View Full Version : BLOOD ISLAND trilogy any good?
01-14-2005, 04:43 AM
I see that Netflix has some BLOOD ISLAND discs, starring John Ashley.
Apparently there was a series of these films.
Are they any good?
01-14-2005, 05:04 AM
These were directed by Eddie Romero and were low-budget flicks filmed in the Philippines during the late 60s/early 70s. I've seen Mad Doctor of Blood Island and Brides of Blood but haven't seen the Beast of Blood yet.
Whether they are good will depend on your ability to watch films with paper-mache monsters and poor acting. I suppose they do hold a certain low-grade charm and some of the dialogue is unintentionally funny. There are splashes of blood and gore but nothing excessive. At the beginning of Mad Doctor the cinema audience were given green "potions" which they had to drink before giving an oath and with Brides single female audience members were given replica wedding rings....
01-14-2005, 05:48 AM
No good but I love them. Bad acting, bad clothes, bad hair, bad story, bad dialogue in other words, LOTS of fun.
01-14-2005, 11:42 AM
If you're just going to rent them just go ahead and do it. These are cheesy late 60's drive in trash that are pretty much a hoot. I cover Brides at my site (hopefully the link works).
I just picked up Beast of Blood via trade to complete the trilogy.
01-14-2005, 11:57 AM
...And here's a link to the EC review of BEAST OF BLOOD (1970):
01-14-2005, 12:23 PM
Good for a "drive-in night".
01-14-2005, 06:55 PM
BEAST OF BLOOD-Actually was a little reluctant to pick this one up after viewing the first two in the trilogy. Brides was trashy fun and Mad Doctor had gore and nudity but an irritating use of the zoom lens. Probably so much zoom even Jess Franco would get P.O.d. But Beast was actually a lot of fun with just the right balance of jungle adventure, boobs and monster. Okay it was probably lacking a bit in the monster department but all in all I had a good time with this one and would say it was worth the pick up for me.The print is full frame and full of specks and some missing frames here and there. Probably the best we'll get of this print.
01-14-2005, 07:37 PM
I don't know why...but I loved all of these movies. It might not be part of the series....but Horror of the Blood Monsters was the first one I watched and by far my favorite.
The rest were all worth buying...(for me, at least). Try 1 or 2 of them out to see if they're your cup of tea. I specifically remember Brides of Blood and Beast of Blood being pretty decent.
01-15-2005, 10:05 PM
I think these films are good in a campy-good kind of a way. First time i saw the classic trailer for MAD DOCTOR OF BLOOD ISLAND, I wanted to see it. I have the box set that Image put out last year. Most of the Eddie Romero pictures for Hemisphere/Independent International were good in a funny way. I didn't find them scary at all just hysterical the way most of those old 60's-70's horror films were.
01-17-2005, 09:48 PM
Take plenty of dramamine before watching Mad Doctor of Blood Island. The zoom lens keeps having epileptic seizures.
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