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Theatre of Blood

1973 / d. Douglas Hickox
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Pure grotesque fun as only Vincent Price can promise to deliver. Starring as a wronged actor seeking vengeance on a group of eccentric critics, Price gleefully hams it up as he slashes, cuts, and quotes lines from Shakespeare. Similar to his DR. PHIBES series, Price delivers poetic justice in highly-intriguing and wicked fashion. All the deaths that occur in the film are modeled after the demises of some of the Bard’s most famous characters. If one were to watch this film for any reason, let it be for these two: not only do you witness Price masquerade as a French gourmet chef stuffing pieces of poodle pie down a cad’s gagging throat, but you also have the rare pleasure of viewing the Prince of Terror disguised as a homosexual hairdresser, with afro, sunglasses, and all political incorrectness included. Pile on top of that killings that involve heart rippings, decapitations, gang stabbings, electrocution by hair dryer, and a spectacular spear to the chest and you have a marvelous show of gruesomeness that should not be missed by any horror fan! (JC)