United Artists/Harbour/Cineman (John Kohn & Stanley
W: Anthony Greville-Bell
DP: Wolfgang Suschitzky
Ed: Malcolm Cooke
Mus: Michael J. Lewis
Vincent Price (Edward Lionheart), Diana
Rigg (Edwina Lionheart), Ian Hendry (Peregrine Devlin), Harry Andrews (Trevor Dickman), Robert Coote (Oliver Harding), Michael Hordern (George Maxwell)
Vincent Price practically chews up the scenery with his
campiest and possibly career-best performance in this marvellously Machiavellian horror-thriller, in which he plays a theatrical actor who gets revenge on the critics who he deems to have ruined
his career by not bestowing him with an illustrious award.
The revenge death scenes are rich in poetic irony and all have
a reference to Shakespearean works, some a little more obvious than others.
Price is excellent, as is Diana Rigg as his equally crazed
daughter, an aspiring actress in her own right.
It's as funny as it is terrifying, if you have a wicked sense
of humour, that is.