The Pete Walker Collection, Vol. 2 [5 Discs] [Blu-ray]

A collection of films by British director Pete Walker, the king of sleazo sex horror. Five discs include The Flesh and Blood Show, about a group of actors roped into a Grand Guignol-style farce that turns too real, House of Mortal Sin, about a misogynistic priest who abuses the women in his flock, Frightmare, about a cannibal killer couple trying to adjust to farm life after being released from prison, Man of Violence, about chasing loot in an Arab country, The Big Switch, about a one-night stand that leaves a man vulnerable to extortion, and Home Before Midnight, about a chance encounter romance that's hiding a big secret. Special features include interviews with and commentary tracks by Pete Walker, as well as a profile of scream queen Sheila Keith.
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Overview

Special Features

  • The Flesh and Blood Show: "Flesh, blood and Censorship," an interview with Pete Walker (All Pete Walker interviews produced and directed by Elijah Drenner)
  • Frightmare
  • "For the Sake of Cannibalism," an interview with Pete Walker
  • Audio commentary by Pete Walker and DP Peter Jessop, conducted by writer Steve Chibnall
  • "Sheila Keith: A nice old lady?" a profile of the late actress
  • House of Mortal Sin
  • "An eye for terror," an interview with Pete Walker
  • Audio commentary by Pete Walker
  • Home Before Midnight
  • "Promiscuous behavior," an interview with Pete Walker
  • Bonus disc
  • "Man of Action,"an interview with Pete Walker

Synopsis

Frightmare
This ghoulishly fun Grand Guignol horror piece from director Pete Walker features a tour-de-force performance by Sheila Keith as Dorothy Yates, who was committed to a mental hospital in 1957 for a series of cannibal-killings along with her devoted husband Edmund (Rupert Davies). They are judged sane and released 18 years later, whereupon they take up residence at an old farm. Edmund's daughter Jackie lives in the city, where she tries to take care of her wild sister Debbie (Kim Butcher), visiting only occasionally and not suspecting a thing. It isn't until Jackie's new psychiatrist boyfriend Graham (Paul Greenwood) starts poking around that she learns the truth. The truth is that Dorothy, far from cured, is drawing people to her home -- through classified ads promising Tarot readings -- and murdering them with metal pokers, electric drills and pitchforks. Not only that, but young Debbie turns out to be a chip off the old butcher-block herself, leading to a gory and harrowing finale. Sheila Keith is outstanding as the crazed Dorothy, and Davies is similarly terrific in a low-key turn as her doting husband, turning a blind eye to his beloved's homicidal lunacy until it is far too late to stop it. A creepy, entertaining bloodbath, Frightmare is highly recommended for horror fans. This 1974 film was rereleased on video in the U.S. during the early 80s and named 'Frightmare II' to advertise it as the sequel to an unrelated film, the 1983 Frightmare directed by Norman Thaddeus Vane. ~ Robert Firsching, Rovi

The Confessional
British sleaze artist Pete Walker applies his characteristic sleazy, ultra-violent touch to this audacious, Catholic-bashing tale. A deranged, sex-mad priest (Anthony Sharpe) exploits the sanctity of his office as a means of harassing young women who confide their sins in his confessional, recording their confessions in order to blackmail them into doing his vile bidding. Eventually, evidence of these transgressions reaches other members of his parish (including his mother), prompting him to bump them off in creative ways, utilizing the trappings of his profession -- strangulation by rosary, arsenic-laced communion wafers, bludgeoning by incense burner, etc. Much criticism has been leveled against this film for its unabashed attacks on Catholicism, but it's really Walker's trademark amoral approach to filmmaking that elicits a strong urge to take a hot bath after viewing. ~ Cavett Binion, Rovi

The Flesh and Blood Show
This sick little horror film from British gore/exploitation director Pete Walker finds a group of actors summoned by an anonymous producer to take part in a gruesome Grand Guignol play being staged at an isolated resort, only to find that their characters' elaborately staged theatrical deaths are designed to do them in for real. It is revealed that their unseen benefactor is a former stage performer, driven psychotic after catching another actor in bed with his wife, who now seeks symbolic retribution against all actors for their immoral behavior. Though not quite as sleazy as some of Walker's later work, this is still fairly gruesome stuff. The same theme gets vastly superior treatment in the following year's Theatre of Blood, featuring a tour-de-force performance from Vincent Price. ~ Cavett Binion, Rovi

Man of Violence
Moon (Michael Latimer) is the mercenary hired to steal 90 million dollars in gold from an Arab country decimated by political chaos. Sex, violence and mayhem accompany the group of double-crossing heavies who covet the purloined loot. Burgess (George Belbin) is the crook who poses as a cop, and Nixon (Derek Aylward) is the criminal who poses as a policeman. A bevy of females willingly submit to seduction, and a sadistic homosexual murderer trails Moon and his malevolent gang for the gold in this uneven crime drama. ~ Dan Pavlides, Rovi

The Big Switch
In this crime drama, a playboy gambler has a passionate one-night stand with a beautiful woman. During the night, he briefly leaves and when he returns, finds her dead. Not wanting his name in the papers, the man tries to avoid the police. He soon finds himself victimized by extortionists, headed by his own boss and the girl, who only feigned death. They try to force him into breaking a notorious crimelord out of prison, but he is not so easily swayed. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi

Home Before Midnight
A love affair turns dangerous when a young man discovers his girl has been hiding something from him in this drama, a change of pace for British horror man Pete Walker. Ginny (Alison Elliott) and her best friend Carol (Debbie Linden) are hitchhiking one day when a truck driver picks them up. The trucker takes a shine to Carol, and after a visit to a coffee shop, Ginny is left thumbing a ride on her own. Mike (James Aubrey), who saw Ginny while getting some coffee, gives her a lift and offers to take her out to dinner. Initially wary, Ginny accepts, and within a few days the two are dating steadily. Mike is a songwriter who writes commercial jingles and works with a successful pop group called Bad Accident, while Ginny is a student looking towards a career in fashion design. After spending a few nights together, all seems to be well with the new couple, until Mike learns pretty Ginny's secret -- while she looks to be 19 or 20, she's actually only 14 years old. Mike tries to call off their relationship, but he and Ginny are too attracted to one another to stay away, and they cautiously continue to see one another until Ginny's parents (Mark Burns and Juliet Harmer) become aware of the sexual nature of their relationship. Ginny's father contacts the police, and under the pressure of interrogation Ginny tells the authorities that Mike forced her to be intimate with him; while Mike was prepared to be charged with having sex with a minor, he becomes distraught when he learns Ginny has also accused him of rape. Home Before Midnight also features Chris Jagger (Mick Jagger's brother) as a member of Bad Accident. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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