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Bloodthirsty Butchers (1970)

A murderous barber and his equally psychopathic friend, a baker, the barber and baker hatch a plan to murder and make human pies to be sold in his shop.


Andy Milligan


John Borske (screenplay), Andy Milligan (screenplay)


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Complete credited cast:
John Miranda ... Sweeney Todd
Annabella Wood Annabella Wood ... Johanna Jeffrey
Berwick Kaler ... Tobias Ragg
Jane Hilary Jane Hilary ... Maggie Lovett
Michael Cox Michael Cox ... Jarvis Williams
Linda Driver Linda Driver ... Becky Todd
William Barrel William Barrel ... Mr. Busker
Jonathan Holt Jonathan Holt ... John Lovett
Susan Cassidy Susan Cassidy ... Anna
David Pike David Pike ... Mr. Fisk
Frank Echols Frank Echols ... Barbershop Victim
Ann Arrow Ann Arrow ... Rosie
Shirley Ashdown Shirley Ashdown ... Mrs. Spool
Dickson Bain Dickson Bain ... Police Constable
George Barry George Barry ... Corky


Sweeney Todd, a barber, and Maggie Lovett, a baker, join forces to commit a series of brutal, gory murders in London with a little help from Tobias Ragg, an employee of Maggie' bakery who abducts a number of customers from the barber shop and kills them and helps the couple make "meat pies" out of the dead victims for sale. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

23 January 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Blood Butcher See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »


Box Office


$18,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Constitution Films See more »
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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Annabella Wood's only other movie credit is 'The House that Vanished' 1974, in which she appears naked in bed with a monkey. See more »


Tobias Ragg: Suppose I arrange to get rid of it?
Rosie: I don't want to get rid of it.
Tobias Ragg: Well, I do.
Rosie: Well, that's too bad honey, because I ain't getting rid of no baby. That baby's stayin' right where it is. Cause that's the only hold I have over you. Rosie ain't so dumb.
Tobias Ragg: So that's it, is it?
Rosie: That's it.
Tobias Ragg: I think I'd make other plans.
Rosie: That's a good idea, Tobias. You just do that and make sure every one of those plans includes little ol me.
Tobias Ragg: You heard me. I said they don't include you.
Rosie: How are you going to get out of it...
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Alternate Versions

Bloodthirsty Butchers had a scene in which a victim has their entrails being pulled out of their stomach. This scene was edited out by the film's producer William Mishkin either because he was sickened by that sequence or he felt that the film would have rating problems with the MPAA. But, publicity photos show this scene. See more »


Version of The Tale of Sweeney Todd (1997) See more »

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Let's hope Tim Burton didn't look for inspiration here ...
24 January 2008 | by CoventrySee all my reviews

As I write this user-comment, Tim Burton's interpretation of the Sweeney Todd tale is making big money at the box office and the film even earned a couple of Oscar nominations if I'm not mistaken. I haven't seen it yet, but I sincerely hope Burton didn't look for inspiration and/or stylish trademarks in good old Andy Milligan's "Bloodthirsty Butchers". Yes, even though the title distinctively mentions butchers, the main characters in the plot are a barber (the infamous Sweeney Todd) and a female baker. Together they form a vile alliance where he kills the customers in his shop and she processes the bodies into her famous London meat pies. In other words, an Andy Milligan premise at his most typical, derivative, delirious and amateurish. I think the IMDb rating for this film speaks for itself. Although the actual story definitely isn't the worst I've ever seen, Milligan somehow inexplicably attracts sheer ineptitude. The production is one gigantic mess, with an incoherent narrative structure, truly hideous photography, poor lighting, lousy acting and directing, laughable gore and zilch tension or atmosphere. More than half of the footage is pure padding and words fail to describe how BORING the film is, even with a running time of a mere 80 minutes. Ed Wood, Ted V. Mikels and Bruno Mattei; you guys need not fear as none other than Andy Milligan is – hands down – the worst director ever, but I don't think he cared. Maybe if you dispose of a really high level of tolerance, "Bloodthirsty Butchers" is worth one viewing.

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