Saturday, September 27, 2014

Bloodlust! (1961)

Director: Ralph Brooke

Writers: Ralph Brooke, Richard Connell

Composer: Michael Terr

Starring: Wilton Graff, June Kenney, Walter Brooke, Robert Reed, Eugene Persson, Joan Lora, Troy Patterson, Lilyan Chauvin, Bobby Hall, Bill Coontz

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Maniac Hunts Humans In A Jungle Hell!

Plot: A crazed hunter kidnaps people and turns them loose on his private island, where he hunts them for sport.

My rating: 5.5/10

Will I watch it again? Nope.

Yeah, there are better versions of THE MOST DANGEROUS GAME but this one's not all that horrible (nor is it particularly good).  The pacing hurts it the most.  It's just over an hour but it feels much longer.  As you would expect, once the kids are cut loose in the jungle to be hunted down, that's when things pick up and get more exciting and fun.  Wilton Graff does a great job as the bad guy, Dr. Balleau.  He's so good at it that you'd think they tried to get Vincent Price and failed so they went with another talented actor that looks and sounds like Price.  It works, regardless.  Future BRADY BUNCH father Robert Reed heads up the castaways.  He does a fine job just as everyone else. One cool thing you'll probably dig is Balleau's private trophy cave where he has his human trophies positioned as they were at the moment of their death.  That was super cool and the kills we see are neat, too.  If it weren't for that slow first half hour this would easily be a 6.5/10.  It's still worth a look.  It's one of 8 films on a BCI public domain compilation called Drive-In Cult Classics Vol. 2.  Each film is on its own disc side.  Some have extras such as trailers and some don't.  This one has nothing but the film.

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