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Trailers from Hell: Alan Spencer on Hilarious Horror Title 'Theater of Blood,' Starring Vincent Price

Photo of Trailers From Hell By Trailers From Hell | Thompson on Hollywood February 26, 2013 at 12:03PM

Vincent Price Week is moving right along at Trailers from Hell, with TV writer Alan Spencer introducing "Theater of Blood," a hilariously creative revenge-fantasy film in which Price exacts Shakespearean punishment on the critics who have panned his stage performances over the years.
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Vincent Price in "Theater of Blood"
Vincent Price in "Theater of Blood"

Vincent Price Week is moving right along at Trailers from Hell, with TV writer Alan Spencer introducing "Theater of Blood," a hilariously creative revenge-fantasy film in which Price exacts Shakespearean punishment on the critics who have panned his stage performances over the years.

Every creative artist's favorite anti-critic movie, as poorly reviewed Shakespearean actor Edward Lionheart gruesomely avenges himself on those who panned him. Probably the classiest of Vincent Price's late career vehicles, in which he's supported by the cream of British character actor royalty. Beautifully shot by Wolfgang Suzchitzky with a memorably contrapuntal romantic score by Michael J. Lewis, nuanced direction by Douglas Hickcox and a wittily literate script by Anthony Greville-Bell. Similar to Price's Dr. Phibes murder sprees, but far less cartoony and more emotionally affecting. Apologies for the poor quality of this trailer (with Danish subtitles yet) but it's the only one we could find in the correct ratio with the narration intact.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.