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A serial killer stalks London, targeting theater critics who he kills in methods inspired by Shakespeare plays. The police grow to suspect the killer is Edward Lionheart, an egotistical actor who leaped to his presumed death after being denied an important award, mainly due to his refusing to appear in any play not written by Shakespeare. The remaining critics and the police find themselves helpless to stop Lionheart's increasingly baroque revenge, though they contact his daughter in a desperate attempt to find something they can use against him. Everything builds to a reenactment of King Lear in which Lionheart will succeed or die once and for all.
At your own risk
Title: Theater Of Blood
Release Date: April 05, 1973
Runtime: 104 mins
All Genres: Comedy, Mystery, Horror
IMDB Rating: 7.1
Buried.com Rating: 8.1 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With T
MPAA Rating: R
Vincent Price ...Edward Lionheart
Diana Rigg ...Edwina Lionheart
Ian Hendry ...Peregrine Devlin
Harry Andrews ...Trevor Dickman
Coral Browne ...Miss Chloe Moon
Robert Coote ...Oliver Larding
Jack Hawkins ...Solomon Psaltery
Michael Hordern ...George Maxwell
Arthur Lowe ...Horace Sprout
Robert Morley ...Meredith Merridew
Dennis Price ...Hector Snipe
Milo O'Shea ...Inspector Boot
Eric Sykes ...Sergeant Dogge
Madeline Smith ...Rosemary
Diana Dors ...Maisie Psaltry
Joan Hickson ...Mrs. Sprout
Renee Asherson ...Mrs. Maxwell
Bunny Reed ...Policeman
Peter Thornton ...Policeman
Charles Sinnickson ...Vicar
Brigid Erin Bates ...Agnes
Tutte Lemkow ...Meths Drinker
Stanley Bates ...Meths Drinker
Eric Francis ...Meths Drinker
Sally Gilmore ...Meths Drinker
John Gilpin ...Meths Drinker
Joyce Graeme ...Meths Drinker
Jack Maguire ...Meths Drinker
Declan Mulholland ...Meths Drinker
Tony Calvin ...Police Photographer
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Gustave M. Berne
Anthony Greville Bell
Michael J. Lewis
More Movie Taglines:
- At your own risk
- It's curtains for his critics!
- Vincent Price has reserved a seat for you in the "theatre of blood."
- He gave his critics a bloody and violent taste of their own medicine!
- Peregrine Devlin: [Devlin is examining a note on a gift-box] "I am sorry to miss the meeting, but my heart is with you. George." [he opens it and it contains George's bloody heart]
Peregrine Devlin: It's him all right. Only Lionheart would have the temerity to rewrite Shakespeare!
[repeated line] Various: [shocked] Lionheart!
Peregrine Devlin: Lionheart, what the hell do you want here? Edward Lionheart: [Walking to the best actor award] This. My just reward, the whole world knows it is mine by right. But you deliberately withheld it from me. You deliberately humiliated me in front of my press, my public and my peers. It was the culmination of your determined denial of my genius! For thirty years the public has acknowledged that I am the master, and that this year my season of Shakespeare was the shining jewel in the crown of the immortal bard. But you, with your overweening malice, give the award to a twitching, mumbling boy, who can barely grunt his way through an incomprehensible performance! No, no, it is mine!
Edwina Lionheart: You drunken bum! You should treasure this opportunity to listen to a master, the world's greatest living actor!
- Over six gallons of fake blood was used to produce the eight ghastly murders.
Lionheart's theatre hideout was the Putney Hippodrome, built in 1906. It had been boarded up for fourteen years when it was chosen as a location for this film.
Considered by its star Vincent Price to be his personal favorite of all his films.
Vincent Price fell in love with and married actress Coral Browne during production.
Robert Fuest was asked to direct.
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Rating: 8.1 out of 10.0 - 66 votes cast total