The House That Dripped Blood (1971)

PETER DUFFELL

Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  , 1971.  .  Screenplay by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .

A Scotland Yard detective heads out to the country to investigate the disappearance of a famous movie star from the mansion he has been renting.  The police officer at the local station tells him that the house the star rented is haunted, and tells our detective three stories as proof:  as a novelist who is having visions of the mad villain in his latest story,  as a lonely gentleman who is fixated on a figure in a local waxworks who resembles his lost love, and  as a man who has invited a governess to live with him and his mysterious daughter.  The London investigator then goes to the estate agent who rents the house out, who tells him the story of the man he is searching for, as an actor famous for playing Dracula in a number of films who, thanks to the purchase of a vampire’s cape that possesses real powers, has gone a bit too method in his performance.  Made from a screenplay by Robert Bloch (who wrote the novel that Psycho was based on), it’s a fun omnibus of horror skits that are not particularly scary (the first one might be the only one that still has any chills left in it) but are all very entertaining.  The last story is the best, featuring the lovely and abandoning any pretense of being frightening in favour of wry comedy in the vein (no pun intended) of Polanski’s Fearless Vampire Killers.

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