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Theater of Blood Details


The darkly comic and sometimes quite gory Theatre of Blood is a vehicle tailor-made for its star [[Performer~P57806~Vincent Price~vincentprice]], brilliantly capitalizing on his reputation as a master of period horror drawn from "literary" sources. Price portrays Shakespearean actor Edward Lionheart, who becomes enraged after losing a prominent acting award and decides to seek revenge on the critics responsible. Fittingly, he using the works of the Bard as a guide, basing his killings on violent scenes from Shakespearean plays. Price takes full advantage of his meaty role, ominously reciting classic Elizabethan monologues while rigging particularly nasty torture devices. This hilarious turn is assisted by a colorful supporting cast, including [[Performer~P50731~Robert Morley~robertmorley]], Richard Coote, and [[Performer~P33243~Michael Hordern~michaelhordern]] as critics and [[Performer~P60244~Diana Rigg~dianarigg]] as Lionheart's devoted daughter and partner in crime. The end result is a wonderfully evil lark that, in its own way, proves surprisingly faithful to the often bloody spirit of Shakespeare; certainly the full implications of Shylock's demand for a "pound of flesh" have rarely been made quite as explicit. ~ Judd Blaise, Rovi


Vincent Price
as Edward Lionheart
Diana Rigg
as Edwina Lionheart
Ian Hendry
as Peregrine Devlin
Harry Andrews
as Trevor Dickman
Coral Browne
as Chlose Moon
Robert Coote
as Oliver Larding
Declan Mulholland
as 8th Meths Drinker
Milo O'Shea
as Inspector Boot
Bunny Reed
as 1st Policeman
Tony Calvin
as Police Photographer
Eric Francis
as "Meths Drinker"
Madeline Smith
as Rosemary
Jack Maguire
as 2nd Meths Drinker
Diana Dors
as Mrs. Psaltery
Michael Hordern
as George Maxwell
Tutte Lemkow
as 1st Meths Drinker
Robert Morley
as Meredith Merridew
John Gilpin
as 4th Meths Drinker
Stanley Bates
as 7th Meths Drinker
Peter Thornton
as 2nd Policeman
Eric Sykes
as Sgt. Dogge
Joan Hickson
as Mrs. Sprout
Arthur Lowe
as Horace Sprout
Dennis Price
as Hector Snipe
Jack Hawkins
as Solomon Psaltery


Douglas Hickox
John Kohn
Stanley Mann
Gustave Berne
Anthony Greville-Bell
Wolfgang Suschitzky
Malcolm Cooke
Michael Seymour
Production Designer
Ann Mollo
Set Designer
Simon Kaye
Sound/Sound Designer
John Stears
Special Effects
Dominic Pulford
First Assistant Director
Tutte Lemkow