The House That Dripped Blood (1971) – Review, Rating and Synopsis

The House That Dripped Blood (1971)

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  • Release Date:  1971
  • Genre:  Compilation of Shorts
  • Director:  Peter Duffell
  • Screenwriter:  Robert Bloch
  • Cast & Crew: John Bennett, John Bryans, John Malcolm, Denholm Elliott, Joanna Dunham, Tom Adams, Robert Lang, Peter Cushing, Joss Ackland, Wolfe Morris, Christopher Lee, Nyree Dawn Porter, Chloe Franks, Jon Pertwee, and Ingrid Pitt.

The House That Dripped Blood (1971)Rating:

  • Raoul = 6 / 10;
  • IMDB = 6.6/10;
  • Rotten Tomatoes =5.8/10.

The House That Dripped Blood (1971) Synopsis:

  • A detective from Scotland Yard, investigating on the disappearance of a famous film star, gets to hear four terrific stories about the horrible fate of the four previous tenants of the mysterious house.

The House That Dripped Blood (1971) Review:

The House That Dripped Blood is a compilation of four small stories arranged in the form of a police investigation. The first thing that strikes is how bad and useless the backbone story is. Fortunately, this part does not account for even a fifth of the movie and the great short stories in between are, for most, really good.

The best one is probably the third story, about a little girl who secretly practices witchcraft. Creepy kids are always a favorite, and she is particularly evil. The little girl who played her was just perfectly chosen for the role. The presence of a remarkable Christopher Lee as the authoritarian father helps to make this short a cult stand-alone of horror cinema.

The first story, about an imaginary killer who comes to life to haunt its creator, doesn’t attract particularly at first, but gets epic in the last minutes, turning everything upside down and taking the audience by surprise. I was really not expecting such a great ending and this was enough to catch my attention for the rest of the film.

The two other stories are unfortunately not as good. The second one is about two men who get totally obsessed with a museum‘s wax sculpture. Apart that is too lengthy and too mediocre to be captivating. Only the presence of Peter Cushing is noticeable. The last one, about a vampire cloak that transforms whoever wears it into a vampire, is really ridiculous. The way Jon Pertwee (Dr. Who) plays the character totally turned me off and finished the film on a bad note.

Overall the short stories are better than average and I would advise watching this film at least for the third.

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