Friday, November 18, 2011

The House that Dripped Blood (1971)

Tonight's terrifying tales center around a house, an evil house... THE HOUSE THAT DRIPPED BLOOD! Amicus returns with another of their signature omnibus pictures featuring an all-too-familiar cast and four short stories written by Psycho scribe Robert Bloch. In the first, a Horror writer is driven mad when one of his creations escapes from his imagination... to kill! Peter Cushing stars as the next unfortunate tenant, who finds a statue with an incredible likeness to his past love in the local Museum of Horrors, but he'll lose his head when he finds out just how she got there! When a domineering father moves in with his daughter, the tutor he hires fears that the girl has been a victim of his abuse, until she finds the girl's collection of voodoo dolls! Finally, an eccentric film star attempts to get into character using a mysterious old cape, which he believes transforms him into a vampire by night. Jon Pertwee is wildly entertaining as the jaded film star, but despite its glamorous casting, the young Chloe Franks upstages everyone as the underage sorceress in "Sweets to the Sweet." Her innocent naivete transforms into a devilish grin as she performs her wicked acts against her father. As is usually the case in these types of films, the stories in THE HOUSE THAT DRIPPED BLOOD are a bit uneven, with the first and second falling far behind the remaining two, but they are all enjoyable nonetheless and feature each of the actors and actresses in fine form.

Rating: 8/10.

Movies like THE HOUSE THAT DRIPPED BLOOD:
TALES FROM THE CRYPT, VAULT OF HORROR, ASYLUM, TORTURE GARDEN, FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE.

4 comments:

  1. An irresponsible older sibling took me to the drive-in to see this when I was but a rugrat. It was love at first sight (for the horror genre).

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  2. I have a hard time picking a favorite when it comes to the Amicus films, I enjoy them each equally and this is certainly no exception!

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  3. Having studied the horror anthology film for some years...I've even written a 15,000 word study on the subject that is now gathering dust in a box somewhere, I've come to the conclusion that THE HOUSE THAT DRIPPED BLOOD is the finest horror anthology ever made. It achieves this by virtue of the fact that he doesn't really have a major weak link to unbalance the whole film. The two best tales are the Pertwee and Cushing ones, but the other two aren't far behind. A very consistent film.

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  4. Your name popped into my mind instantly when I decided to watch Shaun! Pertwee was fantastic here, though I was quite fond of the Lee entry (more for Frank's performance). I have FROM BEYOND arriving shortly, and will be picking up TORTURE GARDEN just to give it a go.

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