Horror Express

February 18, 2017 at 11:52 pm (7 Heads, Horror Express) (, , , , , , )

Horror Express – 1972 – England/Spain

In the year 1906, an English anthropologist finds the “missing link” in a Manchurian cave. He is traveling with the specimen on the Trans-Siberian Express when the creature comes to life and prowls the train. Whoever meets its glowing red gaze dies suddenly. Their eyes turn white and (an autopsy reveals) their brains become completely smooth. It turns out that the creature is actually inhabited by an alien parasite made of pure energy. The alien steals people’s memories in hopes of gaining the scientific know-how to get home.

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Five Elements Ninjas

November 29, 2016 at 4:03 am (7 Heads, Five Element Ninja) (, , , , , )

Five Elements Ninjas – 1982 – Hong Kong

A Chinese martial arts school is destroyed by Japanese ninjas. The lone survivor of the massacre learns ninjutsu and abandons his honor to get revenge. That is the whole plot.

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Sins of the Fleshapoids

November 29, 2016 at 3:50 am (7 Heads, Sins of the Fleshapoids) (, , , , , )

Sins of the Fleshapoids – 1966 – United States

A million years in the future, Earth is an Eden-like utopia. There is enough of everything for everyone, and people do nothing but eat and frolic around naked. All labor is done by android slaves called Fleshapoids. When two Fleshapoids gain sapience, they kill their human masters, fall in love, and bear a robot child.

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Attack of the Giant Leeches

October 22, 2016 at 1:13 am (7 Heads, Attack of the Giant Leeches) (, , , , , , )

Attack of the Giant Leeches – 1959 – United States

In the Florida Everglades, redneck poachers are attacked by giant leeches. The victims are kept alive in the leeches’ underwater cave while their blood is slowly drained. A handsome game warden investigates the poachers’ disappearance and eventually discovers that monsters are afoot. He hunts the leeches underwater with a harpoon gun.

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Yokai Monsters: Spook Warfare

September 19, 2016 at 3:31 am (7 Heads, Yokai Monsters: Spook Warfare) (, , , )

Yokai Monsters: Spook Warfare – 1968 – Japan

In medieval times, treasure hunters explore the Babylonian ruins of Ur and awaken a bird-like vampire monster. The vampire (named Daimon) flies to Japan and possesses the magistrate of a town. He commits various atrocities such as drinking blood, acting rude, kidnapping children, and killing a dog. A young samurai teams up with a Buddhist monk and some friendly monsters from Japanese folklore. They defeat Daimon by stabbing out his eyes.

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Interstella 5555

August 13, 2016 at 7:29 pm (7 Heads, Interstella 5555) (, , , , , , , , )

Interstella 5555 – 2003 – Japan/France

Interstella 5555 (a.ka. Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem) is a collaboration between French electronic musicians Daft Punk and Japanese manga creator Leiji Matsumoto. The film is a feature length narrative music video for Daft Punk’s album Discovery (2001).

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Toward the Terra

August 13, 2016 at 7:24 pm (7 Heads, Toward the Terra) (, , , , , , , , )

Toward the Terra – 1980 – Japan

After Terra (Earth) is ruined by war and pollution, the survivors establish a totalitarian government called Universal Control. They create a computer program called Mother to breed a new race of genetically modified humans. These test tube babies have implanted memories that make them complacent and unemotional, thereby preventing mankind’s irrational tendencies from ever destroying the planet again. Occasionally, a mutant is born. These mutants are called the Mu. Each is physically disabled in some way (blind, asthmatic, mute), but they accommodate with psychic powers. Hunted by Universal Control, the Mu hide in their underground city and plot rebellion.

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Beast of Blood

July 2, 2016 at 1:12 am (7 Heads, Beast of Blood) (, , , , , )

Beast of Blood – 1970 – Philippines

Beast of Blood is a direct sequel to The Mad Doctor of Blood Island (1968) and an indirect sequel to Brides of Blood (1968). These films form the Blood Island Trilogy directed by Eddie Romero and starring John Ashley.

Beast of Blood’s story begins moments after Mad Doctor’s ends. Bill Foster (the heroic doctor of Mad Doctor) leaves Blood Island. One of Blood Island’s plant-human monsters stows away on the boat. The monster goes on a berserk rampage and the boat explodes in the resulting melee. The monster drifts back to Blood Island. Bill survives and is rescued by a passing freighter.

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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.

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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.

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