Malatesta’s Carnival of Blood (1973)

35mm film, colour, 1.85:1
mono, English

An American horror film directed by Christopher Speeth. It was shown at the Sitges Fantastic and Terror Film Festival in Spain in October 1973 1Variety 31 October 1973 p.6. and was considered lost for many years until a print was discovered in 2003

Plot Summary

The Norris family start working at the run-down carnival run by the evil Malatesta. They are searching for son who went missing after visiting the carnival and discover that it's populated by vampires and cannibals.


Director: Christopher Speeth
© 1973 Windmill #1 Co.
Windmill Films presents
Executive Producers:
Produced by: Richard C. Grosser, Walker Stuart
Story: Werner Liepolt
Director of Photography: Norman Gaines
Sound: Hugh Little
Costumes: Joan Kleinbard
Make-up: James Lambert
Production Design: “Alley Friends”, Wud Strange, Ace Johnson, Lance Sims, Ruth Horwitz, Arreta Keefer, Sharon keefer, Steve Levine, Patti Stem, Tony Whitfield, Lucy Christopher and others

Janine Carazo (Vena)
Jerome Dempsey (Blood)
Daniel Dietrich (Malatesta)
Lenny Baker (Sonja)
Herve Villechaize (Bobo)
William Preston (Sticker)
Paul Hostetler (Mr Norris)
Betsy Henn (Mrs Norris)
Chris Thomas (Kit)
Paul Townsend (Johnny)
Tom Markus (Bean)
Sebastian Stuart (Lucky)
James Lambert (Winston)
Rebecca Stuart (leading ghoul)
Jim McCrane (Mr Davis)
Gloria Salmansohn (Mrs Davis)
Karen Salmansohn (Toby Davis)
Tom Dorff (state trooper)

Alternative Titles

Carnival of Blood
Malatesta's Carnival

Extracts included in
Crimson Speak (2016)
Malatesta's Underground (2016)
The Secrets of Malatesta (2016)

Includes extracts from
Das Cabinet des Dr Caligari (1920)
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923)
Nosferatu: Eine Symphonie des Grauens (1922)
The Phantom of the Opera (1925)



  • Variety 31 October 1973 p.6 – note (Sitges Horror Pix Fest Gives Awards)