- Bloodbath at the House of Death
name = Bloodbath at the House of Death
Kenny Everetton the film poster
producer = Laurence Myers,
writer = Ray Cameron,
starring = Kenny Everett,
Pamela Stephenson, Vincent Price, Gareth Hunt
music = Mark London,
cinematography = Dusty Miller,
editing = Brian Tagg
Nucleus Films Ltd(DVD)
released = 1984
runtime = 88 min
language = English
amg_id = 1:6166
imdb_id = 0086981
"Bloodbath at the House of Death" is a
comedy horror filmproduced in 1983, starring the British comedian Kenny Everettand featuring Vincent Price. It is an over-the-top spoof loosely inspired by "The Amityville Horror" and other horror films from the same period.
The film opens in 1975 at a place called Headstone Manor, which is being used as a "businessman's weekend retreat and girls' summer camp". A few minutes into the film, a group of
satanic monks enter the house and kill 18 of its occupants (the 19th, played by Cleo Rocos, being the sole survivor). The murders were committed using the following methods:
*Two were axed to death.
*Two had their throats slit.
*One man was hanged.
*Two girls were struck by lightning.
*One man watching underwent
spontaneous human combustionand blew up.
*Four were stabbed to death.
*Six were frozen to death in the Manor's freezer.
In 1983, Doctor Lucas Mandeville (
Kenny Everett) and Doctor Barbara Coyle ( Pamela Stephenson Connolly) are sent to investigate radioactivereadings in the area that have been traced to Headstone Manor, now known by locals as the House of Death.
Along with several other scientists, Mandeville and Coyle set up their equipment in the house, while the Sinister Man (
Vincent Price), a 700-year-old Satanic priest, prepares a rite in the nearby woods to purge the house of its unwanted guests.
During this time, Mandeville reveals that he was once a successful German
surgeonnamed Ludwig Manheim, who was reduced to "smart-arse paranormalresearch crap" after a humiliation in the past. Coyle also encounters a poltergeist, and the two engage in sexual intercourse.
Several satanic clones of Mandeville, Coyle and the other scientists have entered the house, and begin killing off the originals and taking their place. When Coyle is about to be killed, she is rescued by the poltergeist and saved. The satanic monks then take off in a spaceship, revealing that these monks are aliens using the house for their activities on Earth. The film ends with the spaceship soaring into the skies, with an
E.T.voice groaning: "Oh, shit! Not again!"
The film was shot entirely on location at
Potters Barin Hertfordshire, England. [ [http://www.britmovie.co.uk/genres/horror/filmography/053.html Bloodbath at the House of Death (1984) ] ]
The film was released in the
United Kingdomby Thorn EMI, and was considered by critics to be very poor. Martyn Auty wrote: "Presumably intended as high camp; looks like low-grade "Carry On"." [Halliwell's Film Guide.] It was given an 18 certificatein the United Kingdom.
The film was released on
DVDin the United Kingdom in July 2008, with a re-rating to a 15 certificate. [ [http://www.britmovie.co.uk/forums/latest-dvd-releases/13321-bloodbath-house-death-1983-a.html Bloodbath at the House of Death (1983) - Britmovie - British Film Forum ] ]
A novel of the film was also published, which named Marcel Wave (one of Kenny Everett's TV characters) as the resident who underwent
References to other films
*The dark settings and ominous music are inspired by the
Hammer Horrorfilms of the 1960s, while the amount of blood used parodies the slasher films popular at the time.
*When Mandeville is playing the
double bassin the toilet, he is playing the theme from the film "Jaws".
*The idea of the house developing a mind of its own recalls the
Overlook Hotelfeatured in "The Shining" by Stephen King.
*The idea of alien beings using a spooky old house as a base can also be found in the 1975 film "
The Rocky Horror Picture Show".
*The front of Headstone Manor loosely resembles
112 Ocean Avenue, the house featured in " The Amityville Horror".
Carry On Screaming!
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*imdb title|id=0086981|title=Bloodbath at the House of Death
* [http://www.britmovie.co.uk/genres/horror/filmography/053.html Review at Britmovie.co.uk]
* [http://www.channel4.com/film/reviews/film.jsp?id=167459 Channel 4 review of the film]
* [http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2008/aug/22/comedy The films that were buried alive] , "
The Guardian", August 22, 2008
* [http://www.nucleusfilms.com/trailers/BloodbathTrailerWeb.mov Theatrical trailer of the film] (requires
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