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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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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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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 | 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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Referenced in Bloodsucking Freaks (1976)See more »


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Nifty enough seaside shocker: Walker's crimson period starts here, 16 May 2010
Author: Tom May ( from United Kingdom

"The Flesh and Blood Show" bookends Pete Walker's 'golden period' of horrors, with "Schizo" (1976) at the other end; it is a gruesome piece of film-making that shows improvements in Walker's work from "Die Screaming, Marianne" - and yet he is still limbering up, in truth.

Patrick Barr - to be used again by PW - is excellent here, playing 'the Major', the first in a line of Walker protagonists who appear to be harmless English eccentrics, but are actually... well, that would be telling! The youth characters may be rather stereotyped, but that is part of Walker's approach: to set a licentious, permissive youth against a resentful and uncompromisingly vengeful older generation. It is much to Walker's credit that few if any characters could be described as typical heroes. And he doesn't take sides; the photography indeed mimics the voyeur's view at times - implicating the audience, using the trick first deployed by Michael Powell in "Peeping Tom" (1960).

The out-of-season seaside setting - Cromer, apparently - fits aptly into this dialectic. The troupe of young actors' arrival seemingly doubles the ageing population of the resort, who can seemingly only dream of the past. It can even be argued that there are pre-echoes of Alan Bennett's use of Morecambe in "Sunset Across the Bay" (BBC, 1975) - though of course, lacking quite the same sad humour and dry insight.

Still, it is an serviceable enough shocker. Not as bizarrely gripping as Walker's subsequent Melodramas of Discontent, but a decisive step in that direction. And with a script by Alfred Shaughnessy (one of the prime wits behind LWT's "Upstairs, Downstairs") and a suitably eerie score from Cyril Ornadel (who composed all of the music for ATV's seminal "Sapphire and Steel"). Oh, and Robin Askwith... who is enjoyably absurd in horror films (see also the ludicrous "Horror Hospital" from the following year), where he is rather more horrific in myriad dire sex comedies to come.

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