Previously at the ICA - Films
13 Jun 2014
Mark Kermode introduces Douglas Hickox's 1973 Theatre of Blood, in which 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.
This screening follows a discussion led by film critic Mark Kermode - Who Needs the Professionals Now That Everyone’s a Critic?
Theatre of Blood, dir. Douglas Hickox, UK 1973, 104 mins
Please note that all films are 18+ unless otherwise stated.