Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Theatre of Blood (1973) aka Much Ado About Murder

 4 / 5 Jun '09
Tagline: At your own risk
Directed by: Douglas Hickox
Written by: Anthony Greville-Bell, Stanley Mann
Actors include: Vincent Price, Diana Rigg, Ian Hendry
Genre: Horror
Length: 104 minutes
Banned: Norway
Country: UK

I must admit that I was a little worried I wouldn't quite understand this one as it's based around Shakespeare. After just a few minutes I was put to ease when I realized that even someone who had never heard that playwright's name could follow this one. Vincent plays an actor who will only star in Shakespearean films that is presumed dead. He received hilariously horrid reviews so along with a group of homeless play enthusiasts they exact revenge on critics. What's so funny is that they use scenes from Shakespeare to kill or rather they adapt the stories to gruesome murder. The deaths are gory and fantastic, it's filled with kill after kill making it easy to understand plus we get briefed on anything we may not know before it happens. You couldn't ask for a tighter and more colorful slasher comedy, it's quite a treat for nearly anyone I'd imagine.

Availability:  On DVD

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