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The Flesh and Blood Show (1972)

R  |   |  Horror  |  August 1974 (USA)
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Actors rehearsing a show at a mysterious seaside theater are being killed off by an unknown maniac.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ray Brooks ...
Jenny Hanley ...
Julia Dawson
Luan Peters ...
Carol Edwards
Candace Glendenning ...
Tony Weller
Judy Matheson ...
David Howey ...
Elizabeth Bradley ...
Mrs. Saunders
Rodney Diak ...
Penny Meredith ...
Sally Lahee ...
Iris Vokins
Raymond Young ...
Insp. Walsh
Carol Allen ...
Alan Curtis ...
Jack Phipps


Actors rehearsing a show at a mysterious seaside theater are being killed off by an unknown maniac.

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Im Rampenlicht des Bösen  »

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The film originally contained a 3-D flashback sequence. See more »


As Luan Peters investigates the prop room below the stage she makes a big deal of brushing away cobwebs, but there aren't any. See more »


Referenced in Bloodsucking Freaks (1976) See more »

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The Flesh and a lack of Blood show!
15 February 2007 | by (Beverley Hills, England) – See all my reviews

To me, Pete Walker is most famous for mature horror works such as House of Whipcord and House of Mortal Sin, but apparently he used to direct silly sex flicks and this was the film that was the stepping stone between those and the horror that he would go on to direct. The Flesh and Blood Show is a slasher at heart; but it deserves more respect than the average slasher flick because it came out before the big 'boom' in the eighties, and is therefore a precursor to the genre. As such, the film doesn't feature many of the over-used clichés of the genre - but I was disappointed as while Walker doesn't hold back with the nudity, he does with the blood - and that's not good in a film called 'The Flesh AND Blood Show'. Anyway, the plot focuses on a troupe of actors and a director that decide to go to an old abandoned theatre in a quiet town to rehearse their play and (hopefully) become big names on the London circuit. However, soon enough members of the troupe begin to vanish one by one, prompting an investigation into the theatre's unsavoury history.

Aside from Walker regular Patrick Barr, this film featured two recognisable actors for me, one for his looks and the other for the sound of his voice! Robin Askwith I recognised immediately as the star of the superb Michael Gough trash flick 'Horror Hospital', while Ray Brooks' voice sounded familiar. It didn't take me long to figure out that he sounded like the 'Joe' from Eastenders, and after looking on here - it's the same guy! The female stars I didn't recognise, despite the fact that most of them had appeared in various Hammer films; but they do their job well - that job being providing eye candy! I'm guessing that Pete Walker hadn't met Sheila Keith when The Flesh and Blood Show was made. The old theatre provides a good location for the horror; its ominous rooms and corridors help Walker to create the much needed atmosphere. The film does have a lot of good points; but unfortunately for me it all comes down to the lack of blood, and the fact that it's not always interesting. The ending didn't inspire me much either, although it's not the worst I've seen from a slasher flick.

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