Sunday, 1 July 2018

The House that Bled to Death

The House that Bled to Death from Hammer House of Horror
Hammer House of Horror is a well remembered anthology TV series made and broadcast in 1980 by the venerable old studio in conjunction with ITC Entertainment (creators of shows like The Prisoner, Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons, Jason King & The Saint amongst many others).

'The House that Bled to Death' was the fifth episode and - due to one scene in particular - remains the most referenced of the series.  It's a haunted house tale with a twist in the tail that concerns a young family who buy a house notorious for being the location of a brutal murder.  Inevitably strange events begin to plague them culminating in the exuberant gorefest of the birthday party and as an aside for anyone unfamiliar with the scene who's troubled by that description of a children's party watch for the anticipatory relish on the faces of at least two of the kids moments before the blood starts flowing.

children's birthday party in The House that Bled to Death from Hammer House of Horror
The cast consists of various UK TV stalwarts most of whom have done time in Doctor Who and assorted Brit soap operas all give reliably solid performances in an enjoyably callous story.

You can find another episode here - The Thirteenth Reunion.

Buy it here - Hammer House Of Horror - Complete Collection [DVD] [1980] - or watch it below.

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