Theatre of Blood

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Theatre of Blood is a 1973 film about a Shakespearean actor who takes poetic revenge on the critics who denied him recognition.

Directed by Douglas Hickox. Written by Anthony Greville-Bell.
He gave his critics a bloody and violent taste of their own medicine!  (taglines)


Peregrine Devlin: Lionheart! What the hell do you want here?
Edward Lionheart: [picking up the best actor award] This. My just reward. The whole world knows it is mine by right. But you deliberately withheld it from me. You deliberately humiliated me before the press, my public and my peers. It was the culmination of your determined denial of my genius!
Peregrine Devlin: We've denied you nothing....
Edward Lionheart: For thirty years, the public has acknowledged that I was the master. And that this year, my season of Shakespeare was the shining jewel in the crown of the immortal Bard.
Meredith Merridew: [sotto voce, to Chloe Moon] Quite insane!
Chloe Moon: [sotto voce, to Trevor Dickman] He must be drunk.
Edward Lionheart: But you, with your overweening malice, give the award to a twitching, mumbling boy who can barely grunt his way through an incomprehensible performance! No. No. It is mine!

Peregrine Devlin: Hello, Edwina. I thought it was you.
Edwina Lionheart: Well, the brilliant Peregrine Devlin. Wielder of the brutal aphorism, master of the killing phrase, my father's murderer.
Peregrine Devlin: That's a bit melodramatic, isn't it?
Edwina Lionheart: Oh, forgive me, I forgot. It was your reverence and admiration that drove him to take his own life.


  • At your own risk
  • It's curtains for his critics!
  • Vincent Price has reserved a seat for you in the "theatre of blood."
  • He gave his critics a bloody and violent taste of their own medicine!


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