Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Pirates of Blood River (1962)

Director: John Gilling

Starring: Christopher Lee, Andrew Keir, Kerwin Matthews, Oliver Reed, Desmond "Bond's 'Q'" Llewlyn

More Info: IMDB

Tagline: Ransacking a lost tropic island... for a fabulous idol of gold!

Plot: In a village of Huguenot refugees, Jonathan Standish is exiled by his father to a nearby penal colony for his improper relationship with a married woman. This penal colony is then invaded by pirates who force Jonathan to lead them back to his village, convinced that it contains a great treasure.

My Rating: 5/10

Would I watch it again? Not likely since there are so many better pirate movies out there

It's hard to like a pirate movie that has two of the lead good guys with strong American accents with EVERYONE else around them with British and French accents. I had the same problem with Robert Taylor in IVANHOE (1952).

Christopher Lee nails it with his French/English accent. What a badass, too. He's really the reason to watch this. You get to see Reed in an early role as one of Lee's pirates. James Bond's "Q" has a small role and Andrew Keir, a Hammer studio (who made this) regular, is fun to watch. I haven't seen much from the Hammer studio that wasn't horror but after seeing this, even though they've got some great locales, costumes and such, they're better with the horror genre than the action/adventure genre.

Oooh, a woman gets eaten by a shitload of piranha! It's OK to watch and sorta neat but it definitely doesn't have any replay value. Yarrrrr!

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