The House that Dripped Blood- Amicus 1971.
1 HR 42 MINUTES
Director: Peter Duffell
Writer: Robert Bloch
Jonny T here with one from the Amicus box set, Basically I recently brought the Amicus box set from Anchor bay, now this getting harder and harder to find, I already have the other 3 which are the Norman J warren, Pete Walker and The Tigon Collection, I do already own a few of the titles as individual DVD’s but really wanted to add this to my collection and was super pleased when I final got hold of it.
Method For Murder.
Starring: Denholm Elliot (Charles Hillyer) Tom Adams (Dominick / Richard) Joanna Dunham (Alice Hillyer)
The story is of Writer Tom Hillyer and his decision to move away to a nice quiet retreat with his lady Joanna to create a new horror story, As with all the stories we see Mr Stoker showing them around the property and also with all the stories the new tenants are more than pleased to be there, at first anyway! So Hillyer settles down to start his new story, the story of Dominick a deranged escaped murder, Tom swears to Joanna that he has seen looking through the window of the house but only in his head of course, the story moves along at a great pace with Tom’s visions becoming more frequent and he even does a sketch of what Dominick looks like which when his visions become too real he screws up the sketch and takes a walk along the river, throws it in and watches it float away only to see Dominick on the embankment who proceeds to pick it up, Eventually telling Joanne that he is now in the house, of course he’s not, or is he? The Character of Dominick is played brilliantly and very eerily by Tom Adams with the character design of Dominick harking back to the good old Universal Monsters days, I Remember seeing this as a kid and the vision of Dominick in various places creeped me out! The story unfolds as if Hillyer is slowly losing his mind whilst Joanna appears nonchalant about the whole thing, so does she know more than she is letting on? Is he really going insane? I know most of you have probably seen it but I won’t spoil it for any of you that haven’t, needless to say that it ends with a great double twist!
Starring: Peter Cushing (Philip Grayson), Joss Ackland (Neville Rogers), Wolfe Morris (Waxworks Proprietor)
Sweets to the sweet
Starring: Christopher Lee (John Reid), Nyree Dawn Porter (Ann Norton), Chloe Franks (Jane Reid)
He appears to be mellowing out a little bit when he gives her permission to buy his daughter some toys, so she goes off to town, comes back with a Jigsaw, a Word Puzzle and a Doll, The child is delighted as it appears that she has never been allowed toys before but when her father comes in and sees her holding the doll he shouts in rage and snatches it from the poor child and throws it on the fire, so what is going on? The next thing we see is Christopher Lee looking for some Candles and when he finds them there is only 4 left in the box so he confronts his daughter screaming”where are the rest of them!!??” which leads to him slapping her face, this seems to be the final breaking point for the girl where she then appears with a wax effigy of him and some very nasty looking pins, So you get the basic outline and you may well have guessed what indeed the girl is becoming and what her mother was before her, so sympathy for Mr Lee after all?You can decide.
Starring: Jon Pertwee (Paul Henderson), Ingrid Pitt (Carla Lind)
This Segment opens up with a great scene with Pertwee and Pitt riding in the back of a classic car in full actor regalia, she has the long floppy hat whilst smoking a cigarette and he in the full actor cravat, They arrive at the house and immediately fall in love with it, Paul Henderson (Pertwee) is working on his new movie Invasion of the Blood suckers which upon seeing the script dismisses the title as Ludacris (Maybe a dig by director Dufell?) and to say he is a Diva is an understatement! He arrives on set only to dismiss pretty much everyone around him and even the set which he repeatedly pokes with his walking stick saying “You could push peas through that!” also a classic line he says is something along the lines of “I love all the classic horror movies, Frankenstein, The Wolfman and Dracula, The Bela Lugosi one of course not that new chap!” So being a real method actor he sets out to find a real Cloak to make his role seem as authentic as possible he comes across an old curiosity shop (also featured in many a great Amicus movie) where the shop owner gives an old cloak that will work perfectly, with him purchasing it and leaving the shop the shopkeeper utters the words “I can now rest in peace” you then see him try the cloak on in his trailer only to notice that his reflection has disappeared in the mirror! Cue scene shoot, where he has to bite the neck of Ingrid Pitt where he takes it a little too far and actually bites her, much to her disdain and annoyance, So what is with this mysterious cloak? We get to find this out when he returns home and Ingrid appears in a great scene an the iconic image of the great Ingrid that is now seen all over the place, in all this it has to be said in my opinion is the weakest segment, it takes the turn from earlier stories that featured Maniacs, Murderers and witch’s to more of a comedic element, Something that was totally intentional according to Peter Dufell in the short documentary and like he said that’s why after this part of the film it couldn’t really return to serious scares, this leads to a showdown between Pertwee and Detective Holloway (John Bennet) that seems more Keystone Cops than classic Amicus with the frame rate speeded up to almost slapstick levels, we are then left with Mr Stoker asking “Do you know the secret of the house?” And just in case you don’t he does tell you.
So in summing up, My first film from the Amicus box set may not be the best received but for me personally it but a whole lot of great memories back and with each story running approximately between 20-25 minutes you certainly never get bored just a warm nostalgic feeling of seeing a classic that you may not have seen in years, Next time I shall be bringing you my thought on And Now the Screaming starts,
THE HOUSE THAT DRIPPED BLOOD - TRAILER