Grand guignol tale that dares tackle a shakespearean serial killer acted with great gusto by Vincent Price. Idea becomes stale after awhile with Price having much more fun than the audience is. Some inventitive murders with special kudos to the Titus Andronicus inspired expiry of Robert Morley and the 'House of Wax' reference in the final scenes. Some films date well and others.....perhaps not so much.
The film gets a little episodic but each murder sequence is so whimsical I was constantly entertained. The murders have a ritualistic Polanski vibe, much of it comes off more weird than outright horrifying. Many of critics are cliched but Price's relationship with his daughter is actually nicely done and really the film's finest homage to Shakespeare. I wonder how much of the character Price identified with.
The legendary horror icon Vincent Price at his most deliciously entertaining (well, this and his dope rhyming contributions to The Hilarious House of Frightenstein). I think Mr. Price even went on record as saying that this role was the best time he ever had while acting in front of the movie cameras (and it clearly shows).