BY ARIANA POTICHNYJ
Year Released: 1971
How It Fared Back Then: I feel sort of bad for The House That Dripped Blood because it came out in a year of highly exceptional film (A Clockwork Orange, The Last Picture Show, Wily Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, French Connection) and there was no way it could possibly compete. If the hope was to make a film that was distinct and prominent in the year, then I’m afraid it was just overshadowed. You know that you’re worried about the success of your film when you are begging for an R rating, as opposed to the PG rating the censor wants to give you. The studio knew that by having a higher rating, (X Rated in the UK), they would be able to entice people to go.
Why It’s Lasted: There’s something to be said about the horror anthology and this one may just be the most enjoyable of the bunch. It’s a horror movie because it follows so closely to the horror and supernatural genres, as opposed to being actually frightening. We have all the monsters and the superstitions ready to pay homage to the classical works of horror literature and we have an amazing cast to put on the show. Each story in the anthology has at least one face that you will be able to recognize, although you will have to be patient with Christopher Lee. He may be first in the credits, but you’ve got to get to the meat of the movie before you see him. But while you’re waiting, hang out with some Doctors from Doctor Who, as well as Marcus Brody from Indiana Jones!
Classic Moment: There are a lot of moments that I would consider to be “classics,” but I think the part that most people remember when recalling this movie has something to do with Christopher Lee slapping a little girl. That entire plot, actually, I would say is not only the strongest, but also the most memorable.
Does It Still Hold Up?: The House That Dripped Blood is an absolute must in any B-movie collector’s stash. It’s got plenty of campy moments, a bunch of good laughs, and some amazing props. Does it hold up to horror movies now? Well, that would depend on how you classify the horror genre. If you are looking for a film that is set out to scare you as a “horror movie,” then no, it’s not going to give you the big screams you thirst for. This movie is great, but you have to go into it knowing that its main focus is classic supernatural/horror/monster/murder, not twenty-first century scream tactics.[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7nK9MTOUH4s]