The House That Dripped Blood Reviews
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.
Amicus studios produced a number of excellent horror films under the shadow of the far better known "Hammer Studios" and THE HOUSE THAT DRIPPED BLOOD is one of it's most effective.
Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee are, of course perfect in their respective roles... but an added feature for fans of British cinema is the notable performances by Denholm Elliot and Jon Pertwee.
This one is fun to watch! Much, much different from today's horror movies and even from contemporary American horror movies of it's time.... THE HOUSE THAT DRIPPED BLOOD must be approached with an understanding of British Horror films of the era to be truly appreciated.
The cast, which is greatly assembled, consists of Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, and Jon Pertwee. The acting in this movie is actually really good and each story is equally creepy and fun.
My favourite story out of the four is either "Waxworks" starring Peter Cushing or "Sweets for the Sweet" starring Christopher Lee. What I really liked about each story is that none of them had a happy ending for any of the characters.
The entire movie was well thought out and thoroughly enjoyable. It is perfects for a stormy night and I reccommend it to classic horror fans and anthology fans.
Story number one, which is probably the least impressive of the four, deals with a writer and his wife who've just moved in the house and plan to stay just for a short time so that he may write one of his horror novels. He creates a demented character named Dominic, who's a very creepy looking strangler, and soon finds himself going mad as he starts to seeing this beastly looking man everywhere he goes. After his wife convinces him to seek psychiatric help, a sub-plot is introduced which frankly, didn't really work for me. I won't spoil it for you.
The next story (the best in my opinion) stars the wonderful Peter Cushing as Philip Grayson, a man who's moved into the home for his retirement years and soon makes his way to a nearby wax museum(that deals in the macabre) where he's very startled to find a wax figure that looks exactly like a woman from his past. Soon thereafter, an old friend(who also has a history with this woman) is in town for business and drops by to see him. The two men are in for a rude awakening as they soon discover that there was more to this woman than meets the eye.
Story three stars one of my very favorites...Christopher Lee, who plays John Reid. After moving into the home with his peculiar daughter Jane, the nanny that he hires becomes awfully suspicious as to the way Reid suppresses his daughter. Well come to find out...if she knew what Lee did, she would have certainly understood.
The final story is a rather light-hearted vampire tale that stars John Pertwee and Ingrid Pitt. After buying a cloak from a mysterious merchant, actor Paul Henderson finds himself turning into the very creature that he's portrayed several times in his career.
Overall, the pacing and direction were very good, as was the most of the performances. There were nice Gothic touches here and there and an effective score to complement the ambiance. This one's a keeper. Highly Recommended