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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.
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…
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!…
OK I have to finally admit it to myself: I just don't like either anthology films or this kind of campy British horror. Despite the brilliant cast this was pretty creaky.
The House That Dripped Blood is an excellent horror anthology film. It's comprised of four stories revolving around one house, though the house really isn't the centerpiece. It just serves as a place where devilry things occur.
The House That Dripped Blood is a kin to Bava's Black Sabbath, where atmosphere is half the delight. It also boasts the acting duo of Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee. The film dabbles with vampires, haunted houses, witchcraft, and even a creepy wax museum.
Personally I love a good horror anthology when done right. This one is.
Moderately entertaining, but not quite scary, this anthology of horror tales (penned by Psycho scribe Robert Bloch) coasts by on the predictable comforts a well-executed genre film can provide. It's slightly goofy from time to time, but that's half of its (limited) charm. None of the segments especially stands out here, which is something of a bummer. After all, a mediocre movie like Trilogy of Terror can become a classic due to one superb episode.
One of the better horror anthologies that Amicus films made during the 70's, thanks to some extremely atmospheric direction and a tight script from horror scribe Robert Bloch. Although it's funny that there's no actual blood spilled in a film called The House That Dripped Blood. And that's the main problem with the film...it's just not scary. A lot of the stories, while sometimes creepy, come off as campy and silly. Still, despite the lack of horror it remains an entertaining film thanks to the stellar cast (Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Jon Pertwee, Denholm Elliott), some spooky atmosphere and the fact none of the stories outstay their welcome. Recommended for fans of campy 70's horror.
An example of what not to do with an anthology?
THE WRAPAROUND - Eh. Typical. Scotland Yard dude scoffs at supernatural stories all surrounding this house. Scotland Yard dude finds out it's all true...the hard way. Yippee.
METHOD FOR MURDER - interesting setup with a fictional murderer seemingly coming to life and stalking the author who created him. Could have been eerie with that setup, but the twist makes it pretty generic, but the twist within the twist is decent. Altogether lazy.
WAXWORKS - Peter Cushing and his friend become fascinated with a wax woman in a wax museum. Probably the best segment, with a pretty cool ending.
SWEETS FOR THE SWEET - Pretty forgettable. Christopher Lee is a strict…
A decent anthology film. A writer creates a serial killer who is far too real, two dudes freak out over a wax figurine who looks familiar, Christopher Lee's daughter is a witch, and an old actor becomes a vampire. The first and third are the real gems here. The serial killer is incredibly creepy and Lee fighting his own conscience over whether or not he should kill his daughter is seriously messed up. The vampire stuff is out of another, campier film, and the Cushing-led wax story just kind of melts away.
While investigating the disappearance of actor Paul Henderson(Jon Pertwee), the police take the time to consider the strange cases of the three men who were the previous tenants of the house he was living in.
With an ominous sounding title, “The House that Dripped Blood” is an ineffective and lackluster horror movie. So much so, that even Denholm Elliott, Peter Cushing and Chrisopher Lee can do little with their individual segments, each with a twist and poor special effects. It is Jon Pertwee through sheer bug-eyed abandon who makes the biggest impression. But that is still not enough to save the movie.
The selection of stories in this Amicus-produced horror anthology isn't their worst, but it's not their best, and the framing device is probably their laziest. Easily the best segment is the final one with Jon Pertwee (aka The Third Doctor) playing a spoof of co-stars Cushing and Lee as an aging horror star who's slowly turning into a real vampire. It moves at a brisk pace, is always entertaining, and doesn't take itself too seriously. All in all, it's a fun movie, but Amicus has made better.
All the films mentioned by name in Kim Newman's definitive encyclopedia of horror films, Nightmare Movies. Well worth a read.…