Pete Walker (born 1939 in Brighton, Sussex) is an English film director, writer and producer, specialising in horror and sexploitation films, frequently combining the two.
His films include Die Screaming, Marianne, House of Mortal Sin, Frightmare, House of Whipcord, Schizo, The Comeback, and House of the Long Shadows.
His films often featured sadistic authority figures, such as priests or judges, punishing anyone – usually young women – who doesn’t conform to their strict personal moral codes, but he has denied there being any political subtext to his films. Because of the speed with which he had to make his films, Walker often used the same reliable actors, including Andrew Sachs and Sheila Keith, the latter playing memorable villainesses in four of Walker’s pictures.
Malcolm McLaren hired Walker to direct a documentary on The Sex Pistols entitled A Star Is Dead. Walker was an unlikely choice of director for this project and the deal fell through when the band… read more
The usual characteristics of early 70s' exploitation cinema abound; porno-level performances, trite dialogue, shaky camera-work, day-for-night shots and brazenly gratuitous nudity. However, while most of these films attempted to justify their transgressive provocations with social commentary (Last House..., I Spit..., Cannibal Holocaust, etc), Walker's film goes for a less characteristic meta-commentary. The violence becomes a performance enacted by the cast, to be viewed by a general audience. It's an interesting idea for a film of this nature, though not as successful in total as the much more intelligent and satirical Theatre of Blood.