Blood Suckers/Blood Thirst [DVD]

Something Weird Video releases another pair of forgotten drive-in classics on this DVD, this time two films which actually made the rounds together as a double feature in the early '70s. Bloodsuckers is an erotic vampire tale that reflects its period with charming psychedelic touches; the black-and-white Filipino feature Blood Thirst mixes the horror and private eye genres with suitably tawdry results. As is par for the course with Something Weird reissues, the fidelity of image isn't pristine, though the sound and picture are above average for their library (consisting mainly of obscure exploitation features, it's a wonder that even tattered prints of the films they deal with still exist). The disc also includes a pair of stupefying short subjects: an abridged version of Horny Vampire, a mildly pornographic horror-comedy filmed by cult favorite Ray Dennis Steckler about a Jewish vampire who looks for love on the Las Vegas strip, and Midsummer Nightmare, an ancient nudie reel that shows a haggard old witch turn herself into a beautiful showgirl and then indulge in some desultory stripteasing. Neither will be edifying for anyone aside from completists. There's a handful of great trailers for vampiric double features of the past and nostalgic drive-in advertisements for concession stand treats and promotional schemes. As with other Something Weird DVDs, the viewer can choose the option of watching the films, trailers and ads in sequence to replicate a night out at the drive-in, and they include a collection of ad mats for similar blood-curdling features. While Something Weird has dug up wilder, more exotic documents for public consumption, fans of vampire films should be entertained by the atypical blood guzzlers on display in these otherwise unavailable films.
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Overview

Special Features

  • Digitally remastered
  • Original theatrical combo trailer
  • Theatrical combo trailers for "The Crawling Thing"; "Creature of Evil"; "Devil Woman"; "Dragons Never Die"; "The Embalmer"; "The She Beast"; "Night of the Witches"; "Dr. Frankenstein on Campus"; "Orgy of the Living Dead"
  • Theatrical featurette: "The Horny Vampire"
  • Archival short subject: "Midsummer Nightmare"
  • "Let's Go to the Drive-In" interactive feature allowing uninterrupted playback of over three hours worth of blood-curling drive-in madness
  • Classic drive-in intermission shorts
  • Gallery of drive-in exploitation art with drive-in intermission announcements

Synopsis

Bloodsuckers
This badly-dated but interesting variant on the vampire subgenre is loosely based on the Simon Raven novel Doctors Wear Scarlet. The story details the seduction of an Oxford resident (Patrick Mower) into a satanic vampire society while studying in Greece. The chief twist here is that vampirism is treated not as a supernatural affliction, but as a bizarre form of sexual gratification -- an alternative lifestyle in which Mower is soon immersed, thanks to the manipulations of an exotic Greek siren. After some silly scenes featuring a lot of groovin' hippie orgies and silly psychedelic lighting effects, Mower returns to England to continue his sanguinary obsession in earnest, focusing his bloodthirsty desires on his prudish fiancee -- who is not so willing to embrace this new lifestyle. Despite the aforementioned painful attempts at hipness, this film shapes up to be an effective thriller -- perhaps the first to put a psychological spin on the vampire pantheon. Peter Cushing and Patrick Macnee are on hand in very small but effective supporting roles. Released also under the more "trendy" title Incense for the Damned. ~ Cavett Binion, Rovi

Blood Thirst
In the city of Manila, a baffling spree of terrible murders has the police force stumped. Beautiful young girls are found drained of blood through small incisions in their wrists, so Captain Miguel (Vic Diaz) calls for his American friend Adam Rourke (Robert Winston) to come to the Philippines and help solve the case. Rourke is an expert on sex crimes with an irreverent attitude toward his work, something that causes friction with Miguel's sister Sylvia (Katherine Henryk). Since several of the victims were employed at the Barrio Club, their investigation starts there with Rourke going undercover as a magazine writer. Mr. Calderon (Vic Silayan), the club owner, is suspicious of Rourke's request for an "interview," but promises to think it over. When hired killers start trailing Rourke, he knows he's on the right track, though the body count keeps rising and a break in the case is elusive. Meanwhile, Sylvia is falling for Rourke against her better judgment, so she gets a job at the Barrio Club in an attempt to search for clues and make sure he stays safe. A mysterious belly dancer (Yvonne Nielson) offers Rourke some valuable information, though discovering the secret of these horrible killings might lead to his destruction. At the same time, Sylvia is captured by the ghoul, a hideous monster with a mangled visage. ~ Fred Beldin, Rovi

Cast & Crew

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    Alexander Davion - Tony Seymour
  • Imogen Hassall
    Imogen Hassall - Chriseis Constandindi
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    Madeline Hinde - Penelope
  • David Lodge
    David Lodge - Colonel
  • Patrick Macnee
    Patrick Macnee - Maj. Derek Longbow
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