Sweeny Todd is one busy barber: He slits his customer's throats, cuts off rubber hands, screws and strangles a singer in a cheapo music hall, and has an affair with Maggie Lovett, who sells meat pies made of Sweeny's victims.
As the advetising says: "Their Prim Cuts were curiously erotic...but thoroughly brutal!" No kidding.
A blinking pervert is charged extra for pies with "the parts he wants," and a gabby housewife finds a surprise tit in one of hers. All in a strangely underpopulated 19th century London played, none too convincingly, by Staten Island.
Sex, gore, incessant dialogue, awful cinematography, and a big scary drag queen. In other words, an Andy Milligan film. This used to play 42nd Street quite often (usually with Milligan's Torture Dungeon
) where it would numb unruly audiences into stupefied silence.
Who'd ever think Stephen Sondheim would make a musical out of this? -- Frank Henenlotter
Annabella WoodOther cast:
Berwick KalerDirected by: