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Theatre of Blood

 
 
Sun, Aug 21, 2016
  • 8:30PM
 
 
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RUN TIME: 104min
RATED: R
FORMAT: 35mm
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Directed by Douglas Hickox | 1973

With Vincent Price, Diana Rigg, Ian Hendry

“Gory, imaginative, wildly melodramatic—good fun”
—Don Druker, Chicago Reader

Vincent Price is at his scenery-chewing best as a hammy Shakespearean actor who takes revenge upon eight less-than-kind theater critics by killing them off in a series of inventively grisly murders, each inspired by the Bard’s plays. The combination of Grand Guignol gore, winking camp, and Price’s priceless incarnations of roles ranging from Julius Caesar to Othello produces a most delicious macabre comedy.

“What creative artist can’t relate to this one? Bitter stage actor Edward Lionheart gruesomely avenges himself by murdering his shortsighted critics in violent tableaus derived from Shakespeare plays. Probably the classiest of Vincent Price’s late career vehicles, in which he’s supported by the cream of British character actor royalty. Beautifully shot entirely on London locations by Wolfgang Suzchitzky with a memorably contrapuntal romantic score by Michael J. Lewis, nuanced direction by Douglas Hickcox and a wittily literate script by Anthony Greville-Bell. Reportedly Price’s favorite role.” —Joe Dante 

 
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