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Comedy | Horror
Frame Rate:
24 fps
English 2.0  
Run Time:
92 min
IMDB Rating:
5.1 / 10 
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Directors: Ray Cameron [Director] ,

Movie Description:
Six scientists investigate a strange phenomenon at the creepy Headstone Manor, the site of a mysterious massacre years earlier that took the lives of 18 guests in one night. It turns out that the house is the place of a Satanic cult led by a sinister monk who plans to kill the scientists who are inhabiting this house of Satan. —Anonymous


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Silly but fun '80s camp comedy horror

In 1975 a group of killers dressed in monk's robes enter Headstone Manor; when they leave the eighteen people inside have met a variety of unpleasant deaths. In the present (1983) a group of scientists head to the manor to investigate strange radiation readings. They don't believe in the supernatural but it isn't long before strange things start to occur; not to mention the arrival of a group of local Satanists and a bunch of homicidal doppelgangers.

I didn't expect too much from this; perhaps for that reason I ended up pleasantly surprised. It is far from being a classic but it manages to provide a few decent chuckles, some inventive if not that gory deaths and lots of references to other films that should entertain those playing 'spot the movie reference'. The story is pretty simple but that doesn't matter too much. The cast, which includes several familiar faces from the era does a solid enough job although it is obvious that none of them are taking things seriously. The various deaths are fun and include some I'd not seen before... the can opener decapitation standing out the most. They aren't very bloody though; given the film has a UK-18 certificate they could have gone further... an unrealistic excess of blood is better than an unrealistic lack of blood! The special effects are very low budget. Overall I quite enjoyed this so would recommend it; although it might not be as enjoyable for those who don't know the films being referenced... although I suspect most people should as most of them are still considered classics.

Not Good.

This is surprisingly bad. The names attached to this film would suggest at the very least it would have been funny. This seems to be a forgotten title as its rarely mentioned in film circles and seems to have zero cult following.

Sometimes that is actually an omen that its not actually worth tracking down.

On paper this should be a must watch, particularly for Kenny Everett fans as this is has last outing in a film. The supporting cast as well is mainly fairly respectable UK TV actors and Barry Cryer is also attached.

So what is not to like?

Unfortunately quite alot. The acting simply isnt filmed very well, it looks like a director issue as none of this cast has ever looked so bad. The comedy aspect simply does not work, which is a shock as Kenny and Pamela Stephenson know how to be funny.

The horror aspect is actually quite nasty and doesn't fit with the attempted mood of the film.

While some put down the lack of success of this at the box office down to Kennys comments on politics at the time, it looks as if this failed on its own merits.

I suspect that if this was actually written by Kenny and directed by someone else this could have been a success. Although it can be hard to tell just what would have been seen as funny at the time, as many of the jokes fall flat because they have become cliches in the spoof film domain.

The fact that the story itself does't seem to make much sense just adds to sense this was a star vehicle for Kenny and his friends but someone forgot to hire a competent driver.

Maybe watch to see Pamela, Cleo and Kenny in their prime but do not expect a satisfying or funny experience.

Watchable mid-1980s horror comedy...

I had the opportunity to sit down and watch the 1984 horror comedy "Bloodbath at the House of Death" here in 2021. I had not even heard about the movie prior to stumbling upon it by sheer luck. And of course, with it being a horror comedy that I hadn't already seen, of course I had to watch it.

And I will say that writers Ray Cameron and Barry Cryer actually managed to put together a storyline and plot that proved entertaining and watchable. Sure, "Bloodbath at the House of Death" wasn't an outstanding movie experience, but it was actually good enough for a single viewing.

I was rather surprised to see Vincent Price in a movie such as this, but it was quite a nice surprise and he definitely added something great to the overall feel of the movie.

"Bloodbath at the House of Death" is an okay horror comedy, and it even spoofs on "Jaws", "E. T.", "Star Wars", "Alien", "The Rocky Horror Picture Show", "The Shining" and a couple other movies. I didn't catch all of the spoofs, but saw them on IMDb afterwards. I merely noticed the ones that I listed.

The acting in "Bloodbath at the House of Death" were good enough for a movie such as this. And I was only familiar with Vincent Price of all of the cast members here.

While "Bloodbath at the House of Death" was watchable and entertaining enough for what it turned out to be, this was hardly an outstanding or memorable movie experience. And I doubt that this is a movie that I will ever return to watch a second time.

My rating of "Bloodbath at the House of Death" lands on a five out of ten stars.
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