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.
Scream Factory has brought us some more Amicus to the Blu-ray format with The House That Dripped Blood, maybe one of the most well-known Amicus titles. I’m no expert on these films. My exposure is limited. I’ve seen several Amicus titles, when given the opportunity, but it’s not something I’ve encompassed myself in. At least not yet. If The House that Dripped Blood is a prime example of the brand, then I may remedy that in the future. I love new exposure to older films, and I love anthologies even more.
As stated above, The House That Dripped Blood is an anthology, telling stories about a series of supernatural events that have happened in a certain property, ranging from a writer’s character coming to life and committing real life murders, to a husband and wife transforming into vampires due to a cursed cape. The segments play out very much like a Tales from the Crypt comic book, or any sort of anthology stories, really. There’s a wraparound story which ties each segment together, and then each segment relates to the next. And like always, to end said segments, the wraparound comes to its own conclusion.
I’ve seen better anthology films than The House That Dripped Blood, but that doesn’t mean that I didn’t like it. I actually liked it quite well. Sometimes I’ll put an older movie like this on and get bored pretty early, and spend the time waiting for the film to come to a close, but with this one, I felt compelled from the very start. The first story, about a writer losing himself in his story, and his own deadly character, is my personal favorite. It’s similar to The Dark Half, but different enough to add its own twist to the “life-imitating-art” types of movies. None of the segments are particularly weak, but the vampire segment was my least favorite. Overall it’s a solid anthology, and I’m told, the perfect introduction to Amicus films.
Scream Factory’s Blu-ray release of the film is more than acceptable. It features a solid AVC-encoded 1080p transfer presented in 1.85:1, and a mono DTS-HD Master Audio track. The disc also contains a few extras, including a new audio commentary by author Troy Howarth. A full listing of bonus content can be found below. The picture quality is about what you’d expect from a Scream Factory release like this. It’s clear, with a healthy grain structure, with no signs of any dramatic digital scrubbing, or an over abundance of print damage. The audio, while not as tasty as a 5.1 track, servers its purpose well. I noticed no instances of pop, fuzz, or any kind of interference that could possibly obscure the audio. It’s a solid disc release for a great little film for fans of anthologies.
You may purchase a copy of Scream Factory’s Blu-ray release of The House That Dripped Blood by visiting their website.
- NEW Audio Commentary by film historian/author Troy Howarth
- NEW interview with second assistant director Mike Higgins
- 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
- Theatrical Trailers (English and Spanish)
- Radio Spots
- The Amicus Radio Spots Collection
- Still Gallery