The Flesh and Blood Show (Asylum of the Insane) (1972)
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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.
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.
[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]http://i63.photobucket.com/albums/h159/NuBz86/fleshblood.jpg[/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]http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f309/thomasjarvis/Frightmare1.jpg[/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]http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc190/2bigpig/nightofthecreeps29.jpg[/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]http://i63.photobucket.com/albums/h159/NuBz86/parents.jpg[/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]http://i63.photobucket.com/albums/h159/NuBz86/ruins.jpg[/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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