sweet cream cardigan and pink shirt combo that would make Andy Warhol jealous.
Not much in the way of scares. There's some stained glass windows that clash with forest green wallpaper, which is the most horrifying thing in the movie.
I usually dig these old horror anthology films, and of course it's ALWAYS awesome to see Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee and Ingrid Pitt, but I just found this one to be mostly boring. The framing device of having all four stories in the same house is ultimately meaningless (there's some talk about the house itself being cursed and causing the events, but nothing we see lends any credence to that), and the pacing is just a little too relaxed in the first two stories. Things get a little better with the third story, in which Lee hires a nanny to take care of his mysterious young daughter - this one has a decent twist, and is probably the most effective…
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