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Nightmare Circus (1974)

R | | Horror | August 1974 (USA)
Three showgirls on their way to Las Vegas have car trouble and are stuck all night out in the desert. The next morning cheerful Andre offers them help in fixing their car. However, Andre is... See full summary »

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Andre
Manuela Thiess ...
Simone (as Manuella Thiess)
Sherry Alberoni ...
Sheri
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Corrine
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Mrs. Baynes (as Shiela Bromley)
Gil Lamb ...
Mr. Alvarez
Al Cormier ...
Sheriff Stanford
Chuck Niles ...
Derek Moore
Jennifer Ashley ...
Flower Child
Laura Campbell ...
Laura
Sonja Dunson ...
Sonja
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Karene (as Karene Fredrik)
Lin Henson ...
Lin
Jolene Lontere ...
Crazy Girl
Jeane Manson ...
Jean (as Jean Manson)
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Three showgirls on their way to Las Vegas have car trouble and are stuck all night out in the desert. The next morning cheerful Andre offers them help in fixing their car. However, Andre is really a maniac with a lot of family problems; his mother ran out on him when he was a child so now he keeps kidnapped women chained up in his barn and trains them to perform circus tricks. Andre's father is still around of course, but because the old homestead is next to a nuclear test site he has been transformed into a raving homicidal mutant that Andre keeps locked up in a shed. Written by Jeremy Lunt <durlinlunt@acadia.net>

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Captive young girls... chained... abused... by a Madman!

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August 1974 (USA)  »

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Barn of the Naked Dead  »

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Henry Silva was originally considered to play Andre. See more »

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Referenced in Making the Cut: A Look Back at the Centerfold Girls (2009) See more »

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Evil Eyes
by Tommy Vig, Harvey Siders, Chuck Niles
Sung by Pamela Miller
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Decent 'backwoods' B-horror trash...
15 January 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

aka. "The Barn of the Naked Dead". There were quite a few interesting ideas at play in "The Barn of the Naked Dead", only their execution seemed a bit too clumsy and misdirected to completely "grab" me. That said, considering it's mean, misogynistic and just plain weird content, I can't chalk it up to a total loss.

Three young showgirls are on their way to Vegas. They make the mistake of turning off onto a dirt road "shortcut" where their car breaks down in the middle of the desert. The next morning, a seemingly helpful guy shows up to take them to his isolated place to use his phone. It doesn't take long before the gals notice that his barn is full of chained women that he ends up using as the "animals" in his deranged circus act, for which he plays the sadistic ringmaster. While this is going on, the girls' agent is trying his damnedest to track them down...

There's some back story involving the guy's mommy issues and there's some kind of Anthropophagus-looking freak tucked away - a result of the military's H-bomb testing years ago. That part - while making for a reasonably gruesome ending - seemed kind of awkwardly wedged into the film, while I thought the whole circus angle was an amusing concept. Andrew Prine (from "The Town That Dreaded Sundown") pulls off his role very well and the movie doesn't shy away from astringent cruelty towards women. That f*cker LOVED his bull whip! It's an entertaining enough 'exploit'/B-horror flick, but, like I said, it could have used a little more direction and 'flow' with some of it's elements. Still giving it a rec.

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