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British Horror Quadruple Feature (Frightmare / House of Whipcord / The Flesh & Blood Show / Die Screaming Marianne)

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The Flesh and Blood Show -A group of trendy young actors and actresses assemble at a run-down theatre at the end of a pier in an out-of-season British coastal resort. Hired by the mysterious Theatre Group 40 to put together the improvisation revue, The Flesh and Blood Show, the actors are soon at the mercy of a madman who begins working his way through their number. Die Screaming Marianne -With the death of her mother, Marianne (Susan George) stands to inherit a rather substantial family fortune as soon as she turns 21. Not only is there a vast sum of money involved, there are also certain incriminating documents that her father, a corrupt judge, does not want getting out. Frightmare -After spending 18 years in an institution, suburban mother Dorothy Yates is released, apparently cured of her cannibalistic urges. Yet her bloodlust proves to be too much to resist and it appears it may even be hereditary! House of Whipcord -When a young model gets a mere slap on the wrist for public nudity, she has an encounter with the mysterious (but not so mysteriously named) Mark E. DeSade. He whisks her away to his family's country estate, which turns out to be a house of corrections for young women run by Mark's malevolent mum.

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  • Format: Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: MBL
  • Run Time: 375 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0012R1R16
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #210,039 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J. B. Hoyos VINE VOICE on August 14, 2008
What do the films in this box set have in common? They were all directed by British Goremeister Pete Walker. Each film is a nightmare brought to life by Walker's magnificent direction. They all involve the following elements: abuse and corruption of authority, sexual perversion, and insane families. All of the female leads, or victims, are involved in the entertainment industry, i.e.,. dancing, modeling, acting, and make-up artistry. Pete Walker doesn't believe in happy endings. His films often end on a downbeat note.

This collection, depending on where you bought it, cost less than a single DVD. It is definitely worth the purchase, especially if you haven't seen "Frightmare" or "The House of Whipcord." The former is a true horror classic and the gem of this collection. Consider "Die Screaming Marianne" and "The Flesh and Blood Show" as bonuses.

Each film has is own merits. However, only "Frightmare" and "House of Whipcord" are worth repeated viewings. I will quickly review each film in the order in which it was released.

"Die Screaming Marianne" - Released in 1970. My Rating: 2 Stars. A young dancer is on the run from a family that wants to kill her. But first, they must obtain from her the number of a Swiss bank account that has a lot of money along with incriminating documents. Slow moving psychosexual drama with not much suspense or mystery. The ending does not have enough bang to justify the long wait.

"The Flesh and Blood Show" - Released in 1972. My Rating: 3 stars. Both a slasher flick and a mystery in the vein of an Italian giallo. Aspiring actors/actresses are lured to an abandoned theatre where they are murdered. Slow moving but has a nice twist ending.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Michael R Gates VINE VOICE on December 8, 2008
For fans of horror cinema of the 1970s, auteur Pete Walker is sort of the British version of America's Roger Corman. Or more accurately, he's a hybrid of Corman and Herschell Gordon Lewis, as in his films there is often a combination of Corman's low-budget and camp sensibilities and Lewis' copious use of stage blood and female skin. And this combination has, of course, endeared Walker to generations of horror fans.

This "British Horror Quadruple Feature" from Shriek Show (aka Media Blasters) offers four of Walker's films from the early 1970s:

In FRIGHTMARE (1974), arguably one of Pete Walker's best films, the Western concept of family is skewed in a dark, dismal narrative that inexorably spirals towards an inevitable downbeat ending. By modern standards, it's not too high on the gore scale, but it is downright chilling nonetheless.

When Edmund Yates (Rupert Davies) and his wife, Dorothy (Sheila Keith), are convicted of committing unspeakable acts of murder and cannibalism, a judge sentences them to a psychiatric institution, where they are to remain until it is proven that they are no longer a danger to others. Shift 15 years into the future (and to color film), and the couple has been declared sane and released. Not wanting any publicity or undue stress, they live a reclusive life in the country, and only Edmund's daughter from a previous marriage, Jackie, knows who and where they are. Even the daughter that Edmund and Dorothy procreated together--Debbie, now 15 years old--has been led to believe that her parents died just after she was born.

Lately, Debbie has been hanging around with violent delinquents and having run-ins with the law. Is she in any way responsible for the bartender that went missing soon after she and her friends visited the pub?
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mark A. Miller on January 24, 2009
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This is a top-notch presentation of four Pete Walker DVDs, with informative, entertaining commentary from Walker on three of the disks and a good on-camera interview on the fourth. For me, unfortunately, 46 minutes into FRIGHTMARE, the audio and video broke up for the rest of the film. (I tested it on three DVD players, each player a different brand.) Amazon does not allow the flexibility to return just one DVD of the boxed set, so I had to return the entire boxed set and received -- free -- a replacement boxed set. (I do appreciate Amazon's quick service in replacing defective products.) Unfortunately, the replacement FRIGHTMARE disk has the identical defect. So my fear is that there is an entire lot of defective FRIGHTMARE disks out there, and it may be a waste of time to keep sending back the entire boxed set for a replacement. So beware. You may be getting only three good DVDs for your money.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bindy Sue Frønkünschtein TOP 1000 REVIEWER on March 15, 2010
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This Pete Walker collection goes from great to terrible. FRIGHTMARE is a 5-star cannibal insanity classic! HOUSE OF WHIPCORD is also good. If you like torture / women-in-prison / survival, then this is a hallmark! DIE SCREAMING MARIANNE is so-so, w/ a dragging story leading up to a halfway decent finale. THE FLESH AND BLOOD SHOW is a wretchedly boring tale of hippies and the occasional death. Awful! Well, there you go. Worth owning...
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