Capital Celluloid 2023 — Day 144: Wed May 24

Theatre of Blood (Hickox, 1973): Genesis Cinema, 8pm

This screening of Theatre of Blood on the 50th anniversary of its release will be followed by a Q&A with cast member Madeline Smith, Inside No. 9's Reece Shearsmith and Peter Fuller, curator for the Vincent Price Legacy UK.

A Shakespearean actor takes poetic revenge on the critics who denied him recognition. Bumping off his detractors with executions inspired by the Bard, Edward Lionheart (Vincent Price) stages a beheading in the manner of Cymbeline, a stabbing inspired by Julius Caesar, and even an untimely removal of a pound of flesh improvised from The Merchant of Venice. With one of the greatest ensemble casts ever assembled for a horror film including Diana Rigg, Harry Andrews, Jack Hawkins and Arthur Lowe, Theatre of Blood is a deliciously macarbe cult classic.

Here (and above) are the gorgeous opening credits.

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