02 September 2014

The Flesh and Blood Show (1972)
90 min.
Directed by Pete Walker.
With Jenny Hanley, Ray Brooks, Luan Peters, Judy Matheson, Robin Askwith, Candace Giendenning, Tristan Rogers, Patrick Barr.
Prior to crafting 1974's gritty (and excellent) Frightmare, director Walker helmed this salty seaside slasher that contains a few moments of fun pep.

A group of young actors gather at the old abandoned Dome Theatre to rehearse the "Flesh & Blood Show."

But soon, a dark-gloved figure begins menacing the unsuspecting thespians.

Could the stalker be some sort of wayward presence from the theatre's past?

Several nice touches, including the killer's nighttime attack on Carol: his breathy, crawling slither to her across benches.

Could have benefitted from a higher bodycount; still, there's a decent flashback explanation of the killer's motivations...and a nice double surprise ending.

Also known as Asylum of the Insane.

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