Theater of Blood
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Price's all-star victims include his real-life wife, Coral Browne, Harry Andrews, Ian Hendry, Jack Hawkins, Robert Morley (especially funny twist on the tale!), Denis Price and Diana Dors and more. Hot on the trail of the killer, with Hendry in tow, are Inspector Boot (Milo O'Shea) and Sergeant Dogge (Eric Sykes), but Price and his "helper" are one step ahead.
It's Price at his wickedly delightful best. And great to see the funny takes of the Bards tales being used as a murder medium. Douglas Hickox (Zulu Dawn, Sitting Target), ably orchestrated the marvelously talent crew of actors through this
black humor marathon.
1973's Theatre Of Blood followed the two Dr. Phibes films which were marvelously devilish black comedies. In Theatre Of Blood, Price tops his Phibes performances. Price plays Edward Lionheart, a Shakespearan actor loved by his fans but mercilessly reviled by a group of snobby theatre critics who berate his performances in print and later humiliate him at an awards ceremony. Lionheart sets out to get revenge on the nine critics by use of murder plots in Shakespeare's plays. The makeup and costumes are superb as well as the supporting cast -- particularly the lovely Diana Rigg, Milo O'Shea, and Robert Morley. Price dons dozens of disguises as he methodically carrys out his mission. He's hysterically funny as "Butch", a hairdresser for one of the female critics. This film should be considered among his essential works.
Theater Of Blood evokes both themes, taking the revenge theme of The Abominable Dr. Phibes, also starring Price, further, in terms of gore and violence. The tale of Edwin Lionheart, a hammy theater actor who seeks revenge after the critics who denied him the Critics Circle Award for Best Actor. He murders them in the manner of deaths performed in Shakespeare's plays. To this end, he is assisted by a group of drunks, billed as the Meth Drinkers, who obey their master and relish the killings as much as he. Vincent Price excels himself in the role of Lionheart and for this, he deserves a positive award of some kind.
Ian Hendry plays the harried head of the Critics Circle, Peregrine Devlin, Diana Rigg plays Lionheart's daughter Edwina, and Milo O'Shea (Duran Duran in Barbarella), plays Inspector Boot. Other familiar British faces include veteran actor Michael Hordern, Arthur Lowe (No Sex Please We're British, Dad's Army, Bless Me, Father) and Dennis Price (The Lavender Hill Mob, The Magic Christian) in one of his last films--he died the same year as the movie's release. John Morley, another veteran, plays a critic who is more than a bit camp, never without two poodles in his arms. Joan Hickson, who plays the wife of one of the critics, is seen here not only thinner but with red hair. A sharp contrast to her best known role as Miss Marple. British sexpot Diana Dors makes an appearance, still sensuous.Read more ›
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Have patience for Shakespeare, but you get to see Vincent Price playing out a lot of different characters in this film.Published 2 months ago by Krystal Clifton
One of my favorite Vincent Price films because the story is so engaging and the cast, including Diana Rigg, is superb. A must see!Published 3 months ago by Adele Keohan
Camp to the max in this Vincent Price treasure! Five stars all the way.Published 3 months ago by Geoff in Columbus
If anyone but Vincent Price had played the main character, I would have given the movie 3 stars instead of 4. Read morePublished 3 months ago by brian guy
One of my favorite movies by Vincent Price. My only complaint was that son of a b*tch Devlin escaped with his life. Read morePublished 4 months ago by josue m.
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