Unrated | | Comedy, Horror
Sardu, master of the Theatre of the Macabre, and his assistant Ralphus run a show in which, under the guise of 'magic', they torture and murder people in front of their audience. But what the spectators see as a trick is actually real.
The character of "Creasy Silo" is a send-up of then theater critic Clive Barnes. "Tom Maverick" is a tip of the hat to quarterback Joe Namath and "Natasha di Natalie" is based on then prominent ballet star Natalia Makarova.
Is she dead, master?
Master Sardu: Not quite.
Ralphus: If she died, no new show.
Master Sardu: I know, idiot.
During a conversation between Natasha and Tom - where he is in the bed and she is standing at a mirror - the sequence is made up of shots of Natalie at the mirror with Tom reflected in it. And shots of Tom on the bed. Tom swaps from one side of the bed to the other between shots. This was obviously done deliberately to keep Tom consistently on the left of the screen but it would have been less obvious if he didn't change his position in relation to the pile of books behind his head.