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Theatre of Death (1967)

Not Rated | | Horror, Mystery, Thriller | November 1967 (USA)
The Theatre of Death in Paris specializes in horror presentations. A police surgeon finds himself becoming involved in the place through his attraction to one of the performers. When ... See full summary »


Samuel Gallu


Ellis Kadison (screenplay), Roger Marshall (screenplay)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Lee ... Philippe Darvas
Julian Glover ... Charles Marquis
Lelia Goldoni ... Dani Gireaux
Jenny Till Jenny Till ... Nicole Chapelle
Evelyn Laye ... Madame Angelique
Ivor Dean ... Inspector Micheaud
Joseph Fürst ... Karl Schiller (as Joseph Furst)
Betty Woolfe Betty Woolfe ... Colette
Leslie Handford Leslie Handford ... Joseph
Fraser Kerr Fraser Kerr ... Pierre
Dilys Watling Dilys Watling ... Heidi
Steve Plytas Steve Plytas ... Andre, Patron of Cafe
Miki Iveria ... Patron's Wife
Terence Soall Terence Soall ... Ferdi
Ester Anderson Ester Anderson ... La Poule (as Esther Anderson)


The Theatre of Death in Paris specializes in horror presentations. A police surgeon finds himself becoming involved in the place through his attraction to one of the performers. When bloodless bodies start showing up all over town, he realizes there could be links with the theatre. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Where Acting Can Be Murder. See more »


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Release Date:

November 1967 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Jenny Till received an "introducing" credit. See more »

Alternate Versions

When originally released theatrically in the UK, the BBFC made cuts to secure an 'X' rating. All cuts were waived in 2001 when the film was granted an '15' certificate for home video. See more »


Edited into Drive-In Madness! (1987) See more »


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Music by Trevor Duncan
Josef Weinberger Ltd
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Very stylish and good looking Brit horror/mystery
17 February 2014 | by Red-BarracudaSee all my reviews

Theatre of Death is a pretty below the radar example of British horror. It rarely seems to get much of a mention and is relatively unknown. Having just seen it I have to say that this is a somewhat unfair situation. On the face of it, it is quite similar in terms of subject matter to a Hammer film. But in reality it has more in common with a super-stylish Italian flick from the period, like the kind of thing Mario Bava might have directed. The reason for this is that, while it stars Hammer regular Christopher Lee and has a horror based story, it is set in chic Paris and, more importantly, it looks absolutely gorgeous. The art direction really is rather fine, with nice décor and exceptional use of colours, especially red and black. And most significant of all is the sumptuous cinematography by Gilbert Taylor. It may be a low budget movie but it looks absolutely great and that kind of craftsmanship counts for a lot in my book.

The setting is a theatre based on the famous Grand Guignol of Paris. This was a place that put on macabre and gory plays. It operated for decades and had something of a reputation. Likewise in Theatre of Death the plays on offer are of the dark and sinister kind. We have a nice set-piece to enjoy of one such example, 'The Witches of Salem'. Lee plays the intense, sadistic theatre director and he comes under suspicion when a series of serial killings occur that have all the hallmarks of a vampire attack. From here on in several of the cast attempt to solve this mystery and get to the bottom of these gruesome murders. It all winds up with a climax in the theatre during a particularly impressively erotic voodoo dance sequence. It's a stylish ending to a great looking movie. This is a film that definitely deserves far more recognition.

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