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The Flesh and Blood Show - The Horror Films of Pete Walker [7 X Blu-ray]
 

Die Screaming, Marianne (1971)     The Flesh and Blood Show (1972)

House of Whipcord (1974)     Frightmare (1974)     House of Mortal Sin (1976)

Schizo (1977)     The Comeback (1978)

 

 

Celebrated as the ‘Godfather of British Horror’, Pete Walker is one of the most controversial exploitation filmmakers of the ‘60s and ‘70s. Graduating from saucy sex comedies and gangland dramas, Walker finally found tabloid infamy making gore-splattered horror movies (or “terror movies” as he preferred to call them). His first X-rated thriller Die Screaming, Marianne shocked audiences, and subsequent films like House of Whipcord established his reputation for sadistic and bloody horror, cementing his status as the biggest cult British filmmaker of his generation.
Now for the very first time, Walker’s seventies’ horror movies are collected on Blu-ray in this terrifying new box-set, starring a host of famous faces: Robin Askwith (Horror Hospital), Stephanie Beacham (Inseminoid), Ann Michelle (Virgin Witch), Susan Penhaligon (The Uncanny), Luan Peter (Hammer’s Lust for a Vampire) and his favourite actress, and omnipresent ‘scary old lady’, Sheila Keith.

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Theatrical Release: August 13th, 1971 - June 16th, 1978

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Distribution 88 Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray
Runtime Die Screaming, Marianne (1971): 1:40:42.036
The Flesh and Blood Show (1972): 1:36:05.759
House of Whipcord (1974): 1:42:22.135
Frightmare (1974): 1:26:34.814
House of Mortal Sin (1976): 1:44:28.178
Schizo (1977): 1:49:14.339
The Comeback (1978): 1:40:20.931  
Video

Die Screaming, Marianne (1971)

1.66:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 41,221,031,562 bytes

Feature: 34,484,419,968 bytes

Video Bitrate: 39.64 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

The Flesh and Blood Show (1972)

1.66:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 37,670,718,272 bytes

Feature: 29,549,322,240 bytes

Video Bitrate: 35.99 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

House of Whipcord (1974)

1.66:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 49,095,356,073 bytes

Feature: 33,429,851,520 bytes

Video Bitrate: 37.60 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Frightmare (1974)

1.66:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 32,997,435,502 bytes

Feature: 30,313,442,880 bytes

Video Bitrate: 39.78 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

House of Mortal Sin (1976)

1.85:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 43,040,050,371 bytes

Feature: 36,345,916,800 bytes

Video Bitrate: 39.51 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Schizo (1977)

1.85:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 37,541,901,906 bytes

Feature: 35,119,580,736 bytes

Video Bitrate: 37.79 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

The Comeback (1978)

1.85:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 40,533,127,580 bytes

Feature: 34,386,785,856 bytes

Video Bitrate: 31.93 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate Sample Blu-ray:

Audio

LPCM Audio English 2304 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
Commentaries:

DTS Audio English 768 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit

Subtitles English (SDH), None
Features Release Information:
Studio:
88 Films

 

Edition Details:

Blu-ray 1 - Die Screaming, Marianne (1971)

• Audio Commentary with Film Critic Samm Deighan
• Audio commentary with director/producer Pete Walker, and English Gothic Author Jonathan Rigby (2006)
• Tales of Terror - An Interview with Director Pete Walker (6:50)
• Norman Langley on Die Screaming, Marianne (12:40)
• Original Trailer (3:23)
Reversible cover with new art by Sean Longmore

Blu-ray 2 - The Flesh and Blood Show (1972)

• Audio Commentary with Author Jonathan Rigby and Critic Kevin Lyons
• Audio Commentary by director/producer Pete Walker, and "English Gothic" author Jonathan Rigby (2006)
• The Flesh Show - An Interview with Actor Stewart Bevin (3:58)
• The Blood Show - An Interview with 3rd assistant Director Terry Madden (9:57)
• Original Trailer (3:42)
• Radio Spot (0:55)
Reversible cover with new art by Sean Longmore

Blu-ray 3 - House of Whipcord (1974)

• Audio Commentary with Film Critics Kim Newman and Barry Forshaw and Writer David McGillivray
• Audio commentary with director / producer / co-writer Pete Walker, and director of photography Peter Jessop; moderated by biographer Professor Steven Chibnall (2006)
• Courting Controversy - An Insider’s View of the Films of Pete Walker - 2023 Version (36:46)
• House of Walker - Interview with Director Pete Walker (11:23)
• Return to the House of Whipcord (11:51)
• Sheila Keith - A Nice Old Lady? - 2023 Version (13:43)
• Original Trailer (2:36)
Reversible cover with new art by Sean Longmore

Blu-ray 4 - Frightmare (1974)

• Audio Commentary with Film Critics Kim Newman and Barry Forshaw and Writer David McGillivray
• Audio Commentary with British Horror Experts Nathaniel Thompson and Troy Howarth
• Audio Commentary with director / producer / co-writer Pete Walker, and director of photography Peter Jessop; moderated by biographer Professor Steven Chibnall (2006)
• Editor Robert Dearberg on Frightmare (7:37)
• Original Trailer (1:16)
Reversible cover with new art by Sean Longmore

Blu-ray 5 - House of Mortal Sin (1976)

• Audio Commentary with Film Critics Kim Newman and Barry Forshaw and Writer David McGillivray
• Audio Commentary with Film Critic Samm Deighan
• Audio commentary with Pete Walker and moderator Jonathan Rigby (2006)
• Symphony of Horror - Interview with Director Pete Walker (7:22)
• Actor Confessionals - Interview with Actors Norman Eshlen and Stewart Bevan (14:32)
Reversible cover with new art by Sean Longmore

Blu-ray 6 - Schizo (1977)

• Audio Commentary with Film Critics Kim Newman and Barry Forshaw and Writer David McGillivray
• Ask Mr Walker - Interview with Director Pete Walker (12:50)
Reversible cover with new art by Sean Longmore

Blu-ray 7 - The Comeback (1978)

• Audio Commentary with Film Critics Kim Newman and Barry Forshaw and Writer David McGillivray
• Audio Commentary by director/producer Pete Walker, and "English Gothic" author Jonathan Rigby (2006)
• Walker’s Women - Interview with Director Pete Walker (11:34)
• The Making of The Comeback (7:30)
• Original Trailer (2:10)
Reversible cover with new art by Sean Longmore


Blu-ray
Release Date: June 17th, 2024
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NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

ADDITION: 88 Films Blu-ray (June 2024): 88 Films have transferred seven 1970's Pete Walker horror films to one 'Heritage Collection' seven Blu-ray boxset; 1971's Die Screaming, Marianne, 1972's The Flesh and Blood Show, House of Whipcord made in 1974, Frightmare from the same year, 1976's House of Mortal Sin, 1977's Schizo and The Comeback from 1978. We have reviewed a lot of Pete Walker's films on DVDBeaver including the 2016 Kino Blu-ray of For Men Only and School For Sex, the 2024 88 Films Blu-ray of The Big Switch + Man of Violence, we compared the 2013 Redemption Blu-ray to the 2017 Screenbound Blu-ray of Die Screaming, Marianne, Redemption's Pete Walker Collection, Vol. 2 of The Flesh and Blood Show, the 2008 Shriek Show (Media Blasters) DVD of House of Whipcord, the 2014 Redemption Blu-ray of Frightmare, Redemption's Pete Walker Collection, Vol. 2 of House of Mortal Sin, the 2023 88 Films Blu-ray of Home Before Midnight and the 2015 Kino Blu-ray of House of the Long Shadows. Individually, Die Screaming, Marianne, is cited as being from a "Brand NEW 2K Remaster from the Original Camera Negative" - with The Flesh and Blood Show as "Restored HD Master with the 3D Sequence Presented in both Anaglyph 3D (2 Pairs of Glasses Included) and in 2D" - and House of Whipcord from a "Brand NEW 2K Remaster from the Original Camera Negative" - and House of Mortal Sin is cited as "Brand NEW 2K Remaster from the Original Camera Negative". We've made comparison captures where we can below. Generally the newer 88 Films transfer - all dual-layered with max'ed out bitrates, range from mildly superior to noticeably improved with less damage superior contrast and marginally sharper. There is definite improvement here as well as often showing more information in the frame on all four sides.

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On their Blu-ray, 88 Films use linear PCM 2.0 channel tracks (24-bit) in the original English language. Each film has screams and aggressive effects that are more enhanced by the visuals and the dramatic, jolting, music cues. There is some potent bass response. The score for Die Screaming, Marianne and The Flesh and Blood Show is credited to British conductor, songwriter and composer Cyril Ornadel (Walker's Man of Violence, The Flesh and Blood Show) and for the rest of the five films by Stanley Myers (The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, Nightmare at Noon, The Wilby ConspiracyEureka, Cimino's The Deer Hunter, Roeg's Insignificance, Harold Becker's The Boost, etc.) Audio appears fairly tight and without flaws via the lossless transfer. I heard no untoward issues. 88 Films offer optional English (SDH) subtitles on their Region 'B' Blu-rays.

The 88 Films Blu-rays vault over all previous editions with an extensive array of fourteen commentaries! There are two on 1971's Die Screaming, Marianne; new from critic Samm Deighan (co-author of Revolution in 35mm: Political Violence and Resistance in Cinema from the Arthouse to the Grindhouse, 1969-1990) and another, from 2006, with director/producer Pete Walker, and Jonathan Rigby (author English Gothic: A Century Of Horror Cinema.) For 1972's The Flesh and Blood Show there are also two commentaries; Rigby (again) and critic Kevin Lyons (The Encyclopedia of Fantastic Film and Television) and the 2006 one another with Walker and Rigby. There are two more audio commentaries House of Whipcord - firstly with Kim Newman (author of "Moriarty: The Hound of the D'Urbervilles",) Barry Forshaw (author of "British Crime Film", "British Gothic Cinema")., Barry Forshaw and writer David McGillivray (Doing Rude Things: The History of the British Sex Film) and a second with director / producer / co-writer Pete Walker, and director of photography Peter Jessop (The Avengers TV series); moderated by biographer Professor Steven Chibnall (Making Mischief: The Cult Films of Pete Walker) from 2006. Frightmare also has two commentaries; by Newman, Forshaw and McGillivray and a second by Nathaniel Thompson (DVD Delirium: The International Guide to Weird and Wonderful Films) and Troy Howarth (Splintered Visions: Lucio Fulci and His Films.) 1976's House of Mortal Sin has three commentaries; Newman, Forshaw and McGillivray - the second with Samm Deighan and the third, from 2006, with Walker and Rigby. Schizo has a commentary by Newman, Forshaw and McGillivray. The Comeback has two commentaries by Newman, Forshaw and McGillivray and the second from 2006, with Walker and Rigby. I've sampled many of the commentaries - these participants are experts and I anticipate healthy discussion and informative observations. There are also a five new interviews with 84-year old director Pete Walker (titles like 'Walker’s Women', 'Symphony of Horror' - about the music 'House of Walker' 'Ask Mr Walker' where he answers fan's questions etc.), which run, in total about 3/4 of an hour. There are interview with cinematographer Norman G. Langley (Jekyll and Hyde) who has worked on House of the Long Shadows, Die Screaming Marianne and Man of Violence. There are other interviews with actor Stewart Bevin (House of Mortal Sin), 3rd assistant Director Terry Madden (Home Before Midnight, Alfie Darling), editor Robert Dearberg on Frightmare, 'Actor Confessionals' with Norman Eshley (House of Mortal Sin) and Bevan plus a video piece on Scottish character actress Sheila Keith, a "Return to the House of Whipcord" featurette, a "Making of The Comeback" and others. Courting Controversy - An Insider’s View of the Films of Pete Walker is a 37-minute updated (2023) version of Jake West's 2005 documentary about British horror filmmaker Pete Walker, who discusses at length his films Die Screaming Marianne (1971), House of Whipcord (1974), Frightmare (1974), and The Confessional (House of Mortal Sin) with input from Peter Jessop, David McGillivray, Susan Penhaligon, Paul Greenwood, Graham Duff, Steven Chibnall, Jonathan Rigby and Stephen Thrower. There are some original trailers, radio spots, and each Blu-ray has a reversible cover with new art by Sean Longmore.

88 Films seven Blu-ray package of "The Flesh and Blood Show - The Horror Films of Pete Walker" is the best set of the director's 70's film production to date. The more highly rated movies are House of Whipcord, Frightmare and House of Mortal Sin but I am also a fan of Die Screaming, Marianne (still love Susan George.) and The Flesh and Blood Show with Luan Peters who some may remember from the Fawlty Towers episode "The Psychiatrist" where she played Raylene Miles, an Australian tourist. There are frequent villains (or villainesses) in Walker oeuvre, often more exploitive nudity than gnarly gore, and his films have some intriguing subtexts often dealing with authority figures (politics), obsessions and revenge. Controversial? not so much nowadays. The bottom line of his work is that it is both entertaining and never really boring. He controls pace well and keeps suspense as a prominent factor of the viewing. His films have a different charisma from Gothic Hammer horrors. but there is still a nostalgic appeal often circling 70's Britain. I'm highly pleased with 88 Films Blu-ray package with 14 commentaries! and many other interviews and extras. I also love the new covers by Sean Longmore. Walker fans should definitely indulge - this is an impressively stacked package. Strongly recommended to those interested. 

Gary Tooze

 


Menus / Extras

 

Die Screaming, Marianne (1971)

 

The Flesh and Blood Show (1972)

House of Whipcord (1974)

Frightmare (1974)

House of Mortal Sin (1976)

Schizo (1977)

The Comeback (1978)


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The first horror film from notorious British director Pete Walker, this is a brutal but rather pedestrian pulp thriller about a fetching young go-go dancer (Susan George, in her first starring role) who is stalked in and around an isolated house by ruthless assassins determined to prevent her from reaching her 21st birthday. It seems Marianne is in line for a sizable inheritance from the man she claims is her father -- a crooked magistrate whose career is threatened by her very existence. As if that weren't enough, knowledge of the girl's newfound wealth inspires a team of would-be kidnappers who show up at the villa to beef up the body count. Fans of Walker's blood-drenched thrillers might detect a glimmer of burgeoning talent here, but the suspense is hampered by a clunky script and silly dialogue, and the lovely Susan George is probably just warming up for the following year's Straw Dogs. Also known as Die Beautiful, Marianne.

 

 


1) Redemption (2013)  Region 'A' - Blu-ray - TOP

2) 88 Films (2024) - Region 'B' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 


1) Screenbound (2017)  Region 'B' - Blu-ray - TOP

2) 88 Films (2024) - Region 'B' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 


 

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. The story takes its cue from Agatha Christie's venerable Ten Little Indians - a group of strangers are invited to a remote locale, where they fall prey to an unseen assassin. While Walker's subsequent horror pictures tended to phase out the carnal aspect, his background in sexploitation is abundantly evident here - softcore groping and plentiful nudity dominate the first half of the picture, and there is plenty of mayhem.

 

 

 


1) Redemption (Pete Walker Collection Vol. 2)  Region 'A' - Blu-ray - TOP

2) 88 Films (2024) - Region 'B' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 


1) Redemption (Pete Walker Collection Vol. 2)  Region 'A' - Blu-ray - TOP

2) 88 Films (2024) - Region 'B' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


3D Sequence as seen in 2D

 

1) Redemption (Pete Walker Collection Vol. 2)  Region 'A' - Blu-ray - TOP

2) 88 Films (2024) - Region 'B' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 


Damage on Region "A"

 

1) Redemption (Pete Walker Collection Vol. 2)  Region 'A' - Blu-ray - TOP

2) 88 Films (2024) - Region 'B' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 


 

 

An above average sexploitation/horror that has been put together with some polish and care from a fairly original script. The film is dedicated ironically to all those who wish to see the return of capital punishment in Britain, and it's about a senile old judge and his wife who are so appalled by current permissiveness that they set up a gruesome house of correction for young girls. The only trouble is that the film undercuts its potentially interesting Gothic theme by some leering emphases, and the final result is likely to be seen and appreciated only by the people who will take the dedication at its face value.

 

 

 


1) Shriek Show (Media Blasters) - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP

2) 88 Films (2024) - Region 'B' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 


1) Shriek Show (Media Blasters) - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP

2) 88 Films (2024) - Region 'B' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 


 

 

With Frightmare following on House of Whipcord, David McGillivray's scriptwriting is undoubtedly having a marked effect on Walker's exploitation pictures. Where he used to settle for routine plots, his films now teem with demonic life, plus vicious and genuinely disturbing shock effects. Frightmare is about a psychopathic mum (Keith) who has the nasty habit of going at her victims with an electric drill before devouring them raw. It is far better written and acted than you might expect, and Walker's direction is on another level altogether from Cool It Carol! or The Flesh and Blood Show. The problem is that there is absolutely no exposition or analysis, no flexibility about the theme; still contained within a basic formula, it tends to leave a highly unpleasant aftertaste.

 

 

 


1) Redemption (Pete Walker Collection Vol. 2)  Region 'A' - Blu-ray - TOP

2) 88 Films (2024) - Region 'B' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 


1) Shriek Show (Media Blasters) - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP

2) 88 Films (2024) - Region 'B' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 


 

 

Jenny, (Susan Penhaligon) a troubled young girl, seeks help at her local church. Unfortunately for her, the frustrated priest Father Meldrum (Anthony Sharp) she confesses to, becomes obsessed with her. He begins to stalk her, however as his increasingly unhinged mindset continues to unravel, it becomes obvious he will stop at nothing, including blackmail and murder, just to get close to Jenny.

 

 


1) Redemption (Pete Walker Collection Vol. 2)  Region 'A' - Blu-ray - TOP

2) 88 Films (2024) - Region 'B' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 


1) Redemption (Pete Walker Collection Vol. 2)  Region 'A' - Blu-ray - TOP

2) 88 Films (2024) - Region 'B' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 


 

 

A little girl watches helplessly as she is the sole witness to her mother's murder. Years later, that little girl has grown into the beautiful skating star Samantha Gray (Lynne Frederick). But after her wedding announcement is published in the local newspaper, a man who becomes more and more obsessed with her begins turning up everywhere she goes. Samantha's fear mounts as one by one her friends are murdered, and she becomes convinced that the stalker is no stranger! This suspenseful horror thriller was one of the early slasher films, rich with gore, an intriguing story, scenes reminiscent of Psycho and a twist ending considered so frightening that squeamish theater patrons were promised free smelling salts if they fainted.

 

 


 

 


 

 


 

 

Seeking a little peace and quiet to write some new songs, a washed-up American singer ("The Love Boat" theme crooner Jack Jones) moves into a secluded English house. But his mind isn't on a new romance when he's contacted by his ex-wife's ghost, whose clues about her murder lead Jones to a confrontation with the killer. Offbeat chiller also stars Pamela Stephenson (Superman III, "Saturday Night Live"), David Doyle ("Charlie's Angels"), Holly Palance (The Omen). Also known as "The Day the Screaming Stopped" and "Encore").

 

 


 

 


 

 


 


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Die Screaming, Marianne (1971)

 

The Flesh and Blood Show (1972)

House of Whipcord (1974)

Frightmare (1974)

House of Mortal Sin (1976)

Schizo (1977)

The Comeback (1978)

 

 
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