The House That Dripped Blood

1971, Movie, GP, 101 mins

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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. leave a comment

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