This movie is a recorded performance in concert. It all begins when Benjamin Barker( George Hearn), a mysterious,quiet,and subtle barber, returns to his hometown in London after escaping ... See full summary »
Neil Patrick Harris
The fictional tale of the murderous 19th century barber (Ben Kinglsey) who sold his kills to a neighboring butcher (Joanna Lumley) for her renowned meat pies. A young innocent (Selina ... See full summary »
Early British production of the Sweeney Todd tale has Moore Marriott playing that role. In the film he plays a sadistic barber who kills mean for their money while using their bodies for meat pies.
When it comes to the story of Sweeney Todd, the most popular version of the older films is without question that Tod Slaughter one from 1936. That version of the story has made the rounds for countless years and it's reputation has grown as the cult following of Slaughter has. This silent version was made eight years earlier and there's no question that it's the better of the two films. In fact, this is a pretty darn good movie in its own right that fans of the horror genre should check out.
There's quite a bit to enjoy here but what I enjoyed most were the performances and the characters. I thought Marriott was quite good in the lead role, although one shouldn't be expecting anything over-the-top. The one performances that really stands out here is Harry Lorraine who plays Todd's brother and he does go so over-the-top that you can't help but think that Slaughter based his maniac-style performance on this. Just watch Lorraine here and it's easy to see that it influenced Slaughter in the 1936 version.
This was obviously shot on a very low-budget so there's not too much style and I'd argue that the film does look a bit older than its 1928 date. With that said, the thing clocks in at just 48-minutes and it certainly kept me entertained. It is interesting that the Todd story is told via a dream and we're let on to that right at the start of the picture.
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