Brides of Blood

July 2, 2016 at 1:02 am (7 Heads, Brides of Blood) (, , , , , )

Brides of Blood – 1968 – Philippines

Celebrating this blog’s historic 300th post, I will review the Blood Island Trilogy. The Blood Island Trilogy is probably my favorite horror trilogy. However, the only other horror trilogy I can think of is Trilogy of Terror (1974).

On a Peace Corps mission, a biologist, his sexually frustrated wife, and a civil engineer take a ship to Blood Island. This primitive Pacific island was irradiated by atomic bomb tests and now has mutant trees with tentacles. The natives live in superstitious fear of a humanoid plant monster with superhuman strength. Every night, they sacrifice young women for the monster to pointlessly dismember. Also on the island is a handsome fifty year old aristocrat who looks thirty. He lives in a villa with his team of dwarf servants. The Peace Corps members befriend the aristocrat and discover that he transforms into the monster during his epileptic fits. Eventually, the civil engineer unites the fearful natives against the monster. They try to incinerate the monster with torches, but are only successful after he seemingly surrenders, complacently waiting to die in a burning building.

Brides of Blood is a Filipino film directed by Eddie Romero and starring (former teen hunk) John Ashley. It is the first in a trilogy, followed by The Mad Doctor of Blood Island (1968) and Beast of Blood (1970). It is a fun flick with enjoyable horror, gore, sex, and exotic tropical flavor. The ogre-like plant monster appears to be made of crusty petrified mold. He has glowing red eyes and fangs, and he tears women limb from limb. Meanwhile, the biologist’s busty wife (played by “Beverly Hills”) slinks around in a sexy negligee and tries to sleep with everyone. And after the monster dies, the natives throw a big party. During their mating dance, they roll in the dirt and have simulated sex.

Brides of Blood looks pretty cheap, but it is at least very colorful. The authentic jungle locations are verdant and the aristocrat’s villa is ornately arabesque. All the natives wear vibrant floral prints and their village is decorated with painted totems. They even have torches that burn with lavender smoke. Also, the mutant trees bleed human-like red blood, which is actually pretty creepy.

Rating: 7/10 Shrunken Heads. Women who saw Brides of Blood in theaters were offered free imitation wedding rings. What prospective Bride of Blood would not want a “simulated copy of an actual wedding ring costing several hundred dollars”?


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