Tuesday, May 5, 2009

The House That Dripped Blood (1971)

3.5 / 5
Tagline: Vampires! Voodoo! Vixens! Victims!
Directed by: Peter Duffell
Written by: Robert Bloch
Actors include: Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Joss Ackland
Genre: Horror
Length: 102 minutes
Banned: Nope
Country: UK

This is another Amicus anthology and although it starts out rather weakly, I assure you it's worth sticking with for the end two tales. The tales surround a house that a Realitor is trying to rent out, so we are learning about it's previous tenants. The first one is about a writer who draws a picture of a mysterious stranger he thought was watching him, only things get out of hand. Soon his girlfriend questions his sanity, only is this man real? It wasn't that exciting, the next one was strange but not exactly bad. Two older men were obsessed with the same actress, they both end up in a horror wax museum where they find a head that looks like the actress and they become obsessed. It's cute enough but a little derrivative. The next one starts out slow but the payoff is huge, we meet a little girl who's father seems to be cruel to her and have her isolated. A Nanny is hired, but soon they discover the little girl has a taste for witchcraft! The last tale is the best one, we meet an actor who wants an authentic cloak, so he buys it from a strange antique shop, only the cloak comes with the curse of vampirism. It's a shame this set of tales wasn't more consistent or top heavy because the first bit is a little hard to sit through, still watch it because the last half is awesome!

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