Theatre of Blood

Theatre of Blood

Douglas Hickox (1973)

X Certificate


Our Score
The magnum opus of Vincent Price's film career, this stylish, witty comedy horror boasts an irresistible premise, an inspired ensemble cast, fabulous music and first-rate production values. In a part he was born to play, Price is classically trained actor Edward Lionheart, who murders theatre critics using famous death scenes from Shakespeare's plays as payback for being dismissive of his talents. Aided by his faithful daughter Edwina (Diana Rigg) and a group of tramps, Lionheart plans each killing with elaborate inventiveness and cunning disguise. Price does a superior job portraying an inferior actor and mines every nuance of tragedy and comedy with triumphant brilliance and delicious gusto. The result is enormously enjoyable.


A Shakespearean actor who has faked his death swears to avenge himself on the critics who scorned his performances. With the aid of his fanatically devoted daughter, he lures the reviewers to grisly fates inspired by the murders featured in the bard's plays. Tongue-in-cheek horror, starring Vincent Price, Diana Rigg, Ian Hendry and Robert Morley.

Cast & Crew

Edward Lionheart Vincent Price
Edwina Lionheart Diana Rigg
Peregrine Devlin Ian Hendry
Trevor Dickman Harry Andrews
Chloe Moon Coral Browne
Oliver Larding Robert Coote
Solomon Psaltery Jack Hawkins
George Maxwell Michael Hordern
Horace Sprout Arthur Lowe
Meredith Merridrew Robert Morley
Hector Snipe Dennis Price
Inspector Boot Milo O'Shea
Sergeant Dogge Eric Sykes
Rosemary Madeline Smith
Maisie Psaltery Diana Dors
Mrs Sprout Joan Hickson
Mrs Maxwell Renée Asherson
Director Douglas Hickox
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Cineman Films LtdGuidance: Contains violence.Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray