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Theatre of Blood Steelbook [Blu-ray]
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 15 June 2015
Great fun, thoroughly enjoyed it. Vincent Price is on top form as the maligned actor who fakes his own death and enacts gruesome revenge, apparently from beyond the grave, on the critics who had so reviled him. There are some lovely touches of humour and plenty of Shakespearean references to keep you entertained. A classic film, and very much worth watching.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 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.
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on 12 September 2017
Wonderful scene when Lionheart has just killed one of the critics and as he's leaving looks at a lascivius picture on the critic's wall then looks back reproachfully at the corpse, LOL. Don't make em like this anymore.
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on 10 March 2017
Camp as they come. Brilliant!
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on 3 August 2017
Great
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on 15 February 2016
Amazing, Vincent Price is definitely one of the greats
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on 17 July 2017
Excellent.
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on 26 January 2015
Very good early British horror film with the added bonus of Vincent Price.
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on 17 April 2017
One of Vincent Price.s most memorable films and great value!
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on 15 November 2015
My favourite film of all time now in Blu-ray! Vincent Price plus so many great old British actors in there - Arthur Lowe, Michael Hordern, Robert Morley, Dennis Price, Ian Hendry, Jack Hawkins and Diana Rigg has never looked lovelier than she does in this. The same can't be said of a rather large Diana Dors though!

Milo O'Shea and Eric Sykes add comedy as the slightly bumbling cops on serial killer Price's tail and you can tell the cast and crew had a blast making it. No wonder it was apparently Vincent's favourite film.

If like me you're a fan of seventies cars you'll love the numerous Rover P6 patrol cars, Hendry's Jaguar XK150 and Hordern's Bentley S3 driving round seventies London.

The bonus feature with soundtrack composer Michael J. Lewis is hilarious, who knew he'd be so camp!
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