1971 BBFC Cert. “X”

The House That Dripped Blood

A Scotland Yard investigator looks into four mysterious cases involving an unoccupied house and its tragic previous tenants: 1. A hack novelist encounters a strangler who’s the villain of his books, leading his wife to question his sanity, 2. Two men are obsessed with a wax figure of a woman from their past, 3. A little girl with a stern, widowed father displays an interest in witchcraft, and 4. An arrogant horror film actor purchases a black cloak which gives him a vampire’s powers.

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Production Details

An Amicus Production
Produced at Shepperton Studios
102 Mins

Stills from film

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Hammer Connections
Original Poster

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Despite the title, not one drop of blood is seen in the entire film.

On the initial U.K. release, the British censor wanted to give it an A rating (equivalent to PG) because of its lack of gore. Fearing that this would harm box-office returns, the distributors asked for it to be re-rated X or they wouldn’t release it. The censor concurred.

The actress in the photograph in the segment “Waxwork” is Nicola Pagett who played Talia in Hammer’s “The Viking Queen” (1967).

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