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THE BLACK ABBOT
(1961) see Der Schwarze Abt

THE BLACK CASTLE (1952/Universal) 80mins. BW. US.
Credits: Dir: Nathan Juran; Prod: William Alland; Sc: Jerry Sackheim; Ph: Irving Glassberg; Ed: Russell Schoengarth; Art: Bernard Herzbrun & Alfrec Sweeny; Mus: Joseph Gershenson.
Cast: Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney Jnr., Richard Greene, Paula Corday, Stephen McNally, Michael Pate, John Hoyt, Mara Corday, Nancy Valentine, Tudor Owen, Harry Cording, Otto Waldis.
"Terror stalks its turreted battlements...And horror crawls the catacombs beneath!"
An eighteenth century knight, (Greene), avenges the deaths of two of his friends killed at the whim of a sadistic Viennese Count, (McNally), during a hunt. The knight breaks into the Count's castle and discovers a series of labyrinths and torture chambers. Infiltrating the Count's court. the knight falls in love with the Count's unhappy wife, (Corday), but they are thrown into the dungeons when his identity is discovered. A doctor, (Karloff), administers a special leaf to the lovers that makes them appear dead. They are almost buried alive when their plot to escape is discovered.
A gothic, but unfortunately slow moving remake of The Most Dangerous Game that features a moat filled with alligators and an atmosphere not unlike a Sinbad movie.

THE BLACK CAT (1966/Hemisphere/Falcon International) 77mins. BW.
Credits: Dir. & Sc: Harold Hoffman; Prod: Patrick Sims; Ph: Walter Schenk; Ed: Charles Schelling; Sfx: Manuel De Aumente; Art: Robert Dracub.
Cast: Robert Frost, Robyn Baker, Scotty McKay, Sadie French, George R. Russell.
A man thinks his father has been reincarnated as a cat, so he gouges out it's eye and eventually kills it before killing his wife and walling her up in the cellar.
Although this is very gory, it is actually closer to Poe's story than earlier Black Cat films.

THE BLACK CAT (1968) see Kuroneko

BLACK CAT MANSION (1958/Shin Toho) 69mins. BW. (with a colour sequence) Japan.
Aka: BOREI KAIBYO YASHIKI.
Credits: Dir: Nobuo Nakagawa; Sc: Yoshihiro Ishikawa & Jiro Fujishima; Ph: Tadashi Nishimoto.
Cast: Toshio Nosokawa, Midori Chikuma, Fujie Satsuki, Shin Shibata, Keinosuke Wada, Ryuzburo Nakamura, Fumiko Miyata.
A ghost orders his cat to stalk his murderer.

BLACK CHRISTMAS (1963) see Tre Volti Della Paura

THE BLACK CROWN (1950) see Le Corona Negra

THE BLACK DEVILS OF KALI (1956) see Mystery of the Black Jungle

BLACK FOREST (1954/Princess) 63mins. BW. US.
Credits: Dir. & Prod: Gene Martel; Sc: Joe Liss & Irve Tunick; Ph: Erich Claunick.
Cast: Akim Tamiroff, Peggy Ann Garner, Gordon Howard, Wolf Buettner, Marianne Wischmann.
Baron von Moribund, (Tamiroff), is a hunter who enjoys tracking human prey. He sadistacally enjoys tormenting his alcoholic mistress, (Garner), and the power he holds over his gamekeeper, (Buettner), and the gamekeeper's daughter, (Wischmann). When a young American army officer falls for the gamekeeper's daughter, the Count convinces the girl's father to kill the man, but at the last minute the gamekeeper refuses and is summarily shot by the Count. Now increasingly insane, the Count becomes a victim of one of his own man-traps.
A very set-bound and talky retelling of The Most Dangerous Game.

THE BLACK HARVEST OF COUNTESS DRACULA (1970) see La Noche de Walpurgis

THE BLACK PIT OF DOCTOR M (1959) see Misterious del Ultratumba

THE BLACK RIDER (1954/Butcher's/Balblair) BW. UK.
Credits: Dir: Wolf Rilla; Prod. & Sc: A.R. Rawlinson; Geoffrey Faithful; Ed: John Trumper; Art: John Stoll; Mus: Wilfred Burns.
Cast: Jimmy Hanley, Rona Anderson, Leslie Dwyer, Lionel Jeffries, Beatrice Varley, Michael Golden, Valerie Hanson, Vincent Ball, Edwin Richfield, Kenneth Connor, Robert Rietty.
In the small coastal resort of Swanhaven, a villager, (Connor), claims he has seen the ghost of the legendary Black Monk, but in reality smugglers, (led by Jeffiries), are using the spectral appearances at the eerie castle as a cover for their activities. A local motorcycle club and a reporter, (Hanley), foil the smugglers' plans.
A pleasing British quota quickie, crime caper. The ghostly elements are soon discarded for a simple "Boys Own" adventure yarn.

BLACK SABBATH (1963) see Tre Volti Della Paura

THE BLACK SCORPION (1957/Warner/Amex Prod.) 87mins. BW. US. Released 1959.
Credits: Dir: Edward Ludwig; Prod: Frank Melford & Jack Dietz; Sc: David Duncan & Robert Blees; Ph: Lionel Lindon; Ed: Richard Van Enger; Art: Edward Fitzgerald; Sfx: Willis O'Brien & Peter Peterson; Mus: Paul Sawtell & Bert Shefter. From a story by Paul Yawitz.
Cast: Richard Denning, Mara Corday, Carlos Rivas, Mario Navarro, Carlos Muzquiz, Pascual Pena, Fanny Schiller, Pedro Galvan, Arture Martinez.
"Don't be ashamed to scream...It helps to relieve the tension!"
A geologist named Hank, (Denning), discovers a nest of giant-sized, man eating scorpions after a volcanic eruption. The army is called in to wipe out the monsters and Hank uses explosives to seal the cave, but the scorpions manage to find another way out and attack a train and it's passengers. Meanwhile a larger specimen heads towards Mexico City where the army lure it to a bull ring with a truck load of beef enabling them to harpoon the creature with an electrified spear.
A poor monster film shot in Mexico, with excellent animated scorpions, but spoilt by dark photography. The scene of the scorpion nest is genuinely creepy and features the animated spider that was cut from King Kong, and a worm with claws.
This was Willis O'Brien's last completed project, he died five years later in 1962.

THE BLACK SLEEP (1956/Bel-Air/Prospect Prod./UA.) 81mins. BW. US.
Aka: DR. CADMAN'S SECRET.
Credits: Dir: Reginald Le Borg; Prod: Howard W. Koch; Ex.Prod: Aubrey Schenck; Sc. John C. Higgins; Ph: Gordon Avil; Ed: John F. Schreyer; Ph.Fx: Jack Rabin & Louis Dewitt; Mu: Volpe & George Bau; Sets: Bob Kinoshita; Mus: Les Baxter. From a story by Gerald Drayson Adams.
Cast: Basil Rathbone, Akim Tamiroff, Lon Chaney Jnr., Bela Lugosi, John Carradine, Herbert Rudley, Patricia Blake, Phyllis Stanley, Tor Johnson, Sally Yarnell, Claire Carleton, George Sawaya, John Sheffield, Louanna Gardner.
"Horror beyond belief...Rising from the depths of a black Hell!"
Dr. Joel Cadman, (Rathbone), uses Nind Andhera a strange Eastern drug to induce a death-like state on his colleague Ramsey who is about to be hanged for murder. Taking possession of Ramsey's "body", Cadman reawakens and forces him to help discover a way to save his wife from a fatal brain tumour. Cadman operates on several people's brains while Ramsey discovers that the strange servants and patients in Cadman's home are all results of the doctor's experiments, including the mute butler, (Lugosi), a marauding strangler named Mungo, (Chaney), and the man that Ramsey was supposed to have murdered.
A satisfying homage to the gothic horrors of the forties. Although the ageing stars had very little to do, their presence saves the film from mediocrity.
74 year old Lugosi in his last completed film asked Le Borg for dialogue, but although some footage was shot it was cut for plot purposes. Lugosi died in August the same year.
Released in 1963 as DR. CADMAN'S SECRET.

BLACK SUNDAY (1960) see La Maschera del Demonio

THE BLACK TORMENT (1964/Compton/Tekli) 85mins. UK.
Aka: ESTATE OF INSANITY.
Credits: Dir. & Prod: Robert Hartford Davies; Sc: Donald Ford & Derek Ford; Ph: Peter Newbrook; Ed: Alistair McIntyre; Art: Alan Harris; Mus: Robert Richards.
Cast: John Turner, Ann Lynn, Raymond Huntley, Peter Arne, Joseph Tomelty, Annette Whiteley, Heather Sears, Roger Croucher, Derek Newark, Norman Bird, Francis De Wolff, Patrick Troughton, Edina Ronay, Charles Houston, Cathy McDonald.
"What was the deadly power that desired and devoured the women of Fordyke?"
A nobleman of 1780 marries soon after his first wife commits suicide. However the first wife's jealous sister is using the nobleman's twin brother to drive him insane by having him pretend to be the nobleman and create odd events that will bring on his collapse and be accused of witchcraft.
A fair ghost story until it is all explained away.

THE BLACK ZOO (1962/Allied Artists/Cohen) 88mins. US.
Credits: Dir: Robert Gordon; Prod: Herman Cohen; Sc: Aben Kandel & Herman Cohen; Ph: Floyd Crosby; Ed: Michael Luciano; Art: William Glasgow; Sfx: Pat Dinga; Mus: Paul Dunlap.
Cast: Michael Gough, Warrance Ott, Jeanne Cooper, Marianna Hill, Rod Lauren, Virginia Grey, Oren Curtis, Jerome Cowan, Elisha Cook Jnr., Edward Platt.
"Fang and claw killers stalk the city streets!"
"Bone and body, muscle, sinew. Now we know the spirit is in you!" - Gough
An insane zoo owner, (Gough), has the power over his animals to make them kill for him. He so loves his assorted creatures that he even plays the organ for them, but they eventually rebel and slay him.
An uninteresting and badly made film with only occasional moments to remember.

BLACKBEARD'S GHOST (1968/Disney) 105mins. US.
Cast: Peter Ustinov, Dean Jones, Suzanne Pleshette, Elsa Lanchester, Joby Baker, Richard Deacon.
Blackbeard, (Ustinov), the pirate is destined to walk the earth until he can perform a good deed, so he tries to stop gangsters from turning his descendant's, (Jones), hotel into a casino.
Disney family fun with a plot stolen from The Canterville Ghost.

THE BLANCHEVILLE MONSTER (1963/Llama/Columbus) 88mins. Italy/Spain.
Aka: HORROR.
Credits: Dir: Alberto de Martino; Prod: Alberto Aguilera; Sc: Bruno Corbucci, Giovanni Grimaldi & Natividad Zaro; Ph: Ale Jandro Ulloa; Art: Antonio Simont; Mus: Carlo Franci. Based loosely on story by Edgar Allan Poe.
Cast: Gérard Tichy, Joan Hills, Leo Anchoriz, Richard Davis, Iran Eory, Helga Line, Frank Moran.
An insane Englishman has buried his daughter alive.
An atmospheric and gothic melodrama combining murder, madness and a family curse.

BLIND MANS BLUFF (1968) see Cauldron of Blood

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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THE BLOB
(1958/Tonylyn Prod./Paramount) 83mins. US. Aka: THE MOLTEN METEOR.
Credits: Dir: Irwin S. Yeaworth Jnr.; Prod: Jack H. Harris; A.Prod: Frank Fuhr & Russell Doughton; Sc: Theodore Simonson & Kate Phillips; Ph: Thomas Spalding; Ed: Alfred Hillman & Floyd Ver Voorn; Art: William Jersey & Karl Karlson; Sfx: Barton Sloane; Mu: Vin Kehoe; Mus: Ralph Carmichael; Title song written by Burt Bacharach. From the story "The Molten Meteor" by Irvine Millgate.
Cast: Steve McQueen, Aneta Corseaut, Earl Rowe, Olin Howlin, Steven Chase, John Benson, George Karas, Elbert Smith, Vince Barbi, Lee Payton, Hugh Graham, Audrey Metcalf, Jasper Deeter, Elinor Hammer, Ralph Roseman, David Metcalf, George Gerbereck, Keith Almoney, Tom Ogden, Pamela Curran, Charlie Overdorff, Josh Randolph, Julie Cousins, Eugene Sabel, Robert Fields, James Bonnet, Angelo Rossitto.
"Indescribable...Indestructible! Nothing can stop it!"
After Steve Andrews, (McQueen), and Jane, (Corseaut), witness a meteor crashing down to earth, a man finds the meteor, prods it with a stick and a small phlegm like substance inside attaches itself to his arm. Steve and Jane take the man to the doctor's house, but the now much bigger creature consumes the doctor and his nurse before escaping into the night. The Blob continues to grow by gorging upon the town's inhabitants, where its biggest meal is provided by a theatre audience watching The Daughter of Horror. Eventually the giant blob is immobilised by being frozen and flown to the Arctic.
Despite some slow moments this is a low budget science fiction classic with a ridiculous enough plot to maintain interest. The budget of $240 thousand paid Steve McQueen $3000 for his appearance.
Sequel: BEWARE! THE BLOB.

BLONDE WITCH (1955) see La Sorciere

BLOOD AND BLACK LACE (1964) see Sei Donne Per l'Assassino

BLOOD AND ROSES (1960) see Et Mourir de Plaisir

BLOOD BARON (1971) see Orrori del Castello di Norimberga

BLOOD BATH (1966/AIP./Hill) 82mins. BW. US. Aka: TRACK OF THE VAMPIRE.
Credits: Dir. & Sc: Stephanie Rothman & Jack Hill; Prod: Jack Hill; Ex.Prod: Roger Corman; Ph: Alfred Taylor; Ed: Mort Tubor; Art: James Brunner; Sound: Gary Kurtz; Mus: Mark Lowry.
Cast: William Campbell, Curt Dawson, Linda (Lori) Saunders, Sid Haig, Jonathan Haze, Sandra Knight, Marissa Mathes, Harve Presnell, Carl Schanzer, Biff Elliot.
"The shrieking of mutilated victims caged in a black pit of horror!"
Demented painter Antonio Sordi, (Campbell), who is possessed by a fifteenth century vampire ancestor, drinks the blood of his models, dunks them in boiling wax and then paints them. At the same time he manages to have a normal relationship with a girl, but eventually the wax corpses come to life and kill him.
A confusing and hallucinatory horror film due mainly to the number of times the crew were changed throughout shooting. Corman fired Hill and hired Rotman as director who used half an hour of footage from a Yugoslavian film titled Operacija Ticijan in addition to shooting more scenes with actress Sandra Knight.
Wax covered Patrick Magee appears uncredited in the footage used from the Yugoslavian film.

BLOOD BEAST FROM HELL (1967) see The Blood Beast Terror

BLOOD BEAST FROM OUTER SPACE (1965) see The Night Caller

THE BLOOD BEAST TERROR (1967/Tigon British) 88mins. UK.
Aka: THE VAMPIRE BEAST CRAVES BLOOD (US); DEATHSHEAD VAMPIRE; THE BLOOD BEAST FROM HELL.
Credits: Dir: Vernon Sewell; Prod: Arnold L. Miller; Ex.Prod: Tony Tenser; Sc: Peter Bryan; Ph: Stanley A. Long; Ed: Howard Lanning; Art: Wilfred Woods; Sfx: Roger Dicken; Mus: Paul Ferris.
Cast: Peter Cushing, Robert Flemyng, Wanda Ventham, Vanessa Howard, David Griffin, Glynn Edwards, William Wilde, Kevin Stoney, John Paul, Russell Napier, Roy Hudd, Leslie Anderson, Simon Cain, Robert Cawdron, Kenneth Colley, Beryl Cooke.
A nineteenth century entomologist's, (Flemyng), daughter, (Ventham), is actually a vampiric Deathshead moth that the scientist has created from experiments with a moth chrysalis. Inspector Quinnel, (Cushing), tries to discover who is murdering people and draining their blood, but when his clues lead him to the entomologist's house he finds that they have left in a hurry leaving a cellar room filled with human bones. The inspector traces them to Upper Hyam where the entomologist is trying to create a mate for the moth woman.
The preposterous plot is not helped by the laughable creature. Hudd appears in a comic role as a mortuary attendant.
Cushing referred to this as his worst film. Basil Rathbone was originally signed to play the father, but he died before filming began.

BLOOD BRIDES (1969) see Un Hacha Para la Luna de Miel

BLOOD CREATURE (1959) see Terror is a Man

THE BLOOD DEMON (1968) see Die Schlangenrube und das Pendel

THE BLOOD DEVILS (1970/Hemisphere) 90mins. Philippines.
Aka: BEAST OF BLOOD; BEAST OF THE DEAD; RETURN TO THE HORRORS OF BLOOD ISLAND.
Sequel to: The Mad Doctor of Blood Island.
Credits: Dir., Prod. & Sc: Eddie Romero; Ex.Prod: Kane W. Lynn; Ph: Justo Paulino & Edmund Cupcupin (2nd. unit); Ed: Ben Barcelon; Art: Ben Otico; Sfx: Teofilo Hilario; Mu: Tony Artieda; Mus: Tito Arevalo. From a story by Beverly Miller.
Cast: Angelique Pettyjohn, John Ashley, Celeste Yarnell, Eddie Garcia, Alfonso Caruajal, Liza Belmonte, Bruno Punzalan, Beverly Miller.
Dr. Lorca continues to turn people into walking lumps of chlorophyll in order to obtain their green blood. The headless chlorophyll man terrorises the heroine.
The third entry to the BLOOD ISLAND series.
At the box office packets of green blood and sick bags were issued to patrons.

THE BLOOD DRINKERS (1966/Santiago/Hemisphere) 88mins. Tinted BW. with colour footage. Philippines/US.
Aka: THE VAMPIRE PEOPLE (US).
Credits: Dir: Gerardo De Leon; Prod: Cirio H. Santiago; Sc: Cesar Amigo; Ph: Felipe Sacdalan; Ed: Salvador; Art: Ben Otico; Sfx: Hilario Bros.; Mus: Tito Arevalo.
Cast: Amelia Fuentes, Ronald Remy, Eva Montez, Eddie Fernandez, Celia Rodriguez, Paquito Salcedo.
"A cult of undead creatures seek fresh warm human blood!"
Vampire Dr. Marco, (Remy), wants to revive his beloved, (Fuentes), from the dead by using her twin sister's heart and the help of his pretty assistant, (Montez), a hunchbacked dwarf and a tame bat.
A poorly constructed and confusing film.

BLOOD FEAST (1963/Box Office Spectaculars/Friedman-Lewis Prod.) 75mins.
Credits: Dir., Ph., Sfx. & Mus: Herschell Gordon Lewis; Prod: Herschell Gordon Lewis & David F. Friedman; Sc: A. Louise Downe; Ed: Robert Sinise & Frank Romolo.
Cast: Connie Mason, Scott Arnold, Thomas Wood, Ashlyn Martin, Mal Arnold, Lyn Bolton, Scott H. Hall, Toni Calvert, Gene Courtier, Sandra Sinclair, Al Golden, William Kerwin.
"A weird, grisly, ancient rite horrendously brought to life in blood color."
Egyptian caterer Faud Ramses, (Mal Arnold), attempts to revive the Egyptian goddess Ishtar by using the body parts of women that he murders. A girl's, (Mason), birthday party provides Ramses with the opportunity of preparing an exotic feast and completing the ritual.
A welter of blood and gore is strewn all over the screen in what has been hailed as the first gore movie. One scene shows the hero ripping out his girlfriend's tongue that was achieved by using a real sheep’s tongue with all the appropriate grue. Little of the $60,000 budget helped the poor acting, but allowed for some gut churning special effects. The film has since reaped millions for its creators.
Filmed on a nine day shooting schedule in Miami.

BLOOD FIEND (1966) see Theatre of Death

BLOOD FREAKS...THE BLOOD SEEKERS (1969) see Blood of Frankenstein

BLOOD FROM THE MUMMY'S TOMB (1971/Hammer) 94mins. UK.
Credits: Dir: Seth Holt & Michael Carreras; Prod: Howard Brandy; Sc: Christopher Wicking; Ph: Arthur Grant; Ed: Peter Weatherley; Art: Scott McGregor; Sfx: Michael Collins; Mus: Tristram Cary. From "The Jewel Of The Seven Stars" by Bram Stoker.
Cast: Andrew Keir, Valerie Leon, James Villiers, Hugh Burden, George Coulouris, Mark Edwards, Rosalie Crutchley, Aubrey Morris, Tamara Ustinov, David Markham, Joan Young, James Cossins, David Jackson, Jonathan Burne, Penelope Holt.
Professor Fuch, (Keir), and his expedition unearth the tomb of an Egyptian princess whose severed hand still bleeds. Twenty years later and seeking revenge, the spirit of the evil princess takes over the body of Fuch's daughter, (Leon), on her twenty-first birthday.
An interesting attempt to keep the mummy genre alive, but the film is in sore need of a sense of humour.
When Seth Holt died during filming Michael Carreras took over the director's chair.
Remade in 1980 as THE AWAKENING.

BLOOD IS MY HERITAGE (1957) see Blood of Dracula

BLOOD ISLAND (1967) see The Shuttered Room

BLOOD MOON (1970) see La Noche de Walpurgis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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BLOOD OF DRACULA
(1957/Carmel Prod./AIP.) 69mins. BW. US.
Aka: BLOOD IS MY HERITAGE (UK); BLOOD OF THE DEMON.
Credits: Dir: Herbert L. Strock; Prod: Herman Cohen; Ex.Prod: James H. Nicholson & Samuel Z. Arkoff; Sc: Ralph Thornton; Ph: Monroe P. Askins; Ed: Robert Moore; Art: Leslie Thomas; Mu: Philip Scheer; Mus: Paul Dunlap; "Puppy Love" words and music by Jerry Blaine. From an idea by Ralph Thornton.
Cast: Sandra Harrison, Louise Lewis, Gail Ganley, Jerry Blaine, Heather Ames, Malcolm Atterbury, Mary Adams, Thomas B. Henry, Don Devlin, Jeanne Dean, Richard Devon, Paul Maxwell, Shirley De Lancey, Michael Hall, Craig Duncan, Edna Holland, Carlyle Mitchell, Voltaire Perkins, Barbara Wilson.
"In her eyes desire! In her veins....the blood of a monster!"
Against her wishes, Nancy, (Harrison), is sent to the Sherwood school for girls, where her explosive nature attracts the attentions of the chemistry mistress, (Lewis), who is experimenting with an antique Carpathian amulet to release the monster dwelling within the human mind. Nancy becomes a vampire and kills several of the students becoming aware that the chemistry mistress has transformed her, so she kills her, only to die herself when she is impaled upon the leg of a broken table.
A swinging vampire tale for hip drive-in teens that is slightly better than the usual AIP. offering of this kind. The same theme was later remade as I Was a Teenage Frankenstein.

BLOOD OF DRACULA'S CASTLE (1969/A+E Film Corp./Crown International) 84mins. US. Aka: DRACULA'S CASTLE (US.tv.).
Credits: Dir: Al Adamson & Jean Hewitt; Prod: Al Adamson & Rex Carlton; Ex.Prod: Martin B. Cohen; Sc: Rex Carlton; Ph: Laszlo Kovacs; Ed: Ewing Brown & Peter Perry; Mus: Lincoln Mayorage.
Cast: Alex D'Arcy, Paula Raymond, John Carradine, Ray Young, Robert Dix, Gene O'Shane, Barbara Bishop, Vicky Volante, John Cardos, Kent Osborne.
A photographer inherits a castle from his uncle and discovers that it is inhabited by Dracula, (D'Arcy), and his bride, (Raymond), who drink blood from their victims imprisoned in the basement out of cocktail glasses. Also present is a moon worshipping butler, (Carradine), who performs human sacrifices, a hunchback manservant, (Young), and a werewolf, (Dix).
Considered to be the best of Milligan's shoestring productions. If not taken seriously, the cheap production values, the inept script and bad directing can be overlooked, leaving a pleasant send-up of the genre. However, this is incompetent in every department with out of focus shots padded with inexplicable scenes of a dolphinarium. Even the gags are corny, but delivered with panache by Carradine: "Type double O negative...A very good year."
When one of the actresses was too short to reach the manacles in one scene someone decided to let her stand on the camera case which is clearly visible on screen.
A sequel announced as DRACULA'S COFFIN was never made.

BLOOD OF FRANKENSTEIN (1971/Paladin/Independent International) 91mins.
Aka: DRACULA VERSUS FRANKENSTEIN; THEY'RE COMING TO GET YOU (UK); REVENGE OF DRACULA (Video); SATAN'S BLOOD FREAKS.
Originally: BLOOD FREAKS...THE BLOOD SEEKERS.
Credits: Dir: Al Adamson; Prod: Al Adamson & John Van Horne; Ex.Prod: Mardi Rustam; A.Prod: Mohammed Rustam; Sc: William Pugsley & Samuel M. Sherman; Ph: Gary Graver & Paul Glickman; Ed: Erwin Cadden; Art: Ray Markham; Sfx: Ken Strickfaden; Visual Fx: Bob Le Bar; Mu: Sheldon Lee & Tony Tierney; Mus: William Lava.
Cast: Zandor Vorkov (Roger Engell), Lon Chaney Jnr., Angelo Rossitto, J. Carrol Naish, John Bloom, John Carradine, Regina Carrol, Jim Davis, Anthony Eisley, Russ Tamblyn, Greydon Clark, William Bonner, Maria Lease, Anne Morrell, Shelley Weiss, Bruce Kimball, Albert Cole, Gary Kent, Connie Nelson, Irv Saunders, Lu Dorn, Sean Graver, Forrest J. Ackerman.
"Yesterday they were cold and dead...today...they're hot and bothered!"
Dracula, (Vorkov), has found the original Frankenstein monster, (Bloom), with which he tries to bargain with Frankenstein's descendant, (Naish), to help him rule the world with an army of invisible vampires. Meanwhile Frankenstein's assistant, an axe murderer named Groton, (Chaney), runs amok chopping the heads off mini-skirted dancers.
A shoddy and insulting attempt to pay tribute to the Universal films of the forties. The guest stars sadly were all too old to be convincing, Chaney was in his 60's and wheelchair bound Naish was 70 at the time. This was Chaney's last film. He died of throat cancer soon after shooting, and his body was donated to the California University School Of Medicine. William Lava died during filming, so the remaining music score was lifted from The Creature From the Black Lagoon and Kronos (1957). Paul Sawtell also helped to complete the score.
The film took two years to make and borrowed some of the sets from The Bride of Frankenstein.
Regina Carrol is Adamson's wife.
Many confuse this film with Los Monstruous del Terror as it also is known as DRACULA VERSUS FRANKENSTEIN and made in the same year.

THE BLOOD OF FU-MANCHU (1968/Udastex/Commonwealth International) 91mins. Germany/US/UK/Spain.
Aka: KISS AND KILL; AGAINST ALL ODDS; FU MANCHU AND THE KISS OF DEATH.
Credits: Dir: Jess Franco; Prod: Harry Alan Towers; Sc: Jess Franco, Harry Alan Towers & Manfred Kohler.
Cast: Christopher Lee, Goetz George, Ricardo Palacios, Tsai Chin, Richard Greene, Shirley Eaton, Howard Marion Crawford, Maria Rohm.
In the Amazon jungle, Fu Manchu injects native women with snake poison in order for them to be able to give the "kiss of death" to his enemies in different capitals of the world.
The fourth of Lee's Fu Manchu portrayals in a below par entry to a rapidly deteriorating series.
Sequel: Castle of Fu Manchu.

BLOOD OF GHASTLY HORROR (1965/Hemisphere/Independent Int.) 87mins.
Aka: PSYCHO A GO-GO; LOVE MANIAC; THE MAN WITH THE SYNTHETIC BRAIN.
Credits: Dir. & Prod: Al Adamson; Sc: Dick Poston & Chris Martino; Ph: Lewis Horvath & William Zsigmond; Mu: Lee James; Mus: Jimmy Roosa & Don McGinnis.
Cast: Roy Morton, Tommy Kirk, Rich Smedley, Tracey Robbins.
Jewel thieves use a Vietnam war veteran as their zombie hit man.
This film took several years to make and started life as PSYCHO A GO-GO. It was released at a later date under this title, then in 1969 it appeared as Fiend With the Electronic Brain with added footage featuring John Carradine, Kent Taylor and Regina Carrol.
Despite all efforts, this is still a terrible film.

BLOOD OF NOSTRADAMUS (1960) see La Sangre de Nostradamus

BLOOD OF THE DEMON (1957) see Blood of Dracula

BLOOD OF THE MAN DEVIL (1965) see House of the Black Death

BLOOD OF THE VAMPIRE (1958/Eros/Baker-Berman/Artistes Alliance) 85mins. UK.
Credits: Dir: Henry Cass; Prod: Robert S. Baker & Monty Berman; Sc: Jimmy Sangster; Ph: Geoffrey Seaholme; Ed: Douglas Myers; Art: John Elphick; Mu: Jimmy Evans; Mus: Stanley Black.
Cast: Donald Wolfit, Vincent Ball, Barbara Shelley, Victor Maddern, John Le Mesurier, Bernard Bresslaw, George Murcell, Julian Strange, Bryan Coleman, William Devlin, Andrew Faulds, Denis Shaw, Hal Osmond, Bruce Wightman, Max Brimmel, Colin Tapley, John Sullivan, Henry Vidon, John Stuart, Cameron Hall, Milton Reid.
Executed and brought back to life as a vampire by his hunchback assistant, (Maddern), the governor of an asylum, Dr. Callistratus, (Wolfit), tries to rid himself of the curse, while the inmates of the institution satisfy his bloodlust’s. He finally sets his sights on a young doctor's sweetheart, (Shelley), but when he asks his assistant, to kill the girl, he rebels and sets the dogs on the vampire allowing the young couple to escape.
The lack of fangs does not deter from this initially inventive tale. Maddern is especially memorable as the hunchback. Often mistaken for a Hammer production due to the similar inky look.
This is Baker and Berman's first release as a team followed by The Trollenberg Terror.

BLOOD OF THE VAMPIRES (1971) see Creatures of Evil

BLOOD OF THE VIRGINS (1968) see Sangre de Virgenes

BLOOD OF THE WEREWOLF (1957) see I Was a Teenage Werewolf

BLOOD OF THE ZOMBIE (1961) see The Dead One

BLOOD ON HIS LIPS (1959) see The Hideous Sun Demon

BLOOD ON RED LIPS (1970) see La Rouge Aux Levres

BLOOD ON SATAN'S CLAW (1970/Chilton/Tigon) 95mins. UK. Aka: SATAN'S SKIN.
Credits: Dir: Piers Haggard; Prod: Peter L. Andrews & Malcolm B. Heyworth; Ex.Prod: Tony Tenser; Sc: Robert Wynne Simmons & Piers Haggard; Ph: Dick Bush; Ed: Richard Best; Art: Arnold Chapkis; Mu: Eddie Knight; Mus: Mark Wilkinson.
Cast: Patrick Wymark, Linda Hyden, Barry Andrews, Simon Williams, Tamara Ustinov, James Hayter, Anthony Ainley, Howard Goorney, Avice Landone, Michele Dotrice, Robin Davies, Wendy Padbury, Charlotte Mitchell.
The Devil is possessing children in a seventeenth century English farming village after the discovery of a bizarre skull. The children are offering human sacrifices to their master before being routed out by the cross in a campaign by a local judge, (Wymark).
An interesting and stylish film whose real horror lies in the corruption of innocent youth. Hyden's role is especially noteworthy as a seductive blonde named Angel who carries out the Devil's work.

THE BLOOD ROSE (1969) see La Rose Escorchee

BLOOD SEEKERS (1970) see Cain's Way

BLOOD SPATTERED BRIDE (1969) see La Novia Ensangrentada

THE BLOOD SWORD OF THE 99TH. VIRGIN (1959)
see Kyuju-Kyuhonme No Kimusume

BLOOD THIRST (1965/Chevron) BW. US./Philippines.
Filmed as HORROR FROM BEYOND.
Credits: Dir: Newt Arnold; Prod: Michael Dupont & Newt Arnold; Sc: N.I.P. Dennis; Ph: Hermo Santos.
Cast: Robert Winston (Adam Roarke), Yvonne Neilson, Judy Dennis, Vic Diaz, Katherine Henryk, Eddie Infante, Vincente Liwanage.
An American detective, (Winston), is trying to track down the vampire priestess of a sun cult.
Not released in Britain until 1971.

BLOODBATH (1970) see Antefatto

BLOODLESS VAMPIRE (1965/Journey) Philippines/US.
Credits: Dir: Michael Du Pont.
Cast: Charles Macauley, Helen Thompson.
Low budget vampire nonsense.

BLOODLUST (1961/Crown International/Cinegraf) 68mins. BW.
Credits: Dir., Prod. & Sc: Ralph Brooke; Ph: Richard E. Cunha.
From a story by Richard Connell.
Cast: Robert Reed, Wilton Graff, June Kenney, Lilyan Chauvin, Joan Lora.
"He hunted humans for the sheer sport of killing!"
The perverse Dr. Balleau, (Graff), hunts his human prey with a bow and arrow. Having killed them he keeps the corpses in glass tanks.
A dismal variation of the The Most Dangerous Game (1932).

BLOODSUCKERS (1966) see La Isla de la Muerte

BLOODSUCKERS (1967) see Doctor Terrors Gallery of Horrors

BLOODSUCKERS (1970) see Incense For the Damned

BLOODTHIRSTY BUTCHERS (1969/Constitution/Mishkin) 85mins.
Credits: Dir. & Ph: Andy Milligan; Prod: William Mishkin; Sc: Andy Milligan & John Borske; Art: James Fox.
Cast: John Miranda, Annabella Wood, Berwick Kaller, Jane Helay.
A butcher, (Miranda), and a baker, (Wood), conspire to make meat pies out of some of their customers. When the police finally close in on the killers they hack each other to pieces.
A gory version of the familiar Sweeny Todd story made in true Milligan style with out of focus camera shots and cardboard sets.
Milligan has reputedly written, produced and directed twenty three shoe string budget features over a ten year span, all of them, unfortunately look like badly made home movies.

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THE BLOODTHIRSTY FAIRY (1968) see La Fee Sanguinaire

THE BLOODY FAIRY (1968) see La Fee Sanguinaire

BLOODY FIANCEE (1969) see La Novia Ensangrentada

THE BLOODY JUDGE (1970) see Procesco de las Brujas

THE BLOODY PIT OF HORROR (1965) see Il Castello di Artena

THE BLOODY VAMPIRE (1962) see El Vampire Sangriento

 

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