(1973)3Robert FirschingVincent Price obviously had a great time making this wickedly funny horror-comedy, and his exuberance carried over to the rest of the cast. Price is Edward Lionheart, a deluded Shakespearean actor who believes that the local critics' circle robbed him of an acting award he deserved. Presumed dead after a suicide attempt, Price dons a variety of disguises -- from a masseuse to a gay hairdresser -- in order to make sure the critics meet gruesome deaths based on those in Shakespearean plays. One critic is decapitated in his bed (Cymbeline), another has a pound of flesh removed (The Merchant of Venice), a third is tricked into killing his wife (Othello), and in the most elaborate set-up, the effeminate Robert Morley is forced to eat his beloved poodles baked in pies a la Titus Andronicus. Price attacks his role with gusto, switching roles and disguises in the tour-de-force of his career, while Douglas Hickox (Zulu Dawn) directs with more flair than is usually seen in British horror. This cult favorite is a real treat, and -- especially for actors -- a deliciously vicarious revenge.