Barn Of The Naked Dead (1974)

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Alan Rudolph Alan Rudolph
Andrew Prine Andrew Prine
Manuela Thiess Manuela Thiess
Sherry Alberoni Sherry Alberoni
Gyl Roland Gyl Roland
Sheila Bromley Sheila Bromley

3.8 / 10 - Overall Rating

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Genres: Horror, Slasher Film
Three showgirls on their way to Las Vegas have car trouble and are stuck all night out in the desert. The next morning cheerful Andre offers them help in fixing their car. However, Andre is really a maniac with a lot of family problems; his mother ran out on him when he was a child so now he keeps kidnapped women chained up in his barn and trains them to perform circus tricks. Andre's father is still around of course, but because the old homestead is next to a nuclear test site he has been transformed into a raving homicidal mutant that Andre keeps locked up in a shed. --IMDb
Review by Christopher
Added: October 03, 2009
Three showgirls are on their way to Las Vegas to start performing in the big city. Their car breaks down in the desert and are stuck in the middle of nowhere. The only resident in the area stumbles upon them and offers his services. When the four of them return to his home, the girls become curious about his barn. They find close to a dozen girls chained up and close to death. The three quickly become part of the soiree. Turns out Andre runs a circus and is assembling the largest human performing act. He thinks of them as wild animals and since he captured them that he owns them. Now he tries to train them to perform death defying circus tricks. One of the girls in the barn was studying radioactivity and heard about nuclear testing in the desert. There was a man near the area that was heavily mutated by one of the blasts. It was Andre's brother, whom he also keeps locked up in a small shed and feeds him the girls when they misbehave.

Plenty of barn in the film, not so much naked or dead folks though. There was one nude scene mid way into the film that had less than five of the girls sensually bathing one another while Andre sat in the corner and watched with an intensely painful look on his face. Considering they were being held against their will and tortured, seeing them help each other clean their backs with a smile was simply odd. He really only tortured the dozen girls one time. He had them walk a circle around his twenty foot high post as he made them exercise. "Lift your arms up. Do what I tell you! Put your arms down. Do what I tell you!" All while whipping them with his traditional bull whip. The rest was was him feeding them and reminding them that he owns them. The girls didn't seem to mind as none of them put up a fight or told him to go screw himself.

Unknown to Andre was the three latest girls he picked up were showgirls. Their agent ends up getting worried about them when they never make it to Las Vegas and goes hunting for them. The guy couldn't have acted more relaxed during his hunt for them. He gets pulled over by a cop and after he starts writing a ticket, the agent politely asks to file a missing persons report. Not to mention he stops at the local diner for some grub. Three girls are missing and he is well aware that no one else is looking for them or even knows who they are. Lucky for the girls is that if they manage to escape and decide to get something to eat, they'll find their hero eating an egg salad sandwich. He could have been a little more panicked is all I'm trying to say.

So this traveling circus that Andre has. Well just like all circuses, he has some caged animals to show off. That's right, this isn't some one show act. He has a cougar and a horse! He will baste whatever girl he isn't fond of that day in pigs blood and tell them to run away. As they begin their run, he lets the cougar out of its cage and feeds itself. The horse was only seen one time in the background so I think that may have been a mistake. Andre also dressed himself up in a ringmaster's costume once just to show that he's legit. No circus tent was ever to be seen. His only mode of transportation was a jeep. A girl in the film earlier asked her man to take her to the circus since it was in town. That gave me the impression that it was an all out circus. But with one man running it and a cougar that I guess just sat in his cage and growled, it must not have hit too many other cities.

Quite a few people got killed by the end of the film. It was all cut scenes though. For example, Andre's mutated brother would start roaming around and find two guys shooting off their guns. You'd see a burnt up hand reaching for the face of one of the men. Then his pal would be shown screaming. Now the first guy is bleeding from his face with his hand gone and an empty glove about a foot away. It was like that whenever someone was offed. Did the brother eat the guys or just likes to kill for the sake of killing? Perhaps both? Given the outcome looked way better than I was expecting, which kind of made up for not being able to see what happened. You get a shot of Andre's brother one time and he looks like someone to a flame thrower to the wolfman. As goofy as it sounds, it didn't look all that bad. I was expecting an orgy of boobs through out the whole film and got something completely different. Not completely unwatchable, but I would have lived if I never saw it.

Final Conclusion: 4/10.
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