House Of Long Shadows is tremendous fun and was quite a change of direction for Walker. To get such a star-studded cast in clear tribute of their earlier work was wonderful. It's a really nice film, I just wonder why it hasn't been given a DVD release yet. It's got a big name cast and is the kind of film I'd have imagined would be perfect for the MGM Midnite Movies range.
So not much love for Schizo. Personally I think it's a great film and the ending took me by surprise. The Comeback is one of my most watched Walker films, it's not his best work by any stretch of the imagination but it's still a very entertaining film with a nice hag masked killer
. I wonder if the people who made the Canadian Slasher - Curtains - were inspired by that?
House Of Mortal Sin is a rollercoaster ride of a film. It was my first dose of Pete Walker back in the '90s when I found the Pre-Cert under its alternate title "The Confessional Murders". I wasn't that impressed though and didn't revisit until the box set came out. I couldn't believe how good it was then. Brilliantly written and directed and Anthony Sharp (who played the priest) was excellent. The ending as well was fantastic. I don't think either this or The Comeback are too long and have any tedium.
I didn't get to fully appreciate The Flesh And Blood Show until it was released by Shriek Show in 2006. I was unfortunate enough to miss out on the Satanica tape in the '90s (my local video store never stocked it) and then it never lowered in price so I bought a bootleg that had such a dark print that you could barely make out what was happening. I was expecting a blood bath but instead it opted for suspense and atmosphere and that's something I've come to appreciate more and more with each viewing. It's nowhere near as good as his later work with David McGillivray but for an early effort it wasn't half bad. The theatre, off season Brighton Pier, those mannequins and the use of darkness and mood really give it an edge.