The Flesh and Blood Show (Asylum of the Insane) (1972)





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This sick little horror film from British gore/exploitation director Pete Walker finds a group of actors summoned by an anonymous producer to take part in a gruesome Grand Guignol play being staged at an isolated resort, only to find that their characters' elaborately staged theatrical deaths are designed to do them in for real. It is revealed that their unseen benefactor is a former stage performer, driven psychotic after catching another actor in bed with his wife, who now seeks symbolic retribution against all actors for their immoral behavior. Though not quite as sleazy as some of Walker's later work, this is still fairly gruesome stuff. The same theme gets vastly superior treatment in the following year's Theatre of Blood, featuring a tour-de-force performance from Vincent Price. ~ Cavett Binion, Rovi
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Critic Reviews for The Flesh and Blood Show (Asylum of the Insane)

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So glacial and mild, it's a wonder what the production was actually trying to achieve with its emphasized but underutilized genre elements.

Full Review… | March 23, 2014

Audience Reviews for The Flesh and Blood Show (Asylum of the Insane)

Gruesome goings on in a largely abandoned theater start to become very real in this Pete Walker shocker, and I have to say that this was much more in line with what I was expecting from this director. Worth a rental.

Bill Bryant
Bill Bryant

Despite the obviously limited budget and the directors insistence on showing as much naked female flesh as possible I actually thought this was a good little concept for a horror film and the setting (a diused theatre on the end of a pier) worked very well. Of course the whole thing is ridiculous and the so-called 'acting' of this improvisational theatre company is hilarious but you get the feeling that with a little more time, money and effort this could have been a really good British horror. It plays a bit like a mixture of Christie's 'Ten Little Indians' and an Italian Giallo film and that's no bad thing.

David Sayers
David Sayers

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[b][i]The Flesh and Blood Show[/i][/b] Starring: Jenny Hanley, Ray Brooks, Luan Peters, Judy Matheson, and Candace Glendenning. Directed by Pete Walker. Written by Alfred Shaughnessy. Rated [b]R[/b] (for violence, sexuality/nudity and language). Running time approximately 1 hour 33 minutes. [center][img][/img] [i]I think I'm good on the whole Pete Walker thing. Thanks, though.[/i] [/center] Pure nonsense about a troupe of "actors" (none of them can act. At all.) trekking to an old theatre on a pier to practice and perform the improvised "flesh and blood show," which holds such a title solely for the purposes of sounding cool for the title of the film. This is schlock in the worst sense of the word - boring, senseless, poorly written and acted. [i]The Flesh and Blood Show[/i] is a waste, regardless of the fact that some of the gore and dead body effects are interesting. [b]*1/2 (out of ****) D+[/b] [i][b]Frightmare[/b][/i] Starring: Rupert Davies, Sheila Keith, Deborah Fairfax, Paul Greenwood, Kim Butcher. Directed by Pete Walker. Written by David McGillivray. Rated [b]R[/b] (for violence and disturbing images). Running time approximately 1 hour 28 minutes. [center][img][/img] [i]Indeed. What did make her do it?[/i] [/center] Pete Walker's [i]Frightmare[/i] is the best work from him I've seen, and it's mediocre as all hell. I enjoyed myself - it's a film about a crazy elderly lady who lures people to her home under the guise of a psychic. She later drills into their skulls and eats parts of them. It'snot as graphic and fun as it sounds, but I found the premise enjoyable and interesting. Mostly meh, though. [b]**1/2 (out of ****) C+[/b] [i][b]Night of the Creeps[/b][/i] Starring: Jason Lively, Steve Marshall, Jill Whitlow, and Tom Atkins. Written and Directed by Fred Dekker. Rated [b]R[/b] (for strong violence and gore, some sexual content/nudity and language). Running time approximately 1 hour 28 minutes. [center][img][/img] [i]The good news: your date is here. The bad news: he's dead![/i] [/center] [i]Night of the Creeps[/i] is a complete and utter joy to watch. Much like the similarly titled [i]Night of the Comet[/i], it's joyously 80s, filled to the brim with hilariously quirky 80s dialogue, ridiculous people with ridiculous hair and bubble gum-popping whores with hefty busts. The film is also delightfully graphic and gore, and horror vet Tom Atkins creates the most wonderfully cynical and witty detective I've seen in many a flick. It's about zombies, much like the slugs in the lesser 2006 film [i]Slither[/i], who work as "puppet masters" to humans. Good show, kids! [b]***1/2 (out of ****) A-[/b] [i][b]Parents[/b][/i] Starring: Randy Quaid, Mary Beth Hurt, Sandy Dennis, and Bryan Madorsky. Directed by Bob Balaban. Written by Christopher Hawthorne. Rated [b]R[/b] (for disturbing images of violence and gore involving a child, and for some language and sexuality). Running time approximately 1 hour 21 minutes. [center][img][/img] [i]Hmph...looks like my mom & dad.[/i] [/center] The premise in Bob Balaban's [i]Parents[/i] is nothing new: ridiculously kitschy, 50s-style suburban couple are, under their facade, actually disgusting serial murderers. While the film works perhaps a bit more often than it doesn't, I found the scenes involving the young son of the icky parents quite unnecessary. They choose to show the child more in danger than anything else. I enjoyed the comedic elements - Mary Beth Hurt had similar success in Bob Balaban's [i]My Boyfriend's Back[/i] in 1993, which was also a much better attempt at dark humor - but mostly I found the film a bit too slow and morbid. Weird, huh? [b]** (out of ****) C[/b] [i][b]The Ruins[/b][/i] Starring: Jonathan Tucker, Jena Malone, Laura Ramsey, Shawn Ashmore, and Joe Anderson. Directed by Carter Smith. Written by Scott B. Smith. Rated [b]R[/b] (for strong violence and gruesome images, language, some sexuality and nudity). Running time approximately 1 hour 31 minutes. [center][img][/img] [i]Jolly, bloody good.[/i] [/center] [i]The Ruins[/i] surprised me. I wasn't expecting to care much for it, but I really and truly did enjoy it. It's a shocking, extremely gory and violent (and wonderfully well acted to boot) horror picture about an old Mayan ruin that hold in its guts a killer plant. I know. That sounds like ridiculous nonsense, and it is, but it works. Somehoe, it works, and very well. See it. Bloody good time at the movies, it is. [b]***1/2 (out of ****) B+[/b]

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