The Mad Doctor of Blood Island

July 2, 2016 at 1:08 am (7 Heads, Mad Doctor of Blood Island) (, , , , , )

The Mad Doctor of Blood Island – 1968 – Philippines

Before The Mad Doctor of Blood Island starts, the audience is encouraged to take the Oath of the Green Blood. This involves drinking a test tube of green liquid. Apparently, the liquid prevents people from transforming into monsters as they watch Mad Doctor of Blood Island. It is also an aphrodisiac.

In Mad Doctor of Blood Island’s first scene, a naked woman runs through the jungle before being killed by a ghoulish green monster. Next, a boat of Americans arrives on the isolated Blood Island. The tropical island is populated by primitive villagers and a mad scientist. Each of the American visitors has their own agenda. One is a doctor investigating rumors of green-blooded people. One is a woman seeking her estranged father. One is a former islander who has come to take his mother away. In various ways, these people become entwined with the island’s mad scientist. While trying to cure leukemia, the scientist injected some of the islanders with chlorophyll, changing them into grotesque plant-human hybrids. The scientist callously continues to experiment, creating more horrible monsters.

The plot of Mad Doctor of Blood Island revolves around the sordid and sinister history of the island and its people. Much time is spent developing the characters’ relationships to each other and the island. The characterization is sometimes weak, but at least the story has pathos. One tragic character left Blood Island as a child and returns as an adult. His mother is hopelessly depressed. His father has transformed into a monster. And his childhood girlfriend is deranged from her obsessive hatred of the mad scientist.

Mad Doctor of Blood Island is a slow-paced and talky film. The plant monsters arrive periodically to menace and kill people, but their violent acts are unimportant to the narrative. The monsters do, however, look awesomely gross! They shamble and growl like zombies and their pine green skin is covered with crusty growths of mold. When they appear, the camera rapidly zooms in and out, which is headache-inducing. The film also spices things up with frequent nudity. And if you do not care about beautiful women, you can still jive on the island’s scenic ambiance. Check out the majestic jungle waterfall.

Mad Doctor of Blood Island is the second film in the Blood Island Trilogy. Others include Brides of Blood (1968) and Beast of Blood (1970). Mad Doctor of Blood Island and Beast of Blood are directly related, featuring some of the same characters. Brides of Blood bears only a thematic similarity to its sequels, and does not even take place on the same Blood Island.

Rating: 7/10 Shrunken Heads. In one awkward scene, the lead man (played by John Ashley) and the lead woman (played by Angelique Pettyjohn) have sex. The woman gets completely naked, but the man wears all his clothes (even his jacket).

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