a list that is trying to contain every horror film made that is not lost and is found on the…
Theatre of Blood
It's curtains for his critics!
A Shakespearean actor takes poetic revenge on the critics who denied him recognition.
The World Is More Than Enough 2: Back To The 30 Countries (19/30 - United Kingdom)
One of the greatest British ensembles you will ever see in a film that starts with Michael Hordern warding off a gang of murderous squatters with his umbrella. I definitely picked the perfect film for the British leg of my May 30 Countries project.
Vincent Price was perfect for this role as well, wasn't he? If you look at his horror film career prior to Theatre Of Blood, the type of performances he almost always turned in were always of the more theatrical style. To say the very least. It almost felt as though his whole career in those kinds of films were one…
Officer, if I'm not mistaken Mr. Psaltry is murdering his wife.
Easily in the running for my new favorite Vincent Price film as he plays a stage actor taking revenge on his critics after his supposed death with the help of his troupe of homeless followers. Each murder is elaborate and accompanied by Price performing Shakespeare. Brilliantly bonkers.
Aaah the memories. Because I had very strange friends apparently, this was one of the first horror movies I ever saw; a friend of mine suggested to watch it when I came over to visit him in sixth grade or so.
I have to admit that I was quite terrified of it when I saw it the first time, but at the same time I realized that horror was my genre.
Yesterday I saw it the for the first time since that fateful day and while I definitely wasn't terrified, I was tremendously entertained by it.
It is not only the at the same time clever and silly premise of killing off critics in Shakespeare-inspired ways that amazed me (elderly…
Hoop-tober! Part 47.
Happy Halloween! It's important that we remember, on this of all days, that Vincent Price was the greatest actor - and possibly greatest human being - that ever lived. Here he gets to play Edward Lionheart, the self-proclaimed greatest actor in the world. How fitting!
I've been saving this one for a while due to its reputation as one of VP's best, and sure enough it's absolutely fantastic. Dr. Phibes is my favourite Price character and The Pit and the Pendulum might be my favourite single performance of his, but I have no problem agreeing that this is his best all-round film - it's funny, scary, gory, clever, twisted and cruel in all of the best possible…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
For some reason I had the impression that this was going to be pretty camp, with Price hamming it up from scene to scene (and the rest of the cast/story acting accordingly). Though he does seem to enjoy the heck out of each role that he plays (and plays them often all the way over the top), the film itself is plain nasty. Any movie that opens with a man being lured under false pretenses to an abandoned building so that he can be killed by crowd of stoned and/or tranced homeless people, in gory detail, is telling you exactly the tone it will be taking for the duration.
Though Rigg's disguise is see-through from her first appearance, the weird…
Death by Shakespeare.
This film has to be seen if only for Vincent Price's most ridiculously bizarre performance ever.
Delightfully weird early seventies Brit Horror. A must watch if that's your thing.
A hilarious horror comedy with good performances from Vincent Price and Diana Rigg.
The early 70s was a great time to be alive
Dismember the Alamo 2015 #4
El día antes de Halloween hubo una especie de huracán en Austin y se cancelaron muchos vuelos. Por culpa de la naturaleza, el programador invitado sorpresa a Dismember the Alamo no pudo acudir al maratón.
El programador sorpresa era John Landis.
Y la película que escogió John Landis fue Theatre of Blood. Y que cosa más estupidamente divertida es Theatre of Blood. Es claro que la forma en la que funciona el humor es muy similar a American Werwolf, en donde los britanicos reaccionan de manera seca a los horrores. Y que divertido es Vincent Price aquí.
Lo que me sorprendió mucho fue su estructura. Lo que otro guionista hubiera planteado como un whodunnit, aquí no pierden el tiempo con el misterio y se concentran simplemente en mostrar un asesinato más espectacular que el anterior (¡Titus Andronicus!), lo cual creo funciona maravillosamente.
Padrísma cosa, mi descubrimiento favorito de Dismember the Alamo.
This film was chosen by John Landis to screen at Austin's Dismember the Alamo marathon on Halloween. I was pleasantly surprised to find it on Amazon Prime because I couldn't wait to to see it again. Each kill is amazing and ridiculous with Vincent Price quoting Shakespeare to top it off.
Top 3 moments
1. The trampoline fencing match
2. The shirt Price is wearing when he's disguised as the hairdresser
3. "Officer, if I'm not mistaken Mr. Psaltry is murdering his wife."
Of course pretentious critics act as the greatest source for revenge fantasies. It's an even greater no brainer to set them at odds with a Shakespeare obsessed Vincent Price looking to enact Bard-inspired melodramatic retribution. Read into the auto-critique as much as you like (The preceding Madhouse provides greater fodder); I'll be here losing my mind over Price ripping off a fake mustache to reveal his existing one.
Also starring Diana Rigg as Paul Williams.
Ultra campy bastard child of Madhouse and The Abominable Dr. Phibes, follwing a washed up actor out for revenge like the former, but having the campy over the top kill setups of the latter. Out of all the Price movies I have seen this one is definitely up there on a pure entertainment level. Wish there was a "Minions" like spin off for his drunken tramps.
Pure, unadulterated horror camp from the undisputed king of the genre, Vincent Price. I doubt if even Vince ever had this substantial a meal on his surrounding scenery ever before or since, and his hammy, murderous recitations of Shakespeare are the star attraction - that it's a bit lumpily paced, repetitive, and lacking in real suspense even compared to Price's earlier AIP thrillers is extremely insignificant. Anyway, they said the same stuff about Shakespeare.
An American Ham in London
Camp, hammy Hammer with Vincent and a list of Brit film and tv notables of the 70s.
We're about half way through the Underrated Series and have finally reached one of the big genres. I'm expecting lots…
Missing films I can't locate on Letterboxd:
Blonde Ambition (1981)
I Like to Watch / Caballero (1982)
Mona the Virgin…