The House That Dripped Blood (1970)

35mm film, Eastmancolor, 1.37:1 (negative ratio), 1.85:1 (intended ratio)
mono, English

A British horror anthology film directed by Peter Duffell.

Plot Summary

A officer investigates the disappearance of actor Paul Henderson and hears four strange tales about the house he'd just bought. In Method for Murder a horror writer is menaced by one of his own murderous creations; Waxworks sees two friends becoming obsessed with a a waxwork model apparently of a woman they both once knew; in Sweets to the Sweet a private teacher becomes increasingly concerned about the way her employer is treating his young daughter; and finally in The Cloak Henderson is shooting a new film when he buys a cloak that seems to turn him into a vampire.


Directed by: Peter Duffell
© 1970 by Cinerama, Inc.
An Amicus production
Executive Producers: Paul Ellsworth, Gordon Wescourt
Produced by: Max J. Rosenberg and Milton Subotsky
Written by: Robert Bloch
Director of Photography: Ray Parslow
Editor: Peter Tanner
Music Composed and Conducted by: Michael Dress
Sound Mixer: Ken Ritchie
Wardrobe: Laurel Staffel
Make-up: Harry Frampton
Hairdresser: Joyce James
Art Director: Tony Curtis
Produced at: Shepperton Studios, Shepperton, Middlesex, England

framework story
John Bennett (Detective Inspector Holloway)
John Bryans (A.J. Stoker)
John Malcolm (Police Sergeant Martin)

First Story – “Method for Murder”
Denholm Elliott (Charles Hillyer)
Joanna Dunham (Alice Hillyer)
Tom Adams (Dominick, ‘Richard')
Robert Lang (psychiatrist)

Second Story – “Waxworks”
Peter Cushing (Philip Grayson)
Joss Ackland (Neville Rogers)
Wolfe Morris (Jacquelin, waxworks proprietor)

Third Story – “Sweets to the Sweet”
Christopher Lee (John Reid)
Nyree Dawn Porter (Ann Norton)
Chloe Franks (Jane Reid)

Fourth Story – “The Cloak”
Jon Pertwee (Paul Henderson)
Ingrid Pitt (Carla)
Geoffrey Bayldon (Theo Von Hartmann)

Alternative Titles

La casa che grondava sangue – Italian title
Dom wampirów – Polish title
Huset som drepte – Norwegian video title
Huset som droppade blod – Swedish title
La mansión de los crímenes – Spanish title
Totentanz der Vampire – German title

See also
Dr Terror's House of Horrors (1965)
Scream 2 (1997)



  • Bedabbled! No.6 (March 2022) pp.34-37 – illustrated article (The right kind of person: Paying a visit to The House That Dripped Blood by Matthew Callingham)
  • Castle of Frankenstein no.17 p.4
  • Castle of Frankenstein no.18 pp.14, 15
  • The Dark Side November 1991 p.29 – credits, review
  • Flesh and Blood no.2 p.20 – credits, synopsis, review
  • House of Hammer vol.1 no.1 (October 1976) p.4 – note (Stop press: Late news)
  • Scarlet Street no.8 pp.78-79 – review
  • Shivers no.33 pp.4-6 – illustrated article
  • Supernatural no.1 (January 1969) pp.9; 40-43 – note (Horror film production guide); illustrated interview with Milton Subotsky (The Amicus brain by Gwynne Comber)
  • TV Times 16-22 March 1991 pp.23, 63 – review, credits


  • American International Pictures: A Comprehensive Filmography by Rob Craig p.200
  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.221-222
  • Chopped Meat: British Horror of the 1970s by Darrell Buxton p.unpaginated – note
  • Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing and Horror Cinema: A Filmography of Their 22 Collaborations by Mark A. Miller pp.227-249
  • The Christopher Lee Filmography by Tom Johnson and Mark A. Miller pp.223-226
  • Cinematic by John L. Flynn p.187
  • Comedy-Horror Films: A Chronological History, 1914-2008 by Bruce G. Hallenbeck p.215 – credits
  • Dracula in Visual Media: Film, Television, Comic Book and Electronic Game Appearances, 1921-2010 by John Edgar Browning and Caroline Joan (Kay) Picart p.102
  • English Gothic: A Century of Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby pp.203-205, 218, 228
  • Euro Gothic: Classics of Continental Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby pp.231, 341
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  • The Films of Christopher Lee by Robert W. Pohle Jr and Douglas C. Hart pp.144-145
  • The Illustrated Vampire Movie Guide by Stephen Jones pp.77-78 – credits, review
  • Hoffman's Guide to SF, Horror and Fantasy Movies 1991-1992 p.180 – credits, review
  • Horror Films of the 1970s by John Kenneth Muir pp.119-120  – illustrated credits, synopsis, review
  • Ingrid Pitt, Queen of Horror: The Complete Career by Robert Michael “Bobb” Cotter pp.57-64 – credits, synopsis, review
  • Peter Cushing: The Gentle Man of Horror and His 91 Films by Deborah Del Vecchio and Tom Johnson pp.255-262
  • by Walt Lee p.205 – credits
  • Uneasy Dreams: The Golden Age of British Horror Films, 1956-1976 by Gary A. Smith pp.130-131
  • Vampire Films of the 1970s: Dracula to Blacula and Every Fang Between by Gary A. Smith pp.31-33; 211 – illustrated review; credits