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

A Shakespearean actor becomes enraged after losing a prominent acting award and decides to seek revenge on the critics responsible, and he does so using the works of the Bard as a guide, basing his killings on violent scenes from… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: April 5, 1973
DVD Release Date: August 28, 2001
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Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

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

Keith Uhlich
Time Out

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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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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Variety Staff

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

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

Many actors would kill for the opportunity to perform Shakespeare on screen -- here, Vincent Price gets to have his soliloquy and devour it, too.

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Fernando F. Croce

Ferocious gore-satire

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Don Druker
Chicago Reader

Gory, imaginative, wildly melodramatic -- good fun.

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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

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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Flixster Audience Score: 81% 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 V
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