Sunday, 11 October 2020

The House That Dripped Blood

The House That Dripped Blood, Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Amicus
The House that Dripped Blood was released in 1971 as the third of Amicus Productions' 7 fabulous portmanteau horrors alongside 'Dr Terror's House of Horrors' (UKUS), 'Torture Garden' (UK / US), 'Tales from the Crypt' (UK / US), 'Asylum' (UK / US), 'Vault of Horror' (UK / US) and 'From Beyond the Grave' (UK / US).  As usual in these things it features 4 (in this instance) short tales and a framing story that this time all revolve around the tenants of the titular house as let to them by a certain Mr. A. Stoker (John Bryans).

Written by 'Psycho' author Robert Bloch the movie revolves around a Scotland Yard Detective's - rather lacklustre - investigation of the disappearance of the latest tenant, a famous horror movie actor, and the stories he's told of the fates of the previous occupants.  

We have shadows of Bloch's most famous creation here with two tales of madness and two of the supernatural.  The stories are of variable quality with the third story featuring Christopher Lee being the standout but each has its charms as Peter Cushing elevates the second simply by his presence and Jon Pertwee and Ingrid Pitt's joyously hammy performances in the fourth are a sheer delight

The House That Dripped Blood, Jon Pertwee, Ingrid Pitt, Amicus
In contrast to its title the movie is a remarkably bloodless affair - not a single drop - and seems designed to play to a slightly different audience to its brother portmanteaus.  It is though great fun, it knows it's silly but tries for the most part to play it as straight as possible right up to the point where it just can't hold it in anymore and sticks some rubbish fangs onto The Doctor. 

Buy it here - UK / US - or watch it below.


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