Sunday, 18 October 2009

Bloodbath at the House of Death



If you’ve ever wanted to see Vincent Price bang his hand on an axe-head and shout “Oh shit!” then this British horror spoof is the movie for you. Price appears as “The Sinister Man”, parodying his roles in various Roger Corman films, and is for a while the best thing about Bloodbath at the House of Death (1984), until his unceremonious exit about halfway through. Amongst the rest of the cast – most of whom play scientists and other experts investigating the titular mansion – Pamela Stephenson (Not the Nine O’Clock News) probably comes off best, despite enduring copious fart gags, Kenny Everett’s dubious attempts at physical comedy, and being stripped naked by an invisible force à la The Entity.

Yes, the standard of jokes in Bloodbath is about on a par with The Kenny Everett Television Show, meaning that you’ll likely either love it or hate it depending on your taste for innuendo-strewn, frequently incoherent grossness. If anything, however, the freedom to push the gore and nudity to the limit results in a lazier approach, meaning that the writers are too often content to rely on the aforementioned fart gags, while anything approaching a clever spoof of horror clichés falls by the wayside.

Bloodbath works best through a haze of nostalgia, recalling a time in British history when increasing permissiveness on TV collided head-on with escalating concerns over violent “video nasties” – and this feels like the bloody aftermath. Call an ambulance... Or, better still, a coroner.

Rating: 1/5

10 comments:

Amanda By Night said...

I loved this movie when I saw it, but of course, haven't seen it in years. The gross jokes things could get very old, very fast.

Or it could rule, if it's all Porky's style! I'm an easy sell that way.

TimTE01 said...

Prices appearances are the best part of the movie. They are also the smallest part of the movie.

I got this movie as a present a couple of years ago. I don't have it now. What does that tell you?

Ross Horsley said...

It tells me you have taste, Tim... TASTE!

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Uranium Willy said...

I just got this in actually and checked if for quality and it looks decent. I have seen so many Vincent Price films more than once or twice and have yet to review even one over at The Uranium Cafe. I will probably sit through this eventually. I also just got in the hard to find The Witchfinder General and need to burn that and check it out.

Bill

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Aylmer said...

I love Kenny Everett. Hot Gossip for ever!