The House That Dripped Blood

Synopsis: A Scotland Yard investigator looks into four mysterious cases involving an unoccupied house and its tragic previous tenants: 1) A hack novelist encounters a strangler who's the villain of his books, leading his wife to question his sanity, 2) Two men are obsessed with a wax figure of a woman from their past, 3) A little girl with a stern, widowed father displays an interest in witchcraft, and 4) An arrogant horror film actor purchases a black cloak which gives him a vampire's powers.
Genre: Horror
Director(s): Peter Duffell
Production: Severin Films
Rotten Tomatoes:
102 min

Sergeant Martin?


Detective Inspector Holloway.

Oh, good afternoon, sir.

It's quite an honor to have

you come all this way down

from Scotland Yard.

You think so?

I've got more important things on my plate

than chasing temperamental film stars.

Would you like a cup of tea, sir?

I haven't come here for tea either.

I sent my report in as

quickly as I could, sir

Yes, I know, I read it.

You must realize, sir,

this sort of thing's

not really in my line.

Your report makes that very clear.

Well, there is something

I didn't mention in my report, sir.

About Paul Henderson?

No, sir.

About the house.

This is not the first time

that something has happened

to the tenants of that house.

Other disappearances?

No, not exactly disappearances, sir.

Well, what then?

Well, I have a file here, sir,

you ought to have a look at.

There's something that happened

about two years ago, sir.

The house was empty for some time

then the estate agent had an inquiry

from a young couple in London.

Hillier, the name was,

Charles and Alice Hillier.

- Good morning, Mrs. Hillier.

- Good Morning, Mr. Stoker.

Good Morning.

- Good Morning.

- Glad you could make it.

Thank you.

Well, shall we go in?

Why not?

Who was your last tenant?

Queen Victoria?

No, but the house has

been empty for some time.

Perhaps you'd like to see the kitchen.

I hope there's a refrigerator.

Oh, yes.

Not the most modern of course

but definitely a refrigerator.

I realize the house isn't

modern, Mrs. Hillier.

But it does have some

virtues, don't you think?

I can't say I've seen them, Mr. Stoker.

This collection is fantastic.

Somebody who lived here

had literary tastes

after my own heart.

It's perfect isn't it?

You're not serious.

No, I mean it.

It's ideal for me.

Oh, darling.

Now look, I promise

we'll move back to London

as soon as I finish the book.

I haven't been able to write a

line in weeks, you know that.

Do you really

want us to take it?


I suppose I could bear

it for a month or two.


I know I'll be able to work here.

What sort of work, may I ask?

My husbands a writer, Mr. Stoker.

Oh, what sort of writing does he do?

Horror stories.

He specializes in murder.

In the most gruesome ways imaginable.

Hello darling, you're back early.

It's past eight.

So it is.

I must have worked right through.

So I see.

Can I read it?


Let me show you.

Show me?


They say one pictures better

than a thousand words.

That's Dominick.

He's the villain in my story.

He's a strangler who's

escaped from an asylum

for the criminally insane.

He roams the countryside at night,

searching for fresh victims.

Laughing maniacally as he kills them.

Sometimes, I wonder

where you get your ideas.

Looking through the window.

That's where I first

saw him, this morning.

Just after you left.

You saw him?

Only in my minds eye.

From now on, Dominick's

my partner in crime.

He's gonna make us a lot of money.

Well, here's to Dominick.

Darling, have you seen the car keys?


Yes, there.

How's it going?


I'm almost halfway through.

Oh good.

You can thank my strangler for that.


You know, he's really taking over.

I've come to know his mind.

Almost the way he feels.

That's what makes him so very real.

And so very frightening.

Hello, darling.

What's wrong?

I didn't know.

I didn't know it was you, I...

Who else did you think it was?

You silly.

Oh, I'm exhausted.

I'll make some coffee.

Do you want some?

Oh darling, what's the matter?

It's Dominick.

I saw him.

You mean you imagined him?

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Robert Bloch

Robert Albert Bloch was an American fiction writer, primarily of crime, horror, fantasy and science fiction, from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He is best known as the writer of Psycho, the basis for the film of the same name by Alfred Hitchcock. more…

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