Saturday, September 25, 2010

The Flesh and Blood Show (1972)

Director: Pete Walker

Starring: Ray Brooks, Jenny Hanley, Luan Peters, Robin Aswith

More info: IMDb

Tagline: An Appalling Amalgam of Carnage and Carnality ...

Plot: Actors rehearsing a show at a mysterious seaside theater are being killed off by an unknown maniac.

My rating: 6

Will I watch it again? Nope.

#2 on 42nd Street Forever Vol. 1 (part of the TRAILER TRASH PROJECT)

Really? It's heavy on the flesh and extremely light on the blood. The title sounds promising and after just watching SCREAM BABY SCREAM (1969) the night before, there's no way this could be worse. The first half of the picture moves very well with a good bit of nudity and all kinds of fun things going on. Hell, not two minutes into it we get this...

The best part about it is, Carol (Luan Peters who, by the way, needs to have my babies) answers the door at 3 am bare-ass naked, not knowing who it is! I need neighbors like that! So clearly the problem lies not with the flesh but with the blood...or lack of. ALL of the kills happen off screen and I don't mean that we don't see them as they're happening but we only see the bodies after the kids stumble onto them.

The last twenty or so minutes is a lot of flashback exposition explaining who the real killer is and why. It's an interesting film and all of the characters are likable but the lack of any gore (or on-screen kills for that matter) make this nothing more than just a watchable whodunit. I guess calling it THE FLESH SHOW doesn't have the right zing to it although it would have been much more accurate. To be fair, TFaBS was also the name of the improvisational show the actors were preparing within the film but, unfortunately, they didn't give us even a glimpse as to what that show was. It wouldn't have mattered, I suppose, if they had just given us some blood.

Fortunately, as with all Something Weird Video DVD-R releases, there's enough trailers tacked onto the end to fill up the two hour disc and one title in particular piqued my interest...

It turns out it's a Spanish flick from 1969 about a woman who torments the man who murdered her lesbian lover. I know what I'm watching tonight when I get home!

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