The Flesh and Blood Show

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The Flesh and Blood Show
The Flesh and Blood Show.jpg
American film poster
Directed by Pete Walker
Produced by Pete Walker
Screenplay by Alfred Shaughnessy
Starring Ray Brooks
Jenny Hanley
Luan Peters
Patrick Barr
Music by Cyril Ornadel
Cinematography Peter Jessop
Production
  company
Peter Walker (Heritage) Ltd.
Release date(s) 1972
Running time 96 min.
Country England
Language English

The Flesh and Blood Show is a 1972 British horror film directed by Pete Walker. It stars Ray Brooks, Jenny Hanley and Luan Peters.

Plot[edit]

A anonymous producer assembles a group of unemployed actors and actresses to be in a play, rehearsing in an abandoned theatre beside the sea. A murderer, who wears black gloves, kills all of the actors in various ways. The murderer is later revealed to have previously been an actor, who trapped his wife and her new lover in the wall, re-emerging 30 years later to commit murder again.

Production[edit]

The seaside theatre in the film was the Pavilion Theatre in Cromer, England. The film's ending was originally filmed and shown in cinemas in 3-D.[1]

The film's plot of young actors and actresses being murdered became a theme in the director's later work. His later horror films focused on youth and their culture being attacked by people who are older.[2] Walker mixed elements of sexploitation films and slasher films to direct this movie.[3]

The three films that the director is most known for came after this one - House of Whipcord, Frightmare, and House of Mortal Sin.[2]

Reception[edit]

Bill Gribron, writing for DVD Verdict, said, "This film could use all the inventive help it can get. Otherwise, it's as stiff as a British businessman's long-lamented upper lip".[1] Ian Jane, of DVD Talk, wrote, "While The Flesh & Blood Show has definitely got its fair share of obvious flaws, it's nevertheless a fun and enjoyable horror movie with enough mildly sleazy thrills and odd characters to provide for some solid entertainment"[4]

Home media[edit]

The film was released on DVD by Shriek Show, a division of Media Blasters, in 2006. The special features are a picture gallery, a trailer, and an interview with the director.[1]

Cast[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Gibron, Bill (3 August 2005). "The Flesh And Blood Show". DVD Verdict. Retrieved 17 August 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Hutchings, Peter (2009). The A to Z of Horror Cinema. Scarecrow Press. p. 325. ISBN 9780810870505. Retrieved 17 August 2013. 
  3. ^ Schwartz, Carol; Olenski, Jim (2002). VideoHound's Cult Flicks & Trash Pics. Visible Ink Press. p. 187. ISBN 1-57859-113-9. 
  4. ^ Jane, Ian (21 July 2006). "The Flesh and Blood Show". DVD Talk. Retrieved 17 August 2013. 

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