THEATRE OF BLOOD (1973) C widescreen 104m dir: Douglas Hickox
w/Vincent Price, Diana Rigg, Ian Hendry, Harry Andrews, Coral Browne, Robert Coote, Jack Hawkins, Michael Hordern, Arthur Lowe, Robert Morley
A fine black comedy with Vincent Price as a Shakespearean actor seeking revenge on critics he believes denied him a prestigious acting award.
From The Movie Guide: "Clearly inspired by the success of the 'Dr. Phibes' series, THEATRE OF BLOOD goes one better by allowing Price to glory in his peculiarly Gothic acting style. He is wonderful here, delighting in every grotesque killing and relishing the excerpts from Shakespeare while outfitted in a variety of outlandish costumes. While Price dominates the film with his superb performance, he is ably supported by a top-notch cast --- all of whom agreed to do the film in homage to Price. Director Douglas Hickox wisely chooses a very fluid cinematic style to provide a contrast to the distinctly theatrical script. He skillfully intertwines hilarious black humor with some surprisingly intense Grand Guignol effects. Wholly entertaining and memorable, THEATRE OF BLOOD is ripe camp, an excellent film, and a lasting tribute to the career of one of the most important actors in the genre."