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Theatre (or Theater) of Blood (1973)

Late in his career, Vincent Price, who had made many a horror film over the decades, turned more to the dark side. In the 1950's he had made melodramatic horror films such as House of Wax, in the 1960's he had made humorous horror films such as The Raven, and in the 1970's, he made the two Dr. Phibes films, which were fairly horrific in a black comedy sort of way. But no one was expecting that he would give perhaps his finest screen performance in a fairly graphic horror film, 1973's Theatre of Blood. From the IMDb:

This movie is essential for anyone even marginally interested in film. Vincent Price gives one of the best performances of his career as the embittered Edward Lionheart, a shakespearean stage actor who has been unjustly disinherited by theatre as a result of the brutal criticism that his work generated. Lionheart, disaffected and without hope of ever returning to the work he loves so much, decides to take justice in his own hands and the result is the most brilliant blend of horror and satire that i have ever seen. Usually, horror and comedy do not mix well, but in this one it comes off beautifully. The question of whether we are supposed to sympathize with Price's character or revile him as a bloodthirsty maniac has been much debated by fans of the film, but in my opinion it is obvious that it is the critics we are intended to hate and not Lionheart. As in the Dr. Phibes films, 'murder as art' is featured, all as may have been conceived by Shakespeare himself. The ending is, of course, very theatrical, and yet at the same time extremely funny and satirical. I've never seen a film quite like "Theatre of Blood" before or since, and I doubt I ever will again.

YouTube offers the complete film (I wish they'd get 1963's The Raven) and it is embedded below. This is a another film that could not be made today, simply because there is no replacement for Vincent Price.

WARNING: This film features surprisingly graphic violence; parents be so advised.

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Liquor - don't forget the USA liquor measurements. It used to be that hard liquor was purchased in quart and fifth (1/5 of a gallon) bottles but now it's liter and 750ml bottles.

I used both spellings since the lobby card was spelled one way and the video the other.

I am a retired engineer and had become quite adept at using metric units since so many of our clients were from metric-using countries. Just takes a bit of practice (or practise). The real holdup to full metric conversion is the cost. It was quite a while ago but I read the summation of a report about conversion from imperial to metric and it concluded the cost would be staggering. Of course, that was back when a billion dollars was real money.

As sensible as metric conversion in the USA might be, it isn't going to happen in our lifetimes. Not mine, anyway.
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