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Theatre of Blood

UK, English, 104 mins

  • Director: Douglas Hickox
  • Writer: Anthony Greville-Bell; Stanley Mann
  • Producer: Gustave M. Berne; Sam Jaffe

CGiii Comment

The most outlandish portrayal is by Robert Morley as a gay critic in a pink suit - with two fluffy poodles - hugely funny - if you are not overly sensitive with grotesque stereotypes.

This is camp horror with more emphasis on the camp than the horror.

Hickox was an old school director - he simply lets the actors do what they do best - upstaging each other with blatant disregard for the audience, script or director.

Really, rather brilliant.


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The(ir) Blurb...

Edward Lionheart (Vincent Price) stars as an actor overlooked for a critics' acting award, despite producing a season of Shakespeare plays. After confronting the Critics' Circle, an attempted suicidal dive into the Thames results in Lionheart being rescued by your typical paraffin/meths/turps swigging tramps. Lionheart then (presumed dead) exacts his grizzly, and quite amusing revenge on the critics who denied him his finest hour.

Cast & Characters

Vincent Price as Edward Lionheart;
Diana Rigg as Edwina Lionheart;
Ian Hendry as Peregrine Devlin;
Harry Andrews as Trevor Dickman;
Coral Browne as Miss Chloe Moon;
Robert Coote as Oliver Larding;
Jack Hawkins as Solomon Psaltery;
Michael Hordern as George Maxwell;
Arthur Lowe as Horace Sprout;
Robert Morley as Meredith Merridew;
Dennis Price as Hector Snipe;
Milo O'Shea as Inspector Boot;
Eric Sykes as Sergeant Dogge;
Madeline Smith as Rosemary;
Diana Dors as Maisie Psaltry

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