The Barn of the Naked Dead


The Barn of the Naked Dead (aka  Nightmare Circus or Terror Circus) is a 1974 film directed by Alan Rudolph and written by him and Roman Valenti. Rudolph now tends to leave the film off his CV.

Three showgirls head to Las Vegas for work when their car breaks down. Andre (Andrew Prine) offers to help them and takes them to his place where he keeps women confined in chains and makes them perform circus tricks in his barn. His father, who has become a homicidal mutant because of the homestead’s proximity to a nuclear power plant, lives next to them in a shed…


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“Though there isn’t much in the way of blatant skin or gore to be found here, fans of degenerate ’70s horror should still enjoy the antics of the always watchable Prine, a busy cult favorite who specialized in oddball horror films like The Centerfold Girls, Simon – King of the Witches, Grizzly, and The Town that Dreaded Sundown.”
Nathaniel Thompson, Mondo Digital


“I did like the look of the movie and the music. It looked a whole lot like Texas Chain Saw Massacre ’74. The whole aesthetic was very similar, so it had that going for it. The music and sound effects were pretty damn creepy as well. But really, when the story goes nowhere, ends abruptly and there is no real action, it just isn’t enough.”
Greg Baty, Cinesploitation

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Categories: 1970s, insanity, maniac, mutant, rural horror

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