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Director:
Writer:
Alfred Shaughnessy (screenplay)
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Release Date:
August 1974 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
An Appalling Amalgam of Carnage and Carnality ... See more »
Plot:
Actors rehearsing a show at a mysterious seaside theater are being killed off by an unknown maniac. | Add synopsis »
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Superior proto-slasher film See more (17 total) »

Cast

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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
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
John Yule ... Gerry
Jess Conrad ... Young Actor
Patrick Barr ... Major Bell / Sir Arnold Gates
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Pete Walker ... (uncredited)
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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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Runtime:
96 min
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Color:
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.75 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Finland:K-16 (cut) (1974) | UK:18 | USA:R

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Trivia:
The film originally contained a 3-D flashback sequence.See more »
Goofs:
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 »
Movie Connections:
Featured in 42nd Street Forever, Volume 1 (2005) (V)See more »

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16 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Superior proto-slasher film, 23 February 2005
Author: lazarillo from Denver, Colorado and Santiago, Chile

A group of actors and a director are gathered together by a mysterious producer to rehearse a play in a creepy abandoned theater at the end of a pier off the English coast. In "Ten Little Indians" fashion they begin to disappear one by one. This sounds like a typical slasher movie, but in fact it preceded the slasher craze by many years. It was one of those movies like "Schoolgirl Killer", "Fright", and "Bay of Blood" that contained many of the elements of the slasher films and may have even influenced some of them a little, but was made well before "Black Christmas", "Halloween",and "Friday the 13th" initiated the deluge of slasher flicks.

This movie avoids many of what would later become tedious clichés of the slasher films. There's no heavy-breathing POV camera shots. The characters are stupid, but they are not so stupid that they don't notice their friends disappearing. The killer's motivation is actually somewhat believable and doesn't seem like something the filmmakers just pulled out of their collective keisters to justify the carnage. Actually, there isn't much carnage either. Most of the murders actually occur off-screen (blasphemy, I know). But what the movie lacks in blood, it makes up for in T and A. This movie marked a transition in British director Peter Walker's career from softcore sexploitation fare like "School for Sex" and "Four Dimensions of Greta" to his more mature and superior 70's horror films like "Frightmare" and "House of the Whipcord". Not surprisingly, Walker offers a hot shower of generous female nudity to prepare viewers for the sudden cold shower of the terror scenes.In the hilarious opening scene, for instance, an incredibly voluptuous actress is awakened by a knock on her door at three in the morning, so she gets out of her female "roommate's" bed and answers the door completely naked.

I'd recommend this movie to anyone, but people who like Pete Walker, and slasher movies that are actually well-crafted and scary will especially enjoy this one.

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