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Sweeney Todd - The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

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

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Release Date: Mar 1, 1936 Wide

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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

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Classics, Horror

Oct 26, 2004

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All Critics (4) | Fresh (3) | Rotten (0) | DVD (4)

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

July 23, 2008 Full Review Source: Cinefantastique
Cinefantastique

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

February 9, 2008 Full Review
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.
September 15, 2010
ajv2688

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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.
September 4, 2009
DuncanRR

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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!
September 13, 2009
trisarahtops22

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