Cinema: Quick Cuts

THEATRE OF BLOOD is the giddy tale of a sugar-cured Shakespearean actor named Edward Lionheart (Vincent Price) who sets out to eliminate the London critics who have mocked and vilified him during his career. He kills each of them in a quite elaborate and grisly fashion, every slaughter based on a scenario provided by the Bard: one hapless critic, for example, has his heart cut out (the pound of flesh in The Merchant of Venice), another is stabbed to death on the Ides of March. Worst torture of all, perhaps, is that the poor...

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