The Flesh and Blood Show
There’s an overabundance of flesh but nary a drop of blood in the 1972 British slasher "The Flesh and Blood Show," now out on Blu-ray for the first time. Coming on the heels of Pete Walker’s much superior "Frightmare," his tribute to Agatha Christie mysteries doesn’t come close to resembling one.
After a dance troupe is called to perform at the long shut down Grand Guignol theater, the actors and dancers start inexplicably getting bumped off one by one. It seems the madman might be a former member of the "Othello" acting production and is back to seek revenge on anyone who enters the theater.
And yes, that is actually Australian actor Tristan Rogers (Scorpio from "General Hospital") in the hammy role of Tony the actor, who strips to his skivvies in the film but, sadly, nothing more. The same can’t be said for the majority of the actresses in "The Flesh and Blood Show," all of whom flash their boobs for no apparent reason other than to show them; they’d be more appropriate in Pete Walker’s previous sex comedy films.
Speaking of Walker, his interview called "Flesh, Blood, and Censorship" details his feelings on the film, including his distaste for it and thinking it’s his least favorite work. This reviewer agrees, and if that wasn’t reason enough to avoid "The Flesh and Blood Show" Blu-ray, a 3-D sequence is included as part of the special features. The Blu-ray includes no 3-D glasses with which to watch the anaglyph infamous scene... boo! A stereoscopic version can only be watched via a 3-D television.
Originally rated X, "The Flesh and Blood Show" is geared to Pete Walker film fans, whoever you may be.
"The Flesh and Blood Show"