Behind The Scenes: Peter Cushing Holds His Own Decapitated Head On The Set Of THE HOUSE THAT DRIPPED BLOOD

Amicus Productions churned out a selection of modestly budgeted (but rather successful) horror films throughout the 1960s and 1970s. These films often starred a selection of rather big actors in relatively small roles. Shot quickly and with small budgets, Amicus differed from Hammer by giving the majority of its movies contemporary settings (Hammer films also had modest budgets but they had period trappings) and they had a successful line in making anthology films.

1971’s The House That Dripped Blood was written by Psycho author Robert Bloch, originating in a selection of the writer’s short stories. The film stars Denholm Elliott, Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Jon Pertwee and Ingrid Pitt. It’s a story about a house which causes a lot of misfortune to everyone who lives within its walls.

In Waxworks, the story featuring Cushing, the actor plays a man who becomes obsessed with a wax statue which looks like a deceased former love. He loses his head over her. Literally.