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if only shakespeare had been this good
on 12 September 2009
This 1973 Vincent Price movie followed in the footsteps of The Abominable Doctor Phibes and Doctor Phibes Rises Again revenge by using a theme. In this case it is the works of William Shakespeare.
As a number of self opinionated theatre critics start dying horrible deaths it becomes apparent that they have written one bad review too many.
Vincent Price is the hammy Shakespearean actor Edward Lionheart who believed that the critics had deliberately humiliated him at the Critics Circle Award. At his lowest point they all sniggered and laughed at him and he jumped from the balcony into the Thames. It was believed that he committed suicide, but having been saved by a group of homeless people, he had been waiting for the opportunity for revenge and revenge would be based on the role that each critic had savaged the most.
The murders are from: Julius Caesar, Troilus and Cressida, Cymbeline, Merchant of Venice, Richard the Third, Othello, Henry the Sixth pt1, Titus Andronicus and King Lear.
Diana Rigg plays Edwina Lionheart, his daughter who blames the critics for her fathers death - even calling Devlin her father's murderer.
The critics are: Peregrine Devlin (Ian Hendry), George Maxwell (Michael Hordern), Hector Snipe (Dennis Price), Horace Sprout (Arthur Lowe), Trevor Dickman (Harry Andrews), Oliver Larding (Robert Coote), Solomon Psaltery (Jack Hawkins), Chloe Moon (Coral Browne), and Meredith Merridew (Robert Morley).
The police are Sergeant Dogge (Eric Sykes) and Inspector Boot (Milo O'Shea).
Also of note is Joan Hickson (Miss Marple) as the harrying wife of Arthur Lowe's Horace Sprout - with this one you feel that Lionheart did him a favour; and Diana Dors as Solomon Psaltery's wife. It was on this film that Vincent Price met his future wife, Australian actress Coral Browne.
It's the tongue in cheek humour that makes the film great.
If only Shakespeare had been this good when I was at school.