Theatre of Blood (1973)

DOUGLAS HICKOX

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom, 1973.  , .  Idea by , , Screenplay by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by John Kohn, Stanley Mann.  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

For anyone who thinks that Shakespeare is meant to be a quiet and lofty experience, this delicious horror movie that celebrates the violence in his plays is a must-see. is glorious as an actor who, despite having publicly committed suicide two years earlier, is actually still alive and out to get revenge on the critics who panned his performances and denied him the Critics Circle award he coveted for his season of multiple productions of plays by The Bard.  One by one he murders or destroys the life of a theatre writer, each action directly related to a method of violence employed in the particular play that he performed before his supposed demise.  The pound of flesh from The Merchant Of Venice is one thing, but just try not to get super squeamish when he takes revenge in the style of Titus.  has a wonderful supporting turn as Price’s devoted daughter who appears in a number of looney disguises.  The whole thing is nasty, funny and moves at a great clip, benefiting greatly from the rich production design and a truly grand performance by Price, who later said that this was his personal favourite of all his films.

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