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02 July 2024

88 Films brings the curtain up on THE FLESH AND BLOOD SHOW - THE HORROR FILMS OF PETE WALKER (review)

After dabbling in sex films - above and below the counter - and crimes films, independent producer/director Pete Walker found his footing in seventies British horror at a time when he had few other contemporaries.  

In DIE SCREAMING, MARIANNE, Susan George is a young heiress on the run from her corrupt judge father and mad half-sister and surrounded by people she cannot trust.  In THE FLESH AND BLOOD SHOW, several young actors are hired to put on a new, provocative show in a disused theater at the end of a pier and start dropping dead one-by-one.  In HOUSE OF WHIPCORD, a young French model finds herself trapped in the private prison of a blind judge, his mad wife, and their twisted son.  

In FRIGHTMARE, a young woman tries to contain the murderous and cannibalistic urges of her stepmother, not knowing that she has been claiming victims behind her back.  In THE HOUSE OF MORTAL SIN, a young woman becomes the target of a twisted priest obsessed with saving her from sin to the extent of killing everyone around her.  

In SCHIZO, an ice skater believes that her mother's murderer is stalking her.  Everyone else believes it is all in her head, but then they start dropping dead.  Finally, in THE COMEBACK, an American singer retreats the the English country house to work on his comeback album but the things that go bump in the night driving him towards a nervous breakdown start claiming lives.

REVIEW LINK: 88 Films (UK) Region B Blu-ray (DVDCompare)

THE FLESH AND BLOOD SHOW - THE HORROR FILMS OF PETE WALKER Blu-ray specs: 

  • Disc One - Die Screaming, Marianne:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.66:1 Widescreen 
    • English LPCM 2.0 Mono 
    • Optional English SDH Subtitles 
    • Audio Commentary by film critic Samm Deighan 
    • Audio Commentary by director/producer Pete Walker, moderated by "English Gothic" author Jonathan Rigby 
    • "Tales of Terror" interview with director Pete Walker 
    • "Norman Langley on DIE SCREAMING, MARIANNE" cinematographer interview 
    • Theatrical Trailer
  • Disc Two - The Flesh and Blood Show:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.66:1 Widescreen (2D or 3D climax viewing options) 
    • English LPCM 2.0 Mono 
    • Optional English SDH Subtitles 
    • Audio Commentary by author Jonathan Rigby and critic Kevin Lyons 
    • "The Flesh Show" interview with actor Stewart Bevin 
    • "The Blood Show" interview with 3rd assistant director Terry Madden 
    • Theatrical Trailer 
    • Radio Spot
  • Disc Three - House of Whipcord:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.66:1 Widescreen 
    • English LPCM 2.0 Mono 
    • Optional English SDH Subtitles 
    • Audio Commentary by screenwriter David McGillivray, moderated by film critics Kim Newman and Barry Forshaw 
    • Audio Commentary by director/producer/co-writer Pete Walker and director of photography Peter Jessop, moderated by biographer Professor Steven Chibnall 
    • "Courting Controversy - An Insider's View of the Films of Pete Walker" 2023 version of 2005 documentary 
    • "House of Walker" interview with director Pete Walker 
    • "Return to the HOUSE OF WHIPCORD" location visit with owner Andy Jones 
    • "Sheila Keith - A Nice Old Lady?" 2023 version of 2004 featurette 
    • Theatrical Trailer
  • Disc Four - Frightmare:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.66:1 Widescreen 
    • English LPCM 2.0 Mono 
    • Optional English SDH Subtitles 
    • Audio Commentary by screenwriter David McGillivray, moderated by film critics Kim Newman and Barry Forshaw 
    • Audio Commentary by British horror experts Nathaniel Thompson and Troy Howarth 
    • Audio Commentary by director/producer/co-writer Pete Walker and director of photography Peter Jessop, moderated by biographer Professor Steven Chibnall 
    • "Editor Robert Dearberg on FRIGHTMARE" interview 
    • Theatrical Trailer
  • Disc Five - House of Mortal Sin:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.66:1 Widescreen 
    • English LPCM 2.0 Mono 
    • Optional English SDH Subtitles 
    • Audio Commentary by screenwriter David McGillivray, moderated by film critics Kim Newman and Barry Forshaw 
    • Audio Commentary by film critic Samm Deighan 
    • Audio Commentary by director Pete Walker, moderated by film historian Jonathan Rigby 
    • "Symphony of Horror" interview with director Pete Walker 
    • "Actor Confessionals" interview with actors Norman Eshley and Stewart Bevan
  • Disc Six - Schizo:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 Widescreen 
    • English LPCM 2.0 Mono 
    • Optional English SDH Subtitles 
    • Audio Commentary by screenwriter David McGillivray, moderated by film critics Kim Newman and Barry Forshaw 
    • "Ask Mr Walker" interview with director Pete Walker
  • Disc Seven - The Comeback:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 Widescreen 
    • English LPCM 2.0 Mono 
    • Optional English SDH Subtitles 
    • Audio Commentary by screenwriter David McGillivray, moderated by film critics Kim Newman and Barry Forshaw 
    • Audio Commentary by director/producer Pete Walker, moderated by "English Gothic" author Jonathan Rigby 
    • "Walker's Women" interview with director Pete Walker 
    • "The Making of THE COMEBACK" 
    • Theatrical Trailer
  • Seven keep cases - each with reversible cover art - housed in a rigid slipcase with artwork by Sean Longmore with a 56-page perfectbound book featuring essays by Simon Sheridan, Barry Forshaw and Jon Towlson, as well as eight collectible original artwork postcards, and two pairs of anaglyph 3D glasses.

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