THE HOUSE THAT DRIPPED BLOOD was directed by Peter Duffell from a screenplay by Robert Bloch and stars Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Ingrid Pitt, Jon Pertwee, Nyree Dawn Porter and Denholm Elliott.
Vampires! Voodoo! Vixens! Victims! Terror waits for you in every room. A Scotland Yard inspector’s search for a missing film star leads him to a haunted house. The house sets the framework for four separate tales of terror written by the author of Psycho, Robert Bloch, and starring horror icons Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee and Ingrid Pitt. All four stories center on the mysterious fates of tenants who have leased the mansion over the years.
The wraparound follows a Scotland Yard inspector who is investigating a murder that happened at a large estate where he’s ultimately treated to a quartet of horror stories that are all linked to this myterious location. The first segment follows a writer who thinks he’s being stalked by his own sinister creation but actually there’s a sinister plot against him to get the royalties from his books. The second segment follows a man who ends up developing a creepy fascination with some eerie wax figures where he ends up making a terrifying discovery about them. This unfortunate discovery turns into a fight for his life and sadly he comes up on the short end of the deal.
The next segment follows a woman who is hired to home school a troubled young girl with a terrifying gift. She also has to deal with the girl’s hateful father and ends up finding out this new job is a lot more trouble than she signed up for because it also includes witchcraft. The final segment follows the mysterious disappearance of an actor who moved into the old house while he was filming a new vampire movie. What happens is, when he purchases an old cloak to go with his role, it ends up transforming him into a real bloodsucker every time he puts it on and unfortunately things don’t end well for him. Wrapping things up, what the wraparound does for this horror anthology is connect each story to the next as it questions who lived in the old house before each tragedy.
The front of the packaging features the classic artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The reverse sleeve features an image from the movie. The Blu-ray disc also features some matching artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for the high-definition disc were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio for this release.
Bottom line is, The House that Dripped Blood was already one of my favorite horror anthologies and this classic Amicus Production from 1971 is finally getting the Scream Factory treatment that it deserves. The stories and characters are all interesting and each segment in the movie is a lot of spooky fun. The three standouts in this movie are easily Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee and Ingrid Pitt and they all give great performances. The neat thing about this old movie is that is relies more on the story and characters and less on blood and gore. It’s really a simple PG movie that uses every basic resource it can to deliver the goods. Things like creepy noises, eerie visions, simple lighting tricks, makeup effects and even an organ that all helps give The House that Dripped Blood its unsettling and atmospheric tone. All of these are also masterfully executed to give it the ultimate creepy factor and the end result is an extremely entertaining old school haunted house anthology. The House that Dripped Blood will be finally make its Blu-ray debut on May 8th.
Distributor: Scream Factory
Run Time: 102 Minutes
Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.85:1)
Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0 (2.0 in some players)
Special Features: Good Stuff! The impressive list of extras include a new and vintage commentary track, new and vintage interviews, two theatrical trailers, classic radio spots and some images.
- NEW Audio Commentary by film historian/author Troy Howarth
- NEW interview with second assistant director Mike Higgins (09:29)
- Audio Commentary with director Peter Duffell and author Jonathan Rigby
- Vintage Featurette – A-Rated Horror Film – featuring interviews with director Peter Duffell, actors Geoffrey Bayldon, Ingrid Pitt and Chloe Franks (17:03)
- English Theatrical Trailer (01:47)
- Spanish Theatrical Trailer (01:49)
- Radio Spots (03:28)
- The Amicus Radio Spots Collection (14:08)
- Still Gallery (05:04)