Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Halloween Count Down: Day 3-The House That Dripped Blood(1970)

"TERROR waits for you in every room in The House That Dripped Blood."-Film's Tag Line.

This has to be one of the best titles ever, The House That Dripped Blood, just say it a few times out load. Each time you do it will sound creepier and creepier.

This is another of Amicus' anthology films (if you read this blog you'll know my fondness for Amicus), and is one of their best with a script by Robert (Psycho) Bloch based on his short stories. The wrap around story has an inspector investigating the disappearance of an actor from the title house, and is told of the other sinister events that have taken place there.

The cast includes Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Jon Pertwee (Doctor Who #3) and Ingrid Pitt (sign, nerd crush). Lee and Cushing don't appear together in the same story, but when Cushing is in the wax museum he does pass a figure of Lee as Dracula. An interesting bit of Trivia is that Vincent Price was originally wanted to play Pertwee's role, but had to turn it down due to his exclusive contract with A.I.P. at the time.

Amicus knew how to make great horror anthologies, an art sadly lost today.

Until Next Time, Stay Insane!

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