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Malatesta's Carnival of Blood (1973)

Not Rated | | Horror | 1973 (USA)
The Norris family get jobs working at a seedy old carnival as a cover for searching for their missing son who disappeared after visiting said carnival. Eccentric manager Mr. Blood turns out... See full summary »


Christopher Speeth


Werner Liepolt (story)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Janine Carazo ... Vena
Jerome Dempsey ... Blood
Daniel Dietrich Daniel Dietrich ... Malatesta
Lenny Baker ... Sonja
Hervé Villechaize ... Bobo (as Herve Villechaize)
William Preston ... Sticker
Paul Hostetler Paul Hostetler ... Mr Norris
Betsy Henn Betsy Henn ... Mrs Norris
Chris Thomas Chris Thomas ... Kit
Paul Townsend Paul Townsend ... Johnny
Tom Markus ... Bean
Sebastian Stuart Sebastian Stuart ... Lucky
James Lambert James Lambert ... Winston
Rebecca Stuart Rebecca Stuart ... Leading Ghoul
Jim McCrane Jim McCrane ... Mr Davis


The Norris family get jobs working at a seedy old carnival as a cover for searching for their missing son who disappeared after visiting said carnival. Eccentric manager Mr. Blood turns out to be a vampire while the evil owner Malatesta rules over a gaggle of ghastly ghouls who watch silent movies when they aren't feasting on human flesh. Written by Woodyanders

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You'll Shriek With Horror! ... As You Watch His Victims Take a Diabolical Roller-Coaster Ride to Bloody Death See more »




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Did You Know?


Writer Werner Liepolt and actor Lenny Baker developed the character Sonia the Gypsy. As Liepolt has said in interviews, it allowed Baker to explore his bisexuality eventhough the character was named after Liepolt's mother See more »


Camera/crew shadow visible when Vena is walking alongside the carousel just before she encounters Sonja. See more »


Featured in Malatesta's Underground (2016) See more »

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A free-form amateur spook show.
11 January 2004 | by EyeAskanceSee all my reviews

An off-road ramshackle amusement park is maintained and operated by an odd assemblage of resident vampires, ghouls, zombies...and Herve Villachaiz. When night falls and the gates are closed, these fun-loving fiends retreat into their subterranean home within the murky depths below the park. A strange family unit of sorts, they enjoy watching old horror classics while they wait like hungry spiders for juvenile delinquents and random miscreants to illegally enter the carnival grounds.

There's an omnipresence of highly effective eeriness in this divergent, psychedelirious obscurity...in fact, the entire film is viscid with an unearthly distortion of its own secret recipe. It's entirely possible that this surreal edge could be merely incidental to misguidance or clumsiness during production(a scarce but occasional phenomenon exclusive to the country-club of penniless amateur cinema). Whatever the case, it works in a gangly, but wonderful way.

MALATESTA'S CARNIVAL OF BLOOD is a gratifying sensory overload in a very elite minor-league of uncatagorizables, agnate examples of which might include BLOOD FREAK, DEATH BED;THE BED THAT EATS, and GODMONSTER OF Indian FLATS. This crazy flick slipped through the cracks once already...let's not let it happen again.


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1973 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, USA

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1.85 : 1
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