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The one movie that nobody should ever criticise,
This review is from: Theatre Of Blood [DVD] (DVD)
Lionheart is a Shakespearean actor who is so hammy you'd think he was Vincent Price. After his finest acting performance he awaits the applause, but it doesn't come. Instead the critics scoff. In shame the actor apparently kills himself, after which he sets out to get his revenge. One by one he kills off those responsible for his demise using as his inspiration the murders in the plays of Shakespeare...
This is an enjoyable tongue-in-cheek horror film with numerous well-known actors appearing in entertaining small roles such as Arthur Lowe, Dennis Price, Diana Dors, Eric Sykes, Jack Hawkins. In the 70s Vincent Price appeared in several similarly styled movies including the successful Dr Phibes films. I enjoyed this one the most probably because Price's enjoyment of the role is so obvious. Few actors get the chance to play such an ironic self-referential role. Price never received critical acclaim and he was thwarted from playing Shakespearean roles so you can tell that his dispatching of the pompous critics was from the heart. There's little in the way of convincing plot or realistic scenarios and the bumbling police led by Eric Sykes are so ineffective they never stand a chance of defeating Price, but that's not the point. The only point is to root for Price to kill off the critics and to see him chew up the scenery with relish.
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Initial post: 8 Feb 2014 17:06:07 GMT
Timelord - 007 says:
Great horror film, I enjoyed your review.
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