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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Theatre of Blood (1973)

Never underestimate a thespian spurned.  Only Vincent Price could pull off this horror/comedy whose murders parallel those found in Shakespeare's plays.  Theater of Blood stars the one and only Price as Edward Lionheart who leads a band of social outcasts on a revenge/murder spree against society's upper crust.  This is fun stuff with Price in full command of both the comedic and horror elements.  It's over the top at times but Price is able to sell it and sell it well.
Kudos to director Douglas Hickox [Zulu Dawn, Brannigan] for keeping the action moving at a nice pace and capturing the gleeful mirth of Price's expressive face.  The blood effects are pretty good as well, especially by early 1970's standards.  This is a really creative screenplay and, in my opinion, screams to be remade.  Now, who could possibly fill Price's shoes in this role?  Watch it and let me know who you think would be a worthy successor.   This one is definitely a keeper.
P.S.  I envision Robert Downey Jr. as Lionheart.
RATING: Very Good.
For more info check out the episode's entry in IMDB.

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