The Criminal Acts Of Tod Slaughter: Eight Blood-And-Thunder Entertainments (US Limited Edition)

Type: New Blu-Ray


Release date: 21 November 2023
Limited Edition Blu-ray Box Set (World Blu-ray premieres)

The terrifying talents of Newcastle’s Norman Carter ‘Tod’ Slaughter – the first true icon of British horror cinema – are showcased in this long-overdue box set. Featuring the eight films which ‘Europe’s Horror Man’ made in collaboration with British producer-director George King (Tomorrow We Live), this comprehensive collection also includes a number of rare shorts and newsreel items.

Unlike his contemporaries, such as Boris Karloff and Charles Laughton, Tod Slaughter never left his native shores. Instead, he chose to make his mark in Britain by transferring his most sensational theatrical performances to the screen. Portraying every kind of cruel and cunning criminal – from petty thief to mass murderer – he became the first great villain of British horror, at a time before the Grand Guignol of Hammer Films began to take hold, without once donning monster make-up.

Criminally overlooked by film historians, and only previously seen in compromised versions, these fascinating films have been newly restored using original film materials preserved at the BFI National Archive, and are accompanied by an array of essential contextualising extras, including archival short films and radio plays presented with optional soundtracks by British music legends Current 93, newly recorded commentaries, critical appreciations and personal recollections, and a 120-page book. Strictly limited to 6,000 individually numbered units for the UK and US.


  • New 2K restorations of Maria Marten, or The Murder in the Red Barn, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, The Crimes of Stephen Hawke, It’s Never Too Late to Mend, The Ticket of Leave Man, and Crimes at the Dark House from 4K scans of original 35mm nitrate negative elements
  • 2K restoration of Sexton Blake and The Hooded Terror from a 4K scan of a 35mm dupe positive
  • Remaster of The Face at the Window from a 4K scan
  • Original mono soundtracks
  • Audio commentary with film historians Josephine Botting and Vic Pratt on Maria Marten, or The Murder in the Red Barn (2023)
  • Audio commentary with critics and authors Stephen Jones and Kim Newman on Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2023)
  • Audio commentary with critics and authors David McGillivray and Kim Newman on The Crimes of Stephen Hawke (2023)
  • Audio commentary with film historian Josephine Botting and podcaster Dave Thomas on The Ticket of Leave Man (2023)
  • Audio commentary with critics and authors Stephen Jones and Kim Newman on Sexton Blake and The Hooded Terror (2023)
  • Audio commentary with film historians Kevin Lyons and Jonathan Rigby on The Face at the Window (2023)
  • Audio commentary with film historians Kevin Lyons and Jonathan Rigby on Crimes at the Dark House (2023)
  • New interviews with Imogen Slaughter, great-niece of Tod Slaughter, and her father Giles, in which they discuss their famous relative’s life off stage and off camera (2023)
  • New interview with artist and illustrator Ania Goszczyńska and Current 93 channeller and trance scribbler David Tibet, in which the pair delve into their long-term obsession with the life and work of the first British villain (2023)
  • Stephen Thrower on Tod Slaughter (2023): the author and musician dissects the great actor’s multiple villainous incarnations
  • The Tod Slaughter Repertory Company (2023): video essay on the regular players from Slaughter’s feature films
  • Maria Marten and Sweeney Todd radio plays (1932): newly remastered from original 78 rpm shellac discs, these original recordings are presented with optional, newly recorded Current 93 scores
  • London After Dark (1926): first known film footage of Slaughter, captured on stage at the Elephant and Castle Theatre, presented with optional, newly recorded Current 93 score
  • Tod Slaughter at Home (1936): mock interview with Sweeney Todd, recorded for the Pathétone newsreel
  • Pots of Plots (1938): short film in which Slaughter, sitting at the make-up station in his dressing room, reprises three of his infamous villainous roles, including Sweeney Todd
  • Bothered by a Beard (1946): humorous short educational film which traces the history of shaving, featuring a scene in Sweeney Todd’s infamous barber shop
  • Puzzle Corner No. 14 (1954): Slaughter’s last appearance on camera, delivering a Sweeney Todd monologue
  • Image galleries: promotional and publicity material for all eight films
  • The Crimes of Stephen Hawke original treatment gallery
  • New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Limited edition exclusive 120-page book with new essays by Jean-Claude Michel, Ania Goszczyńska and David Tibet, Doug Young and Kip-Xool, excerpts from Slaughter’s unpublished memoirs, archival essays and reviews, and film credits
  • UK Blu-ray premiere of The Face at the Window 
  • World Blu-ray premieres of all remaining features and shorts
  • Limited edition box set of 6,000 numbered units for the UK and US

All extras subject to change