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Directed by Douglas Hickox

United Kingdom 1973 104 mins. In English

Of all the campy, deranged, and occasionally homicidal roles memorably embodied by horror film icon Vincent Price, this was reportedly his favorite. Thwarted out of a prestigious lifetime acting achievement award, Shakespearian actor Edward Lionheart (Price) decides to wreak Bard-themed revenge upon the critics who panned his performances during his career. Drawing from some of the most grisly and memorable scenes from Shakespeare’s canon, the film careens exuberantly from one hilariously over-the-top tableau to another, allowing its star ample time for both scenery chewing and gory comeuppance. Co-starring a surprisingly starry host of British thespians (including Dame Diana Rigg as Lionheart’s daughter and co-conspirator Edwina), Theatre of Blood is “black comedy played for chills and mood and emerges a macabre piece of wild melodramatics.”—Variety.