Dance of Death (1969) 1967 PG CC

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A filmed record of Laurence Olivier's farewell theatrical performance as the canny, psychotic captain of the August Strindberg play.

Starring:
Boris Karloff, Julissa
Runtime:
2 hours 29 minutes

Dance of Death (1969)

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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Scott T. Rivers VINE VOICE on October 7, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
One of Boris Karloff's last films, "Dance of Death" is a depressing experience. Those who ridicule Bela Lugosi for his Ed Wood collaborations should take a look at this shabby Mexican production. It's hard to believe, but Karloff sunk even lower than Lugosi when he agreed to appear in this exploitation trash.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Brian W. Fairbanks VINE VOICE on January 30, 2007
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"Dance of Death" is a trashy made in Mexico quickie, one of four that the great Boris Karloff agreed to appear in for Columbia shortly before his 1969 death. I hope he was well-paid. Karloff fans eager to see all of the King of Horror's films are the only audience for this, and even they will likely be disappointed.

Brian W. Fairbanks
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Brett Johnson on May 1, 2003
Format: DVD
Like a lot of washed up actors, Boris Karloff took just about anything that came his way late in his career, and this movie is one of the films which proves that. "Dance Of Death" is actually a Mexican production whose concept is infinitely more interesting than what appears on the screen.
Karloff's character is going mad and he invites all of his remaining relatives to his mansion. For reasons I won't bother going into, he believes that one of them is commiting a string of murders. He decides that the only solution is to kill each of his relatives.
That isn't anything original, but how the killings are supposedly taking place sounded intriguing. Karloff owns several toys which are rumored to be able to come to life and murder people. The execution of the idea unfortunately did not live up to the premise.
The "toys" (except for one) were obviously just adult men wearing costumes. Wow...how exciting. The rest of the film was just as disappointing. Events unfolded at an excrutiatingly slow pace and the production values were quite poor.
With all of the films which Karloff made, you can easily find much better ones to spend your money on.
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4 of 9 people found the following review helpful By mykl on October 16, 2002
Format: DVD
This is the kind of movie you watch in a cold, dark basement at three in the morning, perferably when raining.
Its just that kind of movie.
The last half hour make the movie worth while, the beginning is a bit slow, but has a build-up. The killer toys are creepy and create a great effect in the old mansion.
ays black and white on the box, but it is color.
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