Theater of Blood (Theatre of Blood) (Much Ado About Murder)
Theater of Blood (Theatre of Blood) (Much Ado About Murder) (1973)

A hammy Shakespearean actor gets the ultimate revenge upon his critics in this stylish horror-comedy. With the help of his loyal daughter, the thespian dispatches those who critiqued his work one by one, with each elaborate murder somehow… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: August 28, 2001
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96%
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82%



Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Deliciously campy and wonderfully funny, Theater of Blood features Vincent Price at his melodramatic best.

Keith Uhlich
Time Out New York

For anyone who's ever wished ill on a pundit (we know you're out there), Price's merciless antics should strike a gleeful chord.

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David Pirie
Time Out

Comedy horror that really does give Vincent Price a chance to do his stuff, with deliciously absurd results.

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Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion

Ferocious gore-satire

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Variety Staff
Variety

Theatre of Blood is black comedy played for chills and mood and emerges a macabre piece of wild melodramatics.

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Ali Catterall
Total Film

Memorable for its lurid set-pieces (notably Robert Morley being forced to eat his own poodles), it also remains a favourite among critics; suggesting, perhaps, a certain guilty conscience. Punish us!

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Steve Biodrowski
ESplatter

One of the highlight's of Vincent Price's later career, a film that fused his reputation as a horror star with his penchant for self-parody.

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Don Druker
Chicago Reader

Gory, imaginative, wildly melodramatic -- good fun.

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Alan Jones
Radio Times

The magnum opus of Vincent Price's film career, this stylish, witty comedy horror boasts an irresistible premise, an inspired ensemble cast, fabulous music and first-rate production values.

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Elena Razlogova
PopMatters

Theater of Blood reprises the multiple-revenge theme of the Phibes films, but injects new life into the concept with a superior script and stellar cast.

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Flixster Audience Score: 82% Flixster User Reviews
Curtis Lilly
Vincent Price's best in my opinion.
Greg S
A Shakespearean actor kills off the critics who gave him bad notices by recreating death scenes from the Bard's plays. Slyly hilarious black comedy that… More
Cassandra Maples
Much like the Shakespearean plays that feature so heavily in the film, Theatre of Blood is packed with tragedy, melodrama, violence and oodles of black humour.… More
Randy Tippy
Vincent Price is a scorned stage actor out for revenge against the critics who mocked him. One by one his detractors meet gruesome, Shakespeare-inspired ends.… More
AJ Verser
I loved this movie, it's one of my favourite Price flicks. His character is fantastic, the story is great, and it's even got a tinge of comedy. I… More
_kelly .King
This is how middle schoolers should be taught Shakespeare, and what every aspiring critic should consider before definitively choosing criticism as their… More