Decrepit roadside carnival is operated by an odd assortment of vampires,
ghouls, zombies, and Hervé de Villachaize who feed on those brave enough to
visit their creepy circus.
Considered a lost film for almost thirty years, Malatesta’s
Carnival prints had all disappeared following initial distribution in the
Southern Drive-In Circuit. Interest in many of the stars, especially Hervé de
Villachaize, has kept interest in the film alive. Malatesta was never a
'feel-good' Hollywood type horror film. None of the people on the side
of good survive. Made during the Nixon administration, it was considered a
little evil parable of that period in our Nation. A few months ago a single
print was discovered in an attic. It was taken to the American Zoetrope Studios
for mastering to DVD. Other footage was also found from the censored version
which was denied distribution by the Motion Picture Association of America. Some
of this footage is included as outtakes on the DVD version.
- NTSC Region 1
- Digitally Remastered