Turn The Knob, Open The Door, Step Past The Pool Of Blood, Walk Straight Ahead… And Scream Your Mind Away

Today I watched another of the Amicus Productions horror anthology films. Directed by Peter Duffell (“England Made Me”, “The Famous Five”) and dating from 1971, this one is titled “The House That Dripped Blood”.

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John Bennett
John Bennett

The connecting scenes here involve Detective Inspector Holloway (John Bennett – “Hitler : The Last Ten Days”) investigating the disappearance of a film star, last heard of renting an old country house.

John Bryans
John Bryans

Holloway meets with estate agent A.J. Stoker (John Bryans – Henry VIII And His Six Wives”) who tells him stories of some previous tenants of the house.

In the first story “Method For Murder” Charles

Denholm Elliot
Denholm Elliott

Hillyer (Denholm Elliott – “Raiders Of The Lost Ark”, “Bad Timing”), a horror story writer moves into the house to write a new book. The central character of his book is a psychopathic murderer named Dominic.

Joanna Dunham
Joanna Dunham

When Hillyer starts to see Dominic around the house he finds his wife, Alice (Joanna Dunham – “A Day At The Beach, “Scandal”), disbelieving so seeks advice from a psychiatrist. But is there more to Dominic’s appearances than meet the eye?…

Peter Cushing
Peter Cushing
Joss Ackland
Joss Ackland

On a walk into the local town he visits a waxworks museum where he is captivated by the model of Salome, who the proprietor claims was a murderess. When Grayson’s friend Neville Rogers (Joss Ackland – “Lethal Weapon 2”, “Royal Flash”) visits the pair go to the museum, despite Grayson’s reservations.

It’s not long before Rogers is also captivated by Salome…

Christopher Lee & Chloe Franks
Christopher Lee & Chloe Franks

In story number three, “Sweets To The Sweet”, widower John Reid (Christopher Lee – “Dr. Terror’s House Of Horrors”, “Too Hot To Handle”) moves into the house with his young daughter, Jane (Chloe Franks “Escape From The Dark”).

Nyree Dawn Porter
Nyree Dawn Porter

With no mother figure around, Reid employs a private teacher, Ann Norton (Nyree Dawn Porter – “From Beyond The Grave”, “The Cracksman”) to teach the girl at home. Norton cannot understand which Reid doesn’t allow his daughter to play with dolls, but when some candles go missing and Reid begins suffering sudden and inexplicable pains, things start to add up…

Jon Pertwee
Jon Pertwee

“The Cloak” is the final tale, where we are introduced to the film star mentioned at the beginning – Paul Henderson (Jon Pertwee – “Dr. Who”, “Worzel Gummidge”). Henderson has rented the house whilst he films a vampire movie nearby. In his quest for realism and perfection he finds a cloak in a local shop.

Ingrid Pitt
Ingrid Pitt

Unfortunately, he finds the cloak beginning to affect him in an unexpected way and changing the lives of both him and his co-star Carla Lind (Ingrid Pitt – “Countess Dracula”, “The Vampire Lovers”)…

Another perfectly competent anthology film, and in all honesty probably one of my favourites, there is some genuinely talented actors on display here and the whole thing is very enjoyable…

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