This early film version of the "Sweeney Todd" story stars Tod Slaughter, Britain's preeminent horror star. Unfortunately, Slaughter's performances were very theatrical, summoning laughs rather than gasps with their histrionics (though for some strange reason, a plethora of his work is
readily available on home video). The story concerns the famed crazed barber, who slits the throats of his wealthier customers, then dumps them in the basement via a trap door under his barber chair. Then he robs the corpses of their valuables and turns them into meat pies to be sold in the
next-door bakery. Loosely based on the real-life mass murders committed by Fritz Haarmann and C...