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Author Topic: Theatre of Blood (Douglas Hickox, 1973)  (Read 11628 times)

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Re: Theatre of Blood (Douglas Hickox, 1973)
« Reply #30 on: 25 Nov 2007 - 00:48 »

I guess "THEATRE" is more formal or classy while the other is seen as more relaxed or casual? Maybe that's just the way it's spelled in the UK? I've wondered that myself from time to time.
Even though we speak the same language a few words are spelt different.

NEIGHBOUR, COLOUR, in the U.K. NEIGHBOR, COLOR, in the States.

also CENTRE and CENTER.

there must be a few more i suppose.
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Re: Theatre of Blood (Douglas Hickox, 1973)
« Reply #31 on: 25 Nov 2007 - 00:53 »

Yeah, that's probably it, just the spelling. Also, brits pronounce some words differently too right? On a lot of Hammer interviews the makers pronounce schedule differently than Americans.
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Re: Theatre of Blood (Douglas Hickox, 1973)
« Reply #32 on: 25 Nov 2007 - 01:02 »

I'd go so far as to say this is as close to perfection as a horror picture can get- a great and witty script, excellent, grand guinol set pieces; I especially have a fondness for the MERCHANT OF VENICE shot after Price has removed the heart. He's in close up with light behind him which accentuates smoke emanating from the beating heart. Some people whine about the ending but I had no problem with it at all. And also love how (whether intentional or unintentional) the film is somewhat autobiographical as Price was constantly called a ham by critics as he is in this movie and the film is his cinematic revenge on all those individuals. The score is beautiful as well and needs a CD release.
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Re: Theatre of Blood (Douglas Hickox, 1973)
« Reply #33 on: 25 Nov 2007 - 09:58 »

I thought it was a very enjoyable film, and I loved getting to see all those familiar British character actors getting bumped off in crazy ways. It is always good to see Dennis Price.

I wrote a review of this a while back, but it is as yet unpublished, so here is a paragraph, mostly concerning the similarities with the earlier Phibes films:

Theatre of Blood was an independent British production, very much in the style of the AIP films of the time, and it obviously owes a great debt to their earlier film Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971), reworking the idea of a serial killer, played by Vincent Price, taking revenge on those he feel has wronged him, with a running theme for all the killings. Fortunately the film is different enough that it remains enjoyably original: The killings themselves are elevated the main role here, permitting much more from Price (who as Dr Phibes is saddled with horrible injuries, and usually has to simply watch as the killings occur), while the police procedurals are almost completely written out. The tone is generally darker than that of Dr. Phibes, and certainly lacks that film's strand of straight-forward comedy, although there is plenty of dark comedy, and a very heavy layer of irony throughout.
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Re: Theatre of Blood (Douglas Hickox, 1973)
« Reply #34 on: 06 Jun 2008 - 16:22 »

Well I've put the review up now... Theatre of Blood

The film was much better than Madhouse which was on the flipside of the MGM disc - a rather tiresome attempt to take an interesting story to feature length - a pity since it had both Cushing and Price in decent sized roles.
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Re: Theatre of Blood (Douglas Hickox, 1973)
« Reply #35 on: 06 Jun 2008 - 16:29 »

Cool stuff Tim I recently got this flipper release and enjoyed the hell out of it. Like you say 'Madhouse' is pretty weak but it's still pretty watchable, what film starring Price and Cushing isn't? I always liked the final shot of Cushing made up to look like Vinnie Price in 'Madhouse', pretty clever makeup I always thought and for years couldn't work out which actor it was wearing the makeup...

It's easy to tell though if you look at the screen grab.

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« Reply #36 on: 07 Jun 2008 - 16:32 »

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On a lot of Hammer interviews the makers pronounce schedule differently than Americans.

Dorothy Parker once said to an actor who repeatedly used the British pronunciation of "schedule": "If you don't mind my saying so, I think you're full of skit."

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Re: Theatre of Blood (Douglas Hickox, 1973)
« Reply #37 on: 19 Feb 2014 - 18:17 »



Special Edition Contents:
- Limited edition SteelBook packaging
- High Definition digital transfer
- Newly created exclusive content
- Collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film, archive content and more!
- More to be announced closer to the release date

Release Date: 28 April 2014
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Re: Theatre of Blood (Douglas Hickox, 1973)
« Reply #38 on: 19 Feb 2014 - 19:45 »

Can't wait! Ipswich doesn't have many claims to fame but Ian Hendry is one.
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Re: Theatre of Blood (Douglas Hickox, 1973)
« Reply #39 on: 25 Apr 2014 - 18:25 »

This is shipping now, any got theirs yet?
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Re: Theatre of Blood (Douglas Hickox, 1973)
« Reply #40 on: 25 Apr 2014 - 22:03 »

Mine shipped today but my Region B player went up the spout!

Possibly a blessing in disguse though as I was going to replace it quick and cheap but spotted a Toshiba BDX3200 in Cash Converters so quickly stuck a deposit on it as I'm a bit skint until mid month. If it's not already done I'll flash the firmware and also have a Region A backup.  ::)

Really wanted to watch this but it'll have to wait for a few weeks.
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Re: Theatre of Blood (Douglas Hickox, 1973)
« Reply #41 on: 25 Apr 2014 - 22:44 »

Regular editions were sent out yesterday, Steelbooks today. I had my dispatch confirmation for my Steelie this afternoon.
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Re: Theatre of Blood (Douglas Hickox, 1973)
« Reply #42 on: 26 Apr 2014 - 04:58 »

One of my all time fave Brit horrors. Better than the Phibes films - and I love those too. Re. Madhouse: I think I'd have a lot more affection for this film if I'd seen it back in the day, but I first saw it about 10 years ago and felt it was kind of a damp squib considering the cast. Some memorable scenes, all the same. Another Brit horror that I didn't catch until later in life is Craze. Blew me away when I first saw it, and along with Psychomania, it's nudged its way into my Brit horror top 10.
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