Theater of Blood (Theatre of Blood) (Much Ado About Murder) (1973)

Theater of Blood (Theatre of Blood) (Much Ado About Murder)




Critic Consensus: Deliciously campy and wonderfully funny, Theater of Blood features Vincent Price at his melodramatic best.

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A hammy Shakespearean actor gets the ultimate revenge upon his critics in this stylish horror-comedy. With the help of his loyal daughter, the thespian dispatches those who critiqued his work one by one, with each elaborate murder somehow inspired by a scene from a Shakespeare play.

Rating: R
Genre: Horror, Classics, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Anthony Greville-Bell
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On DVD: Aug 28, 2001


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Critic Reviews for Theater of Blood (Theatre of Blood) (Much Ado About Murder)

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (4)

For anyone who's ever wished ill on a pundit (we know you're out there), Price's merciless antics should strike a gleeful chord.

Full Review… | October 13, 2014
Time Out
Top Critic

Theatre of Blood is black comedy played for chills and mood and emerges a macabre piece of wild melodramatics.

Full Review… | July 1, 2008
Top Critic

Gory, imaginative, wildly melodramatic -- good fun.

Full Review… | September 25, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Comedy horror that really does give Vincent Price a chance to do his stuff, with deliciously absurd results.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Memorable for its lurid set-pieces (notably Robert Morley being forced to eat his own poodles), it also remains a favourite among critics; suggesting, perhaps, a certain guilty conscience. Punish us!

Full Review… | October 13, 2014
Total Film

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.

Full Review… | October 7, 2013
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Audience Reviews for Theater of Blood (Theatre of Blood) (Much Ado About Murder)


Vincent Price's best in my opinion.

Curtis Lilly

Super Reviewer


Much like the Shakespearean plays that feature so heavily in the film, Theatre of Blood is packed with tragedy, melodrama, violence and oodles of black humour. Vincent Price plays Edward Lionheart, an actor with a grudge against a circle of critics he believes singled him out for scathing notices on his season of Shakespeare plays. Believed to be dead, having thrown himself from a high balcony into the Thames, the actually very alive Lionheart wreaks revenge with the help of a strange hippy and a bunch of meths drinking bums.

Director Douglas Hickox brilliantly blends comedy and horror to deliver one of the finest horror movies of the 70s and, as far as I am concerned, the best Vincent Price vehicle of all time. Price is fantastic as the crazed actor out to silence his critics forever and wastes no opportunity to camp up his performance to the max, and he is ably supported by an outstanding cast featuring many names and faces that will be familiar to fans of British cinema and TV: Ian Hendry, Arthur Lowe, Michael Hordern, Robert Morley, and Dennis Price appear as critics; Milo O'Shea and Eric Sykes are the coppers out to catch the murderous thespian; and Diana Rigg and Madeline Smith provide the eye candy (Diana Dors too, if you like your women with a fuller figure).

Despite being blessed with a witty script, brilliant direction and an unbelievably good cast, it is the inventive death scenes that will probably stick in most viewer's minds the most: each murder is inspired by a different Shakespeare play and this gives the makers of the film ample opportunity to splash a bit of blood across the screen. Arthur Lowe's decapitation is a particularly nasty moment (made easier to stomach by Price's wonderful tongue-in-cheek performance) whilst the poodle-pie sequence is gloriously sick and totally unforgettable.

And whilst it is true that there are a few moments which the truly pedantic might pick fault with, the film is so enjoyable that I have no hesitation in awarding Theatre of Blood full marks.

Cassandra Maples

Super Reviewer

I loved this movie, it's one of my favourite Price flicks. His character is fantastic, the story is great, and it's even got a tinge of comedy. I love it, and I highly recommend it.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

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