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Film / The Flesh and Blood Show

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The Flesh and Blood Show is a 1972 British Slasher Movie distributed by Tigon British Film Productions. It concerns theatre actors being killed off at a secluded seaside theatre.

The film was released in DVD by Media Blasters under their Shriek Show imprint.

This film contains examples of:

  • And I Must Scream: The killer's first victims, seen in flashback, are Bound and Gagged and sealed inside a wall to starve.
  • Bi the Way:
    • Carol is dating Jane, and hooks up with Simon.
    • Angela is in a relationship with Simon and hooks up with Jane when her girlfriend cheats on her with him.
  • Big Bad: Sir Arnold Gates, AKA Major Bell, is the killer.
  • Closed Circle: Our victim pool are rehearsing a play at a closed-down theatre on the edge of a pier that's closed for the weekend.
  • Deliberately Monochrome: The flashback sequence explaining the killer's motives is in black-and-white, to indicate that it takes place in The '40s.
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  • Fanservice: All the female characters get naked at least once in the film.
  • Gory Deadly Overkill Title of Fatal Death
  • Hand of Death: The killer is identified by a pair of thick red gloves.
  • Knight Templar: The killer's motive is the fact that he considers actors and theatre as a whole to be promoters of filth and harlotry.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Carol, whom the trailer calls an exhibitionist, gets the greatest amount of nudity in the film.
  • Off with Her Head!: Angela is killed with the guillotine.
  • Police are Useless: The cops are at first convinced that the deaths are a prank, then that the only death our heroes can prove happened is an accident.
  • Shout-Out to Shakespeare: The killer reveals himself by quoting Othello.
  • Show Within a Show: Our victim pool are rehearsing for a play called The Flesh and Blood Show, which doesn't seem to have much of a plot, since the director focuses on improvising. It's revealed two thirds of the way in that the play doesn't actually exist, and was a setup by the killer to get victims.


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