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June 23, 2016
The PG rating can be felt in this horror anthology. Even if the stories are passable, a film like this needs some memorable scenes that linger in my mind like a nightmare painting. Unfortunately, I'm already starting to forget these tales.
December 6, 2015
So much more enjoyable and suspenseful than American Horror Story season one.
Super Reviewer
November 21, 2015
An engaging series of four British vignettes set in an appropriately eerie estate centering on the line of consecutive owners. The first yarn involves a hack murder-mystery writer who sees his fictional character, a wild strangler, wandering all around the house. In other segments, the house has been turned into a wax museum with a striking statue of Salome; witches roam the pitted against an ample serving of young innocence; and a film star puts on a genuine Transylvanian cloak for his vampire role and suddenly becomes one. Fine direction by Peter Duffell, with terrific performances from a cast of horror film veterans that included Peter Cushing, Sir Christopher Lee, Ingrid Pitt, and Nyree Dawn Porter. Crackerjack horror 70s classic that provides satisfying chills and entertainment. Recommended.
Super Reviewer
½ June 26, 2015
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.
April 15, 2015
Four short stories about the residents of the title house that ironically has little to no blood involved, but still a good atmospheric film for Halloween!
February 2, 2015
Quite enjoyable anthology starring every actor to have ever been in Doctor Who.
½ November 26, 2014
Solid British horror anthology film that could easily be mistaken for a Hammer Horror film given the cast (Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Ingrid Pitt) and the look and tone of the film, but it's not. Robert Bloch wrote the film, which is four different stories that all revolve around a house with quite a history. At just over 90 minutes, the film doesn't waste a lot of time packing in four stories, along with a wraparound story with the house's nervous new owner inquiring about it's past. The middle two stories are the weaker of the four, but the first one is decent, with Denholm Elliott moving into the spooky house and my favorite is the last one about a horror movie actor (played by the third Doctor) getting a possessed cape. It was also kind of fun seeing a very young Joss Ackland, who for me I primarily remember playing the racist South African in "Lethal Weapon 2."
November 2, 2014
Four short stories about the residents of the title house that ironically has little to no blood involved, but still a good atmospheric film for Halloween!
October 31, 2014
Adapted by Psycho author Robert Bloch from his own short stories, this Amicus horror anthology is set in an English country home where the tenants all meet bloody deaths. Inspector Holloway (John Bennett) is called on to investigate the four cases that comprise the film. In the first, "Method For Murder," a mystery writer (Denholm Elliott) falls victim to a strangler not unlike a character in one of his books. Peter Cushing and Joss Ackland star in the second segment, "Waxworks." They are lured by a living statue of Salome to a wax museum where they are axed by the owner (Wolfe Morris). Christopher Lee is the victim in the third tale, "Sweets to the Sweets," his death brought about by his young daughter's voodoo vengeance. The last segment, "The Cloak," is a humorous tale starring Jon Pertwee as a big-headed actor who, in his quest for authenticity, is given a cloak owned by a real vampire. Although he thinks that he has actually joined the undead, his leading lady (Ingrid Pitt) really is a vampire. 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.
½ October 29, 2014
Decent horror anthology with some big names, like Peter Cushing in segment 2 and Christopher Lee in segment 3. Denholm Elliot, who plays Marcus Brody in the 1st and 3rd Indiana Jones flicks, star in segment 1 and Jon Pertwee, who played the Third Doctor in the long-running series 'Doctor Who' from 1970 - 1974 stars in segment 4, my personal favorite of the four. Recommend for classic horror buffs or Denholm Elliot, Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee or Jon Pertwee fans.
½ 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.
½ 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.
½ 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.
½ May 29, 2013
Mildly entertaining, some decent story and delivery but overall a bit lacklustre
May 24, 2013
Hilarious and gory portmanteau. Classic movie!
½ 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 11, 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
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