The House That Dripped Blood (1971)

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This anthology picture about a bad-luck mansion is a thriller with four episodes--all framed by a police investigation. A review of the files of the local policeman (John Bennett) shows that everyone who has owned the mansion has died in a horrible fashion. In the first episode, "Method for Murder," the obsessions of a mystery writer (Denholm Elliott) provide his wife with an opportunity to do him in. In the second, "Waxworks," Peter Cushing is the unhappy recipient of the attentions of a jealous husband. The third, "Sweets to the Sweet," has Christopher Lee fall victim to his charming little daughter, who plays with voodoo dolls. In "The Cloak," Jon Pertwee (best known for his TV portrayal of Dr. Who) is a horror-film star who insists on authenticity in his costumes. Somehow, he is given the cloak of a real vampire, with humorously ghoulish results. ~ Clarke Fountain, Rovi
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PG
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Classics , Horror
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Cast

Peter Cushing
as Philip
Joss Ackland
as Jonas Rogers
John Bryans
as Stoker
John Bennett
as Insp. Holloway
Ingrid Pitt
as Carla
Geoffrey Bayldon
as Von Hartmann
Robert Lang
as Psychiatrist
John Malcolm
as Police Sergeant Martin
Wolfe Morris
as Waxworks Owner
Tom Adams
as Dominick
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All Critics (9) | Top Critics (2)

Three of the episodes are rough-and-ready but vigorous Grand Guignol fun.

Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The latter two stories, though necessarily too short and too schematic, generate some interest, and humor, and even a bit of characterization.

Full Review… | May 8, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | October 24, 2013
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

There are other, much better Amicus anthology films out there...

January 28, 2008

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.

Full Review… | December 10, 2007
TV Guide

Narrando quatro pequenas histórias, é um filme irregular cujo apelo se mantém graças ao ótimo calibre de seu elenco.

September 5, 2005
Cinema em Cena

Audience Reviews for The House That Dripped Blood

½

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.

Walter M.
Walter M.

Super Reviewer

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.

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

½

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.

Aj V
Aj V

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