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Blood of Ghastly Horror1972

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A doctor implants a strange electronic brain component in a man's skull and a psychotic killer is born. A weird scientist brings a zombie to life and sets out to avenge the enemies of the psycho.

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Al Adamson is the king of recycling. He can take any film, cut it up, shoot new scenes, and piece it all back together again. Will it make any sense? No. But that's not the point, really. Frugality and sheer audacity are their own rewards.

All the flashback scenes in this film are from a caper film called Psycho-A-Go-Go (also available here on Fandor). That film is a plodding crime drama about a jewelry heist gone wrong. To those scenes, Adamson has incredulously added TWO mad doctor plot lines — one with John Carradine, the other with Kent Taylor. Ol' Johnny Caradine has created a killer with a mechanical brain (the Psycho from Psycho-A-Go-Go), and Kent Taylor is the psycho's dad who has created a zombie to exact his revenge.

Amazing.

The framing of all the scenes is ludicrous. None of the actors are actually framed properly...heads bob in and out as if the actors were shadowboxing the cameraman. Makes me wonder if Adamson shot in a wider aspect ratio and the finished product got trimmed down further. Close-up are also ridiculously close. As Groucho Marx would say, "Any closer, and I'd be in back of ya!" The faces of the actors utterly fill the frame. Perhaps Adamson was aware of the shoddiness of his sets and hoped to hide them behind huge faces? Who knows. I can't imagine seeing this flick at the drive-in. Those ugly mugs would be overpowering to the senses. They'd certainly make it hard to keep your popcorn and hot dog down.

Nothing about this movie makes a lick of sense...but, dammit, if it isn't entertaining in a strange way.

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Al Adamson is the king of recycling. He can take any film, cut it up, shoot new scenes, and piece it all back together again. Will it make any sense? No. But that's not the point, really. Frugality and sheer audacity are their own rewards.

All the flashback scenes in this film are from a caper film called Psycho-A-Go-Go (also available here on Fandor). That film is a plodding crime drama about a jewelry heist gone wrong. To those scenes, Adamson has incredulously added TWO mad doctor plot lines — one with John Carradine, the other with Kent Taylor. Ol' Johnny Caradine has created a killer with a mechanical brain (the Psycho from Psycho-A-Go-Go), and Kent Taylor is the psycho's dad who has created a zombie to exact his revenge.

Amazing.

The framing of all the scenes is ludicrous. None of the actors are actually framed properly...heads bob in and out as if the actors were shadowboxing the cameraman. Makes me wonder if Adamson shot in a wider aspect ratio and the finished product got trimmed down further. Close-up are also ridiculously close. As Groucho Marx would say, "Any closer, and I'd be in back of ya!" The faces of the actors utterly fill the frame. Perhaps Adamson was aware of the shoddiness of his sets and hoped to hide them behind huge faces? Who knows. I can't imagine seeing this flick at the drive-in. Those ugly mugs would be overpowering to the senses. They'd certainly make it hard to keep your popcorn and hot dog down.

Nothing about this movie makes a lick of sense...but, dammit, if it isn't entertaining in a strange way.

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This had the key elements of a B-movie I usually love (cheese, hokey music, bad acting, etc.) but ultimately it was just too slow paced for me. I nearly fell asleep several times.