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Dreary early Pete Walker horror,
This review is from: The Flesh And Blood Show  [DVD] (DVD)
Director Pete Walker's cult status rests mainly on the trio of marvellous satirical horror films he made in the mid-70s with screenwriter David McGillivray - House of Whipcord, Frightmare and House of Mortal Sin. The Flesh and Blood Show is one of his earlier stabs at the genre, and isn't a patch on those. Probably the best thing about the film is its wonderfully gloomy out-of-season pier setting. Sadly, there's not much else to be said for it. The plot: Young members of an experimental drama group rehearsing at the pier are being offed one by one by a mysterious killer. I won't spoil the who and why, but it makes so little sense and is so tortuously revealed that the whole thing becomes a chore.
Confusingly, though there's an announcement abut the film's 3D scene at the beginning, in the film itself on this DVD it's just in black and white. You can watch it as a bonus feature though, as long as you have your own 3D glasses, Odeon not having stumped up for any. It's no great shakes, though, consisting mainly of Patrick Barr shouting and gesturing (why people would want to see that in the miracle of three dimensions is anybod's guess, and it seems to go on forever), and the 3D itself is pretty underwhelming too.
It's all rather a disappointment, and only really worth paying out for if you're a Pete Walker or Britsploitation completist.