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Theater of Blood Details

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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

Cast

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
Eric Sykes
as Sgt. Dogge
Jack Maguire
as 2nd Meths Drinker
Tutte Lemkow
as 1st Meths Drinker
John Gilpin
as 4th Meths Drinker
Jack Hawkins
as Solomon Psaltery
Madeline Smith
as Rosemary
Arthur Lowe
as Horace Sprout
Diana Dors
as Mrs. Psaltery
Joan Hickson
as Mrs. Sprout
Bunny Reed
as 1st Policeman
Peter Thornton
as 2nd Policeman
Declan Mulholland
as 8th Meths Drinker
Robert Morley
as Meredith Merridew
Tony Calvin
as Police Photographer
Milo O'Shea
as Inspector Boot
Eric Francis
as "Meths Drinker"
Stanley Bates
as 7th Meths Drinker
Michael Hordern
as George Maxwell
Dennis Price
as Hector Snipe

Crew

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