Inspector Holloway, of Scotland Yard, is investigating the disappearance of an actor. His investigation takes him to an old deserted house that the actor was renting prior to his disappearance. A member of the local police station tells the Sergeant four mysterious cases about past occupants of the old deserted house.
The House That Dripped Blood is a 1971 Anthology Amicus Production directed by Peter Duffell. It stars Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Jon Pertwee and Ingrid Pitt. The casting of Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee and Ingrid pitt was pre-decided by the producers before the director was even attached to the film. The part of Paul Henderson was originally offered to Vincent Price, of which he was interested but American International Pictures held a contract with him for horror films so he had to decline, and the role was then given to Jon Pertwee.
As with all Amicus productions it consisted of entertaining, creative stories. But although I did like it, I still found it not to be the best representation of Amicus' work. It's definitely enjoyable and has a really good cast, a lot of which have previously been in horrors whether they be for Amicus or Hammer or even both. So the actors are already established to the audience, and in bringing these horror icons together makes the film an enjoyable experience especially to fans of this sub-genre of horror. As always with Amicus there is also their use of comedy, though this appears to just be in the final story about the missing actor. The use of comedy is best suited to this story than any of the others, as the missing actor is played by Jon Pertwee who is famous for his hammy acting which is perfect for his character; a smarmy horror actor who feels he is above his current film role as he feels that the film isn't good enough for him. When complaining about the film set he says “That's what's wrong with the present day horror films. There's no realism. Not like the old ones, the great ones. Frankenstein. Phantom of the Opera. Dracula - the one with Bela Lugosi of course, not this new fellow.” This being an in-joke referencing Christopher Lee's Dracula for Hammer Productions. I would still have loved to have seen Vincent Price's take on the role though, mainly because he could have associated with the character in the sense that he too had been in lots of horror films, plus he had a similar acting style to that of Pertwee's hammy melodramatic acting. Overall, I liked the film it was good, but I feel it could have been better. Its definitely not Amicus' best anthology horror film and not the best representation of their work, but it is worth a watch if you're considering it.
The House That Dripped Blood 3/5