Theatre of Blood

Nashville Scene

DIRECTED BY: Douglas Hickox

REVIEWED: 11-03-97

A Halloween without Vincent Price is like an apple without a razor blade. In this deliciously ghoulish shocker, Price plays a vindictive Shakespearean actor who avenges himself on his critics, killing them in methods derived from his greatest roles. (Gourmand Robert Morley's fate is particularly, um, unpalatable.) Diana Rigg is luscious as Price's daughter and accomplice, but Price's hammy zest is what makes this such a nasty sweet. If it's checked out, try an even better early-'70s Price vehicle, The Abominable Dr. Phibes.

--Jim Ridley

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