Monday, March 7, 2016

Theater of Blood (1973)

AKA: Theatre of Blood

Director: Douglas Hickox

Writers: Anthony Greville-Bell, Stanley Mann, John Kohn

Composer: Michael J. Lewis

Starring: Vincent Price, Diana Rigg, Ian Hendry, Harry Andrews, Coral Browne, Robert Coote, Jack Hawkins, Michael Hordern, Arthur Lowe, Robert Morley, Dennis Price, Milo O'Shea, Eric Sykes, Madeline Smith, Diana Dors, Charles Gray

More info: IMDb

Tagline: At your own risk

Plot: A Shakespearean actor takes poetic revenge on the critics who denied him recognition.

My rating: 8/10

Will I watch it again?  Yes.

It's funny how a shitty memory can rarely be a glorious thing.  I watched this years ago and forgot everything about it.  I would've watched it sooner now if I'd remembered how damn good it is.  The premise sounds a little hokey but it's in the cast, performances and the execution that make this a great time at the pictures.  The kills are great and Vincent Price destroys it in one of his most enjoyable performances of the latter part of his career.  The rest of the cast is great, too, and I really dig the Edwina (Rigg) character arc.  She's fun.  The only pisser is the MGM Midnite Movies DVD has the film in an OK non-anamorphic widescreen print with the sole extra in the fullscreen trailer.  I'm shocked this isn't on Blu-ray.  I'd trade in the DVD immediately for an upgrade.

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