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Theatre of Blood

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United Kingdom · 1973
Rated R · 1h 44m
Director Douglas Hickox
Starring Vincent Price, Diana Rigg, Ian Hendry, Harry Andrews
Genre Comedy, Drama, Horror

After receiving bad reviews from members of the Theatre Critics Guild, Shakespearean actor Edward Lionheart fakes his own death and plots the demise of the critics, recreating a famous death from a Shakespeare play for each murder.

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The New York Times by

Douglas Hickox's wry romp spotlights a vengeful Shakespearean ham (Vincent Price) and his helpful daughter (Diana Rigg). It's gory and funny. [14 Apr 1996, p.6]


Paste Magazine by Jim Vorel

Theatre of Blood is a classic revenge story in the Grand Guignol tradition, following a single mastermind as he hunts down and messily dispatches all who have wronged him in ironic fashion.


Los Angeles Times by Kevin Thomas

A triumph of stylish, witty Grand Guignol, it allows Price to range richly between humor and pathos as a crazed Shakespearean actor. It's not too much to say that if horror pictures were taken seriously Price would have been a 1973 Oscar contender. [24 Mar 2005, p.E15]

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