The House That Dripped Blood (1971)
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as John Reid
as Philip Grayson
as Charles Hilyer
as Ann Norton
as Waxworks Owner
as Von Hartmann
as Police Sergeant Martin
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Three of the episodes are rough-and-ready but vigorous Grand Guignol fun.
The latter two stories, though necessarily too short and too schematic, generate some interest, and humor, and even a bit of characterization.
The first thing that should be noted about The House That Dripped Blood is that no blood is dripped. Knowing this will perhaps save disappointment along the way.
There are other, much better Amicus anthology films out there...
Skillfully written by Bloch and boasting an excellent cast, this omnibus is a bit better than most and was the feature debut of television director Peter Duffell, who wound up returning to small-screen work.
Audience Reviews for The House That Dripped Blood
While investigating the disappearance of actor Paul Henderson(Jon Pertwee), the police take the time to consider the strange cases of the three men who were the previous tenants of the house he was living in. With an ominous sounding title, "The House that Dripped Blood" is an ineffective and lackluster horror movie. So much so, that even Denholm Elliott, Peter Cushing and Chrisopher Lee can do little with their individual segments, each with a twist and poor special effects. It is Jon Pertwee through sheer bug-eyed abandon who makes the biggest impression. But that is still not enough to save the movie.
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.
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.
The House That Dripped Blood Quotes
|Charles:||That's Dominic. He's the villain in my story. He's a strangler who's escaped an asylum for the criminally insane. He roams the country side at night searching for fresh victims laughing maniacally as he kills them.|
|Alice:||Sometimes I wonder where you get your ideas.|
|Charles:||Looking through the window. That's where I first saw him this morning, after you'd left.|
|Alice:||You saw him?|
|Charles:||Only in my mind's eye. From now on Dominic is my partner in crime. He's going to make us a lot of money.|
|Alice:||Well here's to Dominic.|
|Insp. Holloway:||Sergeant Martin?|
|Police Sergeant Martin:||Yes.|
|Insp. Holloway:||Detective Inspector Holloway.|
|Police Sergeant Martin:||Good afternoon sir. It's quite an honour to have you come all this way down from Scotland Yard|
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