- Rated: Unrated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 26 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: March 31, 2009
- Originally Released: 1973
- Label: Shriek Show
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
Performers, Cast and Crew:
In BARN OF THE NAKED DEAD, three female singers become prisoners of an insane would-be circus ringleader named Andre (Andrew Prine) after their car breaks down en route to Las Vegas. Andre chains them up in his barn along with the other women he's captured and "trains" them with a whip and a rifle. He also keeps a cougar and a boa constrictor in his menagerie. Meanwhile, his homicidal mutant father stalks the desert killing whatever he can, including any girl who tries to escape his son's demented clutches.
This low-budget exploitation flick was the second film from director Alan Rudolph (credited under the name Gerald Cormier), who would later go on to direct quirky critical favorites such as CHOOSE ME and TROUBLE IN MIND. While there is little evidence of his later work in this dark, perverse picture, it may satisfy those in a depraved frame of mind, though even they may be disappointed to learn that, despite the title, there is no nudity. Performances are generally good, however, particularly Prine's, and there's a nicely unnerving noise-rock score by Tommy Vig and even a theme song, "Evil Eyes," sung by Pamela Miller. Manuela Theiss, Sherry Alberoni, and Sheila Bromley play the three girls fighting to stay alive.
Description by Media Blasters:
Three beautiful young women are bound for Las Vegas to become showgirls. And it's not long before their car breaks down and they're stranded in the middle of the Nevada desert. After spending the night in their car, a man named Andre (Andrew Prine, SIMON: KING OF THE WITCHES, GRIZZLY) offers them a lift to his place and a tow truck. But the girls quickly learn there's more to Andre than meets the eye and they're soon taken prisoner, joining a slew of other women. Andre fancies himself a ringleader and these girls are trained and whipped like animals in a circus. Meanwhile, Andre's daddy is a hideous mutant locked in a shed, and one of his captives reminds him of his dead mommy. Escape seems hopeless at first but pretty young girls don't go missing without someone noticing.
Director Alan Rudolph went on to a major career in Hollywood as an assistant director for the legendary director Robert Altman (NASHVILLE) and has since become a respected director in his own right (MRS. PARKER AND THE VICIOUS CIRCLE). Also known as BARN OF THE NAKED DEAD, this DVD of TERROR CIRCUS is the first and only authorized release of this sleazy relic with a sparkling new transfer from original elements.
Misfortune arrives when three beautiful singers travel to Las Vegas to open a lounge act. Their decaying vehicle breaks down, leaving them trapped in the hot, desolate desert. A fine looking gentleman, Andre (Andrew Prine), happens along and agrees to provide a ride to the phone on his ranch so they may call for help. However, he has other ideas concerning the three fair maidens--plans that involve his nightmare circus....
- Director Alan Rudolph produced, co-wrote, and directed this film under the pseudonym Gerald Cormier, though various versions use this or his real name (or combinations thereof) in the credits.