Theater of Blood (Theatre of Blood) (Much Ado About Murder)
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Theater of Blood (Theatre of Blood) (Much Ado About Murder)
The darkly comic and sometimes quite gory Theatre of Blood is a vehicle tailor-made for its star Vincent Price, brilliantly capitalizing on his reputation as a master of period horror drawn from "literary" sources. Price portrays Shakespearean actor Edward Lionheart, who becomes enraged after losing a prominent acting award and decides to seek revenge on the critics responsible. Fittingly, he using the works of the Bard as a guide, basing his killings on violent scenes from Shakespearean plays. Price takes full advantage of his meaty role, ominously reciting classic Elizabethan… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Theatre of Blood is black comedy played for chills and mood and emerges a macabre piece of wild melodramatics."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"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."
‑ Alan Jones, Radio Times
"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."
‑ Elena Razlogova, PopMatters
"Wholly entertaining and memorable, Theatre of Blood is ripe camp, an excellent film, and a lasting tribute to the career of one of the most important actors in the genre."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"For the poodle scene alone..."
‑ Emily Blunt, Blunt Review
"Gory, imaginative, wildly melodramatic -- good fun."
‑ Don Druker, Chicago Reader
"Ferocious gore-satire"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Now we don't normally take to the idea that someone should go around murdering critics, since more than one disc producer is after our own head, but the movie is always a treat when it shows up on late night television."
‑ Douglas Pratt, DVDLaser
"Superbly Vincent Price!"
‑ Kim Newman, Empire Magazine
"Wasted cast in a misguided thriller."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Comedy horror that really does give Vincent Price a chance to do his stuff, with deliciously absurd results."
‑ , Time Out
"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."
‑ Steve Biodrowski, ESplatter
"Most easily described as 'deliciously nasty,' though some moments are far from delicious."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"You can't help but like a film with as much verve, wit and (of course) gore as this one. A bloody good show."
‑ , Film4
"Price is a grand ham in this neat horror film."
‑ Gerry Shamray, Your Movies (