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Aug 21

Theatre of Blood

theatreofbloodGenre: Horror
Year: 1973
Country: England

Director: Douglas Hickox
Starring: Vincent Price, Diana Rigg, Ian Hendry, Harry Andrews, Coral Browne

 

At your own risk

 

Edward Lionheart is a frustrated stage performer, who has grown tired of the criticism he has been receiving by the snobbish critics during the years. When he feels overlooked by the critic’s annual acting award, he sets out a big plan to get revenge on them, in the most theatrical way possible.

This premise must be the dream of every actor, director or artists in other creative fields. I’m sure everyone who gets criticized for their work wouldn’t mind going a few rounds with the faceless critics who tear their work and effort a part, even ridiculing their talents if they find it suitable. Even though I write reviews for this website, I hardly consider myself a critic and even if I was I would still want to keep things respectable towards the filmmakers since I have no doubt in my mind that they are trying their best to do what they want to do with their lives. More power to anyone who has ever made a film, regardless if it is a film I hate or love.

Mar 19

House of Wax

POSTER - HOUSE OF WAX (5)Genre: Horror
Year: 1953
Country: USA

Director: Andre De Toth
Starring: Vincent Price, Frank Lovejoy, Phyllis Kirk, Carolyn Jones, Paul Picemi

 

Unlike anything you’ve seen before!

 

Henry Jarod is a devoted wax sculptor with a small little museum in New York. Even though the wax figures are lifelike and impressive, but the museum is still not doing very well economically and his financial partner Matthew Burke, who is only in it for the money, is getting frustrated and quickly wants out of the business without losing any of his investments. After an argument about the future of the museum, Burke sets the place on fire to get insurance money from it. Jarod tries to fight him, but gets caught inside of the museum while it burns to the ground.

Jarod does survive the fire and builds a new and bigger museum with sculptures based on real life crimes, including recent murder victims. The new museum is a huge success, attracting plenty of guests each day. One night, Sue Allan visits the museum and gets shocked when she notice that one of the sculptures look identical as her recently deceased friend Cathy Gray. She sneaks around and finds out the big secret behind the sculptures, but now she also has to get out of the House of Wax… alive.

Jan 04

The Masque of the Red Death

POSTER - THE MASQUE OF THE RED DEATHGenre: Horror
Year: 1964
Country: USA

Director: Roger Corman
Starring: Vincent Price, Hazel Court, Jane Asher, David Weston, Nigel Green

 

Horror has a face

 

Prince Prospero regularly has big masquerade balls at his castle with his guests being selected people who are allowed to stay there and keep safe from the plague called “Red Death” that is haunting the country. Prospero is also a┬ásatanist so these festivities have a lot of abuse, humiliation and sadistic sexual acts.

He occasionally travels outside of his castle to invite new people into his demented society. In a dirty little village he comes across Gino who is not happy to see the Prince and gives him attitude. He takes Gino, his lovely girlfriend Francesca and her father Ludovico with him to the castle for his own amusement and tries to put Gino and Ludovico against each other in a fight for survival. However, death is creeping around the corner and Prospero’s plans and safety might not go as he hopes after all.

The Masque of the Red Death is based on two Edgar Allan Poe stories, the first has the same title as the movie and the second is called Hop-Frog. It’s the seventh of Roger Corman’s eight Poe adaptation and it is widely regarded as one of his absolute best films.