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Theatre of Blood
It's curtains for his critics!
A Shakespearean actor takes poetic revenge on the critics who denied him recognition.
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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…
Aaah the memories. Because I had very strange friends apperently, 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 it 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 on 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 critcs in Shakespeare-inspired ways that amazed me…
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.
This 1973 Vincent Price vehicle is billed as a “horror” film. Certainly there is a lot of blood spilled here (IMD states that something like 10 gallons of stage blood was used in the production), however this is most assuredly NOT a horror film… but more of a satiric and sly little film that takes a great concept and, through the hands of a decidedly mediocre director, manages to entertain, but fails at being something more than a simple diversion.
Here again, my 1973 memory of this film has betrayed me. I had really fond memories of this, mainly for three of actors involved; Price (in arguably his best role), Diana Rigg (does anyone remember Emma Peel?) and the stellar…
Theatre of Blood is about an actor who kills off critics after they give him bad reviews...
...I am now reconsidering being a film critic.
Not being a fan of Shakespeare...at all...made me slightly wary of this viewing, however I was relatively keen to see this Blu-Ray release from Arrow Films considering the reputation & bill of British talent including Vincent Price, Diana Rigg et al.
I wasn't disappointed & the manner in which Vincent Price, playing a Shakespearean actor takes out a host of critics in the form of famous Shakespeare deaths was...an education.
Mr. Lionheart's rendering of the role can only be described as villainous. Placed between the delicately underplayed performances of Tamora and Lavinia; one is irresistibly reminded of a ham sandwich.
And oh, what a glorious sandwich it is! Piled high with deliciously gruesome murders, aromatically cheesy slices of Shakespearean dialogue, crispy leaves of wry wit, slathered with savory condiments of bloodthirsty obsession and revenge; this is the crowning achievement of Vincent Price's brilliant horror career, and the most fun you can have watching a motley assortment of snobbishly obnoxious human beings getting their just desserts.
Elevated by a stellar supporting cast that includes the Crème de la crème of British character actors, Price delivers a gleefully wicked performance, even donning…
I have nothing bad to say about this.
Not what I was expecting, but a pleasant surprise. A greatest hits of Shakespeare's grislier kills inflicted on a circle of cartoonish critics, serially dispatched by Vincent Price's deranged artiste and his troupe of derelicts. It's a lot of fun.
Theatre of blood is just a big, hilarious, bloody delight to watch, full of nice dark humor, splendid british actors and of course, Vincent Price at his best. Just marvelous.
While Hammer was trying to get groovy with the kids with a series of horror misfires, Hickox embraced the present and looked to the past to create one of the great British horror films of the 70s, and a final iconic lead role for Vincent Price; and for that we should be eternally grateful. (Review by Jason Abbey) www.themoviewaffler.com/2014/07/bluray-review-theatre-of-blood-1973.html
A delightfully theatrical horror comedy which sees Vincent Price ham it up in style, in a fashion that actually services the story. He plays Lionheart, a thought to be dead stage actor who holds a deadly grudge against a critics circle that not only gave him bad reviews, but once deprived him of an award he felt he richly deserved. Thus we see him in various guises, with many accomplices, picking off the critics one by one, in gruesome murders inspired by an order of Shakespeare plays. Price is fantastic here, with a line up of celebrated British actors portraying the critics. It's both a lot of fun and genuinely horrifying at times too. Two of the murders, particularly the…
I seem to be the only person not utterly blown away by Arrow's new bluray.
The film of course is great, but the new transfer leaves a lot to be desired, with no attempt to clean up the print (from an American source, judging by spelling of THEATRE in the opening credits; and new studio idents?), and a very soft soundtrack which makes a lot of dialogue inaudible. The image is good however despite a lot of print damage
Surely Vincent Price's best film.
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