Bloodbath at the House of Death (1983)

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Bloodbath at the House of Death is a 1983 British comedy horror film starring comedian Kenny Everett and featuring Vincent Price. It is an over-the-top spoof loosely inspired by The Amityville Horror and other horror films from the same period.

Rest of the main cast:

Pamela Stephenson, Gareth Hunt, Don Warrington, John Fortune, Sheila Steafel, John Stephen Hill, Cleo Rocos, Graham Stark, Pat Ashton, David Lodge (Corruption), Davilia David, Debbie Linden and Tim Barrett.


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 eighteen of its occupants.


In 1983, Doctor Lucas Mandeville (Kenny Everett) and Doctor Barbara Coyle (Pamela Stephenson) are sent to investigate radioactive readings 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 surgeon named Ludwig Manheim, who was reduced to “smart-arse paranormal research crap” after a humiliation in the past. Coyle also encounters a poltergeist, and the two have sex.

Several satanic clones of Mandeville, Coyle and the other scientists enter house, and begin killing off the originals and taking their place…


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“Basically, if you like the Scary Movie series or are hardcore enough to have seen (the admittedly superior) Wacko!, then this is parodic horror on a similar level, but with the added benefit of Everett and friends. Likewise, if you’re interested in collecting odd little films from the past that no one else remembers, then this is a must to add to your collection of arcana. If neither of things appeal, then this one probably isn’t for you.” Craig Lines, Den of Geek

Bloodbath is a mixture of gross-out horror/comedy (there’s an awful lot of blood splattering the walls), typical Everett zaniness (his character has a German accent and a false leg, for no reason other than it gives him a chance to act up for the cameras) and skits on genre favourites (American Werewolf, Carrie, Jaws, The Entity, Rosemary’s Baby, The Shining, Alien, a touch of Star Wars, maybe even British classic City of the Dead). But sadly, it seems that someone forgot to put in any actual jokes…” British Horror Films


” … it does have a lot of laughs if you’re in the right mood. It will of course also help if you know a bit about the genre, being able to spot the many references and influences on show, including Carrie, Alien and Jaws, as well as any horror movie which features the oft-used ‘blood pouring out of the taps’ routine … BATHOD is certainly not for all tastes, but if you like horror send-ups, especially ones supported by a top-notch cast, and you don’t mind a fart gag or six, then this is for you. ” Eat My Brains

“… a moderately entertaining movie that appeals more as a time-capsule of the period it was made in, with many comedy actors and then-topical references to other movies of the time. Kenny himself shows flashes of the brilliance with which he was blessed; Cameron and Cryer deliver a few amusing gags and Vincent Price is a joy to watch as he revels in not taking himself seriously.” Wilson Bros, DVD Active

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Categories: 1980s, British, comedy horror, paranormal, rural horror, satanic horror

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