The Flesh and Blood Show Film Details
Overview: Actors rehearsing a show at a mysterious seaside theater are being killed off by an unknown maniac.
Tagline: An Appalling Amalgam of Carnage and Carnality
Review: The Flesh and Blood Show is set in England where a group of young & aspiring actor’s are hired by a production company to rehearse & perform a play which they intend to open in London, the company send all the actor’s to a small seaside town where an old abandoned theatre sits on the end of a pier. It’s in this old theatre that the actor’s will get to know each other & rehearse the play, Mike (Ray Brooks) is acting producer & it’s his job to organise everything. Once all the cast have arrived they decide to live in the theatre will rehearsing, the first while while they are trying to sleep a loud screams wakes everyone up & they soon discover that that one of their number is missing & set out to look for her. Mike thinks he finds her decapitated head but after returning with local police it has vanished, puzzled Mike has to forget it but other member’s of the cast also disappear as the theatre’s terrible past comes back to haunt the present… This British & American co-production was produced & directed by Pete Walker & was his first attempt at horror, I have to say that The Flesh and Blood Show is a rather standard murder mystery horror with added nudity. While there’s a fair bit of naked flesh on show there’s not much blood on offer, at over 90 minutes The Flesh and Blood Show is a fairly dull film that hasn’t aged well either. The murder mystery aspect is pretty poor, there’s no great surprise as to who the killer is & there’s meant to be a double twist at the end but the film just sort of finishes before the script has a chance to do anything with it. The kills are forgettable & I am not sure what that opening sequence of blood dripping down wooden supports & into the sea has to do with anything, the character’s are all sex crazed teens who enjoy playing annoying jokes on each other which provide lots of those tiresome ‘fake’ scare scenes where something initially threatening turns out to be a practical joke. The revelation of the killer at the end is pretty dull & his motives for murder are weak, he goes a little bit crazy as well quoting all sorts of classic lines from various plays that sound out of place here & only slow things down even more. Overall The Flesh and Blood Show is an unsatisfying murder mystery that doesn’t deliver on the mystery or the slasher aspects of the story, while not the worst example of it’s kind I can’t say I would ever want to see it again. The Flesh and Blood Show definitely has the 70’s feel to it, lots of old looking buildings with lots of dark corridors for people to endlessly walk down although the fashions don’t fare so well with some hideous outfits including tight fitting canary yellow trousers. There’s a fair amount of nudity here with virtually every female member of the cast going topless at least once while the gore is tame with only a severed head & a bit of blood splatter on show. The film has a decent atmosphere & looks alright but I doubt I will remember anything about it in a week. Origianlly shot partially in 3-D, the flashback sequence at the end was originally shown in 3-D but was simply black and white for most home video releases. Filmed on location in Cromer in Norfolk here in England, written by Alfred Shaughnessy who went on to be script editor on British sitcom Upstairs, Downstairs (1971-1975). The acting is OK but nothing special here, Robin Askwith appeared in a number of British horror & sex films during the 70’s while Ray Brooks narrated both Mr. Benn (1971) & King Rollo (1980) & was more recently in Eastenders. The Flesh and Blood Show is a pretty forgettable murder mystery horror film that looks alright & isn’t terrible but just isn’t great either. Not much of a mystery to solve, not much gore to get excited about & a rather slow pace at times means The Flesh and Blood Show is a minor entry in British horror.
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 96 min
Also known as: The Flesh and Blood Show,Verinen naamio,Im Rampenlicht des Bösen,Le théâtre de l’angoisse,Le rideau de la mort,Шоу плоти и крови