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Horror of the Blood Monsters1970

  • 2.7
Cinematic recycling doesn't come any more gloriously cheesy than this 1970 Al Adamson drive-in wonder. The director (of DRACULA VS. FRANKENSTEIN and SATAN'S SADISTS fame) and his producer Sam Sherman purchased rights to a caveman fantasy feature from the Philippines that had decent dinosaurs and other useful special effects. The trouble was that it starred Filipinos and was filmed in black-and-white. So the duo shot new footage with John Carradine, Robert Dix and other Hollywood types as crew of a spaceship sent from Earth to stop a "vampire virus" that could destroy humankind. They discover its source on a faraway planet... whose residents they observe look a whole lot like Filipinos in skimpy loincloths and such, forever running away from warring rival prehistoric tribes and hungry monsters. To blend with the new color sequences, Adamson and company. tinted the imported scenes different solid hues (all-blue, all-red and so forth) in what they loftily dubbed the "Spectrum-X" process. It was basically like watching a black-and-white movie while holding a piece of colored cellophane before your eyes. This crazy horror/science fiction whatsit was released (and re-released) under many different titles and advertised with such feverish slogans as "Screaming Horror in a Frightened Blood Filled Nightmare of Terror!" (Yes, apparently a nightmare can be frightened by itself. Or was it the blood that was frightened?) It is an unholy mess that is hard not to love. - Dennis Harvey

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When I want to watch a bad movie, I want it to be BAAAD, and "Horror of the Blood Monsters" delivers the goods. This Psychotronic Monsterpiece is front-loaded with recycled footage from at least a half-dozen other movies to create a cinematic Smash-Up Derby of vampires, spacemen, dinosaurs, Filipino cavemen, mutant batboys, scuba-lobsters, awkward future sex, and the legendary Vasquez Rocks (what, no Gorn?) all processed and tinted to make the action look like everything is taking place in a dirty fish tank. Genius! Ed Wood got the glory; Al Adamson got stuffed under his bathroom floor. Is that fair?

Trivia: a celebrated, award-winning cinematographer worked on this movie, but I won't mention his name. I think he'd prefer it that way.

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When I want to watch a bad movie, I want it to be BAAAD, and "Horror of the Blood Monsters" delivers the goods. This Psychotronic Monsterpiece is front-loaded with recycled footage from at least a half-dozen other movies to create a cinematic Smash-Up Derby of vampires, spacemen, dinosaurs, Filipino cavemen, mutant batboys, scuba-lobsters, awkward future sex, and the legendary Vasquez Rocks (what, no Gorn?) all processed and tinted to make the action look like everything is taking place in a dirty fish tank. Genius! Ed Wood got the glory; Al Adamson got stuffed under his bathroom floor. Is that fair?

Trivia: a celebrated, award-winning cinematographer worked on this movie, but I won't mention his name. I think he'd prefer it that way.

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What a piece of work. I love the imagination necessary to cobble together different movies into a semi-coherent whole. I'd love to see the original Philippines' film...It looked pretty good...and pretty violent. Gotta love the "bat people" swooping down from the roof of the cave!

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I originally saw this in 1972. We kids thought we were going to see a scary triple feature -- THREE HORROR HITS!. Little did we know it was going to be an Al Adamson film festival.

I'm surprised this wasn't done by Cinematic Titanic. It practically riffs itself! Gloriously cheesy, except for the places where it really drags. Eddy Wood would have kept things going at a quick pace. I love how you can kill the Snake People:

"What are you doing?"

"Oh, I'm just strangling the snake. Oh, that came out all wrong!"

Except for the draggy bits, a real hoot.

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Psychotronic subversion download drags your suspension of disbelief into an alley and kicks the crap out of it.

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Gruesome and goopy this movie is exactly what would have caused me as a young child, to creep past my sleeping parents and down the stairs in order to watch this on the late late late show. How can you be disappointed.

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It is just as bad as you'd hope this would be. An American Classic.

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This movie is bad. Not even good-bad. Just bad. I almost fell asleep. And that is rare for me.