Sweeney Todd - The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (1936)

Sweeney Todd - The Demon Barber of Fleet Street


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A bone-chiller that still manages to inject humor, this movie was based on an actual event and even spawned Stephen Sondheim's hit play "Sweeney Todd" in 1978. Slaughter portrays a mad barber who has a deal with a baker to provide fillings for his meat pies. Unfortunately for the barber's customers, their visit to his basement makes them an integral part of that deal. ~ Tana Hobart, Rovi

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Classics, Horror
Directed By:
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 26, 2004



as Sweeney Todd

as Johanna Oakley

as Stephen Oakley

as Pearley

as Mrs. Lovatt

as The Beadle

as Trader Patterson

as Capt. Stevenson
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Critic Reviews for Sweeney Todd - The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (1)

June 5, 2004
AV Club
Top Critic

All of [the creaky storytelling] fades to nothing but dim shadows, eclipsed by the glorious villainy of Todd Slaughter.

Full Review… | July 23, 2008

It's, well, a cut above most other musicals.

Full Review… | February 9, 2008
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

Terrific Tod Slaughter barnstormer. Not his best, but his most famous.

May 5, 2004
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for Sweeney Todd - The Demon Barber of Fleet Street


I saw this on TV, but I only caught the end, which didn't look so great. I'd really like to see the whole movie now, since I am a fan of Tod Slaughter, and he has such an appropriate name for the movie.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

It's closer to the original penny dreadful than Stephen Sondheim's musical. As far as I'm concerned, that's a bad thing. Sweeney's a pretty two-dimensional character with pretty shallow motivations in this incarnation, and Tod Slaughter's campy performance doesn't help. Might be worth a look-see for those interested in the character's roots, especially if they're on a tight budget (it's in the public domain). But for those of you who like your Sweeney a little more sympathetic, pass on this one.

Duncan Ryan-Ross

Super Reviewer

I personally like the remake of this much better. This is kind of weak in that he just takes their money. Making them into meat pies is much better and much more twisted!

Sarah Prisbylla

Super Reviewer

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