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The House That Dripped Blood Reviews

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January 12, 2014
One of the better horror anthologies that Amicus films made during the 70's, thanks to some extremely atmospheric direction and a tight script from horror scribe Robert Bloch. Although it's funny that there's no actual blood spilled in a film called The House That Dripped Blood. And that's the main problem with the's just not scary. A lot of the stories, while sometimes creepy, come off as campy and silly. Still, despite the lack of horror it remains an entertaining film thanks to the stellar cast (Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Jon Pertwee, Denholm Elliott), some spooky atmosphere and the fact none of the stories outstay their welcome. Recommended for fans of campy 70's horror.
December 29, 2013
When a police investigation takes place investigating a missing actor, the inspector in charge soon discovers that the house where the actor lived may be to blame.

I do love a good horror anthology movie, and The House That Dripped Blood is a fine example comprising of four stories and a linking plot. The first three stories are all very well made, all with excellent plots (that include madmen, wax museums and freaky children) that are all pure old school British horror, and star some of the genre greats. The fourth story is a bit of a let down as it's campiness does not suit the tone of the movie, and (even though he was a great actor) Jon Pertwee makes the most unconvincing vampire ever. The blood-letting is non-existent, but it suits the old school feel of the film which prefers to be more eerie than gory. All in all this is a great movie, and a majority of the stories still hold up well today, and if you like a good retro feeling anthology movie that stars some of the greats of the industry, then this is a good example to watch.
October 1, 2013
An anthology I'd never seen, I like this Amicus production quite a bit. Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee both have their own stories here but do not appear together. They are of course, great in their roles and are a joy to watch. But of all of the segments, I like the first one about the strangler the most. It's shot well and there are a lot of scary, shadowy glimpses of the strangler...or is it just the writer's imagination? In the final segment, the main character, who plays a Horror actor, praises Lugosi's Dracula stating that he likes "the first one...not that new guy". The joke at Christopher Lee's expense is easy to miss if you're not paying attention, but it's a classic line.
September 9, 2013
The House That Dripped Blood is another anthology horror film from the good folks at Amicus, the people responsible for Dr. Terror's House of Horrors, Torture Garden, Asylum and most famously, Tales From the Crypt, among many others. I always enjoy these movies, and this is one of the better ones. I wouldn't consider it one of the best, because it does tend to drag in the middle a bit. They actually save the best story for last, which is great, but also a detriment to the rest of the film in a way. The stories are all good, but the story involving the little girl who is a witch is probably the least of the four. It's also nice to see Joss Ackland pop up in the movie, as well as regulars Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee. The only person missing is Vincent Price. If you've seen the other anthology films and haven't seen this one, check it out.
July 21, 2013
it's a anthology of 4 Gothic horror stories 1 of them is good, 1 of them is ok the other two are...honestly I don't really remember the other two.
May 29, 2013
Mildly entertaining, some decent story and delivery but overall a bit lacklustre
April 30, 2013
The 3rd horror anthology film produced by Amicus Productions was scripted by "Psycho"-scribe Robert Bloch, adapted from his own short stories. As is often the case with anthology films, the stories are a mixed bag. The opening story with Elliott has multiple twists that keep you guessing, and many will like the Pertwee segment, although the humour in it wasn't really my taste. The Cushing segment is the weakest of the lot, and Lee's segment while enjoyable, is also utterly predictable. The wrap-around story is really pretty tenuous as well ... a pretty naked ploy to tie together a series of obviously unrelated stories

These kinds of weaknesses are endemic to the horror anthology genre though and are really part of what makes it endearing. Some of the stories are always weak, but they're short and there's another story right after them. The larger story that ties them together is often even weaker, but all it really has to do is get you from one story into the next one. In my mind, horror is at it's best in short, pithy stories like these and a good horror anthology is a joy. With this film's superb cast, it can't help but be worth a viewing.

Super Reviewer

March 9, 2013
The House That Dripped Blood is a near flawless horror anthology that has a great sense of atmosphere which carries on through each story. The film succeeds on many levels due to its well written script, great acting and brilliant directing. This is a great anthology that has well crafted stories that are truly chilling. Director Peter Duffell direction is confident and he has a clear understanding of what makes an effective horror picture. Horror legends Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing give great performances here, and each story has something special to offer to fans. Of all the anthology films that has graced the horror genre; The House That Dripped Blood remains one of the best and is a classic of the genre. If you're looking for genuinely creepy stories, then this movie will surely provide you with what you're looking for. The film delivers something unique in terms of effective horror, and with a great cast, a wonderful script, this is a stunning anthology that remains a well structured movie that stands out above others in the genre. The film mixes all sorts of elements and works well in being a memorable film that stands out among others. This is a brilliant movie that is a must see for anyone looking for four spooky, well constructed stories in one picture. Director Peter Duffell has made a stunning movie that I enjoyed from start to finish. The cast that Duffell work with makes this one quite entertaining and with legends like Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing, this is a winner. If you come across this one, give it a shot, you'll most likely enjoy it.
February 2, 2013
Tonight's terrifying tales center around a house, an evil house... THE HOUSE THAT DRIPPED BLOOD! Amicus returns with another of their signature omnibus pictures featuring an all-too-familiar cast and four short stories written by Psycho scribe Robert Bloch. In the first, a Horror writer is driven mad when one of his creations escapes from his imagination... to kill! Peter Cushing stars as the next unfortunate tenant, who finds a statue with an incredible likeness to his past love in the local Museum of Horrors, but he'll lose his head when he finds out just how she got there! When a domineering father moves in with his daughter, the tutor he hires fears that the girl has been a victim of his abuse, until she finds the girl's collection of voodoo dolls! Finally, an eccentric film star attempts to get into character using a mysterious old cape, which he believes transforms him into a vampire by night. Jon Pertwee is wildly entertaining as the jaded film star, but despite its glamorous casting, the young Chloe Franks upstages everyone as the underage sorceress in "Sweets to the Sweet." Her innocent naivete transforms into a devilish grin as she performs her wicked acts against her father. As is usually the case in these types of films, the stories in THE HOUSE THAT DRIPPED BLOOD are a bit uneven, with the first and second falling far behind the remaining two, but they are all enjoyable nonetheless and feature each of the actors and actresses in fine form.

-Carl Manes
I Like Horror Movies
David S

Super Reviewer

December 31, 2012
I'm a sucker for these Amicus portmanteau films and this is one the good ones. The stories with Elliot and Cushing are chilling and the Pertree vampire one is just plain silly. No story outstays it's welcome and they're nicely scripted by 'Psycho' writer Bloch (who also scripted the excellent 'Asylum' for Amicus too). A fun collection of horror stories.
September 25, 2012
Classic British horror anthology. The first story in particular is VERY creepy. Watch this one with the kids - it's only a PG ;)
April 24, 2012
From Amicus Productions, who made horror films such as I, Monster (1971) and The Beast Must Die (1974), this is an anthology horror that was written by Psycho author Robert Bloch, it's very effective and it ranges from very creepy to rather cruel to unintentionally hilarious, all set around one setting. Inspector Holloway (John Bennett) from Scotland Yard has been sent to a country house to investigate the disappearance of film star Paul Henderson (Jon Pertwee). Holloway hears 4 stories from local Police Sergeant Martin (John Malcolm) and estate agent A.J. Stoker (John Bryans). He hears about how horror writer Charles Hillyer (Denholm Elliot) whose creation seems to have come to life and is plaguing him, then there's friends Philip Grayson (Peter Cushing) and Neville Rogers (Joss Ackland) who become obsessed with a waxwork. There's the story of strict father John Reid (Christopher Lee) who gets more than he bargained for from his neglected, unhappy daughter Jane (Chloe Franks), and then the tale of when Paul Henderson bought a vampire's cloak from Theo von Hartmann (Geoffrey Bayldon). It's actually a good horror film that goes from psychological to physical horror from story to story. It has a good ensemble at it's centre, and it's great fun. Jon Pertwee manages to steal the film from everyone else, God knows how, but it's a horror film that manages to hold your attention and all the stories and it's wraparound manage to work as well.
April 18, 2009
Saved by the Pertwee tale in all honesty. But that man brightened up the screen in Thespian loveliness.
March 3, 2012
A lot of fun/thrills and thoroughly recommended. The cast is outstanding. Lee is currently making Dark Shadows and is now 90 years old!
July 8, 2011
Not as captivating as "Asylum" which is also an Amicus film. Characters weren't that interesting in THTDB. I did like the twist in the first story though. Definitely check this film out if you are a horror fan and enjoy movies with different stories in them. You won't regret it.
March 19, 2011

Super Reviewer

September 5, 2010
A pretty good anthology horror film with good actors and interesting stories, I especially liked the vampire one. Some stories are better than others, but overall it's a pretty good movie.
December 7, 2010
At times good but not consistently good.
June 30, 2010
A fun, fairly kitsch, anthology with some real horror greats.
June 10, 2010
It's quite an enjoyable movie, in fact, lately I find myself being more entertained by old movies than new ones. Maybe it's because I've been watching quite a few of them lately and I've gotten used to steady shots and easy transitions. Nevertheless, it's been a long while since I reviewed a movie mainly because it's being a long while since I watched one, I've been incredibly busy but now I am glad to have broken this "movieless" chain.

Written by the same author of "Psycho", "The House that Dripped Blood" is a pretty original movie which achieves its premise well, and that is to be creepy. Christopher Lee gave a very impressive performance in both his roles and John Pertwee was very good as well. The rest of the cast did okay, not bad, just okay.

The movie is told to us in flashbacks revolving around a guy who is selling this blood dripping house to a detective investigating the case. Now, you can see with this one some similarities with "Psycho" in the sense of all the psychological references the movie gives, even the final conclusion which, although not predictable it was just okay. I mean, it wasn't a conclusion that would leave you amazed or open mouthed at its creativity, but it will leave you satisfied.

One thing that "Psycho" exceeds over this one is dialogue, for "Psycho" had some memorable quotes, this one doesn't.

Overall, this is a fine flick that isn't quite groundbreaking, but entertains and satisfies in its ideas.
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