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August 1974 (USA) See more »
An Appalling Amalgam of Carnage and Carnality ... See more »
Actors rehearsing a show at a mysterious seaside theater are being killed off by an unknown maniac. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)
Ray Brooks ... Mike
Jenny Hanley ... Julia Dawson
Luan Peters ... Carol Edwards

Robin Askwith ... Simon
Candace Glendenning ... Sarah

Tristan Rogers ... Tony Weller
Judy Matheson ... Jane
David Howey ... John
Elizabeth Bradley ... Mrs. Saunders
Rodney Diak ... Warner
Penny Meredith ... Angela
Sally Lahee ... Iris Vokins
Raymond Young ... Insp. Walsh
Carol Allen ... Librarian
Alan Curtis ... Jack Phipps
Brian Tully ... Willesden
Jane Cardew ... Lady Pamela
Tom Mennard ... Fred
Stewart Bevan ... Harry Mulligan (as Stuart Bevan)
Michael Knowles ... Curran
Kent Baker ... Mortuary Attendant
John Yule ... Gerry
Jess Conrad ... Young Actor
Patrick Barr ... Major Bell / Sir Arnold Gates
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Pete Walker ... Ludovico (uncredited)

Directed by
Pete Walker 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Alfred Shaughnessy  screenplay

Produced by
Pete Walker .... producer
Original Music by
Cyril Ornadel 
Cinematography by
Peter Jessop 
Film Editing by
Ron Pope 
Makeup Department
Bill Lodge .... makeup artist
Production Management
Robert Fennell .... production manager
Matt McCarthy .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Paul Fell .... second assistant director
Brian Lawrence .... assistant director
Terry Madden .... third assistant director
Sound Department
Tony Anscombe .... dubbing mixer
Nick Flowers .... boom operator
Peter O'Connor .... sound recordist
Camera and Electrical Department
Jim Davis .... gaffer
John Metcalfe .... camera operator
Tim Ross .... follow focus
Editorial Department
Jim Roddan .... assistant editor
Music Department
Cyril Ornadel .... conductor
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

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96 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.75 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Finland:K-16 (cut) (1974) | UK:18 | UK:15 (re-rating) (2008) | USA:R

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The film originally contained a 3-D flashback sequence.See more »
Revealing mistakes: 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 »
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The Flesh and a lack of Blood show!, 15 February 2007
Author: The_Void from Beverley Hills, England

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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