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'These critics are on the critical list, and the prognosis is DEATH!'

Having assembled one of the most theatrically refined casts in horror history was no small feat in itself, but creating a grisly horror comedy to merit such esteemed Thespian talent was no small feat and yet Anthony Greville-Bell's sublime sardonically inclined shocker is a macabre masterpiece of deliciously gruesome Grand Guignol overstatement that might have overwhelmed a lesser actor but having the inimitable Vincent Price playing the vengeful, scenery-chewing, recently resurrected critic slaughtering, Shakespearean maestro Edward Lionhart, a quite literally 'larger-than-life' actor whose preternaturally vast dramatic talents are able to traverse the boundaries of death itself! Director Douglas Hickox's highly regarded, outrageously camp classic 'Theatre of Blood' has deservedly grown in sinister stature over the years due in no small part to the increasing reverence film fans have for the incomparable Vincent Price who arguably delivers one of his most imperiously insane performances as the blissfully beastly Edward Lionheart whose elaborately staged slayings are so uncommonly delicious to behold! While demonstratively insane, Vincent Price imbues the outsized character with considerable pathos, in many ways his fulminating anger is somewhat justified, these creatively inert, champagne-swilling critics are little more than pampered, over fed parasites, and, perhaps, their grisly extermination, while admittedly gruesome acts as a cautionary tale for those who frequently treat the great artistic labours of other's which such glib contempt. This gleeful culling of an entitled 'elite' seems no less desirable today, which is another reason why we adore Edward Lionheart so unequivocally. The technical aspects of 'Theatre of Blood' are quite superb, immaculate set design, delightfully vibrant costumes, aesthetic locations and a notable score by Michael J. Lewis all adding to the lurid lustre of this immortal horror classic and yet no praise of this astonishing film would be complete with mentioning the exquisite presence of Diana Rigg as the uncommonly loyal daughter of this most erudite executioner Edwina Lionheart, who brings a great humanity and additional pathos to what was already a genuine classic, but is now widely regarded as one of the very best of its kind.

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