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11 out of 12 people found the following review useful:

Even a mediocre potboiler remake of "The Most Dangerous Game" can be OK

Author: lemon_magic from Wavy Wheat, Nebraska
16 July 2005

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To be honest, I've seen many worse movies than "Bloodlust", and many of those worse movies were big-budget Hollywood blockbusters. So I don't want to heap too much scorn on this low-budget remake of a far better film - it's a piece of film factory hackwork that was churned out to meet the demand for drive-in movie and 2nd feature 'product'. Within the confines of its ambitions, budget, and cast, it is an acceptable piece of product. And the central plot idea is strong enough that even a watered down version like this has a bit of dramatic tension and interest.

Nevertheless, some issues need to be addressed.

Number one, if Robert Reed wanted to be cast as the action hero lead, he needed to either lose 15 pounds, do some sit-ups,or wear a looser fitting shirt. He was sucking in his gut so hard every instant he was on camera that I was afraid he was going to keel over from 'corset girdle' syndrome.

Number two, Reed's character makes so many bad decisions in the course of this movie that it's really kind of funny. Seriously, EVERY SINGLE judgment call he makes - to land on the island, that the boat they land with will be safe, that their best bet is to return to the mansion, etc., is wrong. How did his character get to be Alpha Male of the group in the first place??

Number three, the hunter with the so-called 'Bloodlust' comes across as kind of a low-energy version of Victor Buono. When you think of deadly sociopath snipers-turned-man-hunters, you don't automatically come up with the image of Victor Buono, now, do you? I'll grant you that the actor does the mannerisms of a jaded epicurean quite well, but he (and the stage direction he is given) hardly has the presence or gravitas to dominate and intimidate four healthy young teenagers and two adults, etc. Which leads to:

Number four: At several points, our 'deadly hunter' (who is old, small, pale, flabby, and obviously sedentary) is all alone with four healthy, physically fit young adults (one of them a judo expert) and is armed with nothing but a crossbow or a revolver. And at least once, they have the drop on him. Seriously, why don't they jump him? Someone might get wounded, but this is far better than his stated alternative (ie, he'll kill them and mount them in his museum). I guess that his deadly 'sniper's eye' must have them intimidated or something.

Anyway, MST picked on the this movie, and had a lot of fun with it, but that's what they do. They could have a field day with a big loud dumb movie like "Armegeddeon", and a slight trifle like "Bloodlust" has no chance against their wonderful malice. "Bloodlust" isn't nearly as bad as most MST3K fare. On the other hand, you wouldn't waste your time with it if MST3K didn't cover it.

Go watch "Surviving the Game" with Rutger Hauer and Ice-T if you want to see a GOOD 'Most Dangerous Game' rip-off. Watch this one for the cheese value, or for the MST savaging.

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13 out of 17 people found the following review useful:

not as terrible as its rep

Author: ThrownMuse from The land of the Bunyips
7 December 2004

Entertaining take on "The Most Dangerous Game" featuring "teens" (you know, the kind in their late-20s), violence and a bit of gore. Apparently it was a feature on MST3K...but the movie isn't as terrible as that would suggest. It does feature some obnoxiously 50s dialogue, characters, and acting, but it also features some really fun stuff (like a teeny bopper girl that knows judo and flips a bad guy into a vat of acid...and we get to watch him decompose! how can you not love that?!). The dad from the Brady Bunch is in this, and is annoying as ever, and the plot gets a little too Scooby Doo in parts. But there are some fairly creepy scenes here. In fact, I enjoyed this much more than I probably should have. My rating: 5/10

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11 out of 14 people found the following review useful:

The Brady Bunch go hunting

Author: bensonmum2 from Tennessee
9 February 2005

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- While on vacation, two young couples decide to explore what they believe to be a deserted island. They soon run into Dr. Albert Balleau (Wilton Graff) who offers them the hospitality of his home - the only one on the island. Dr. Balleau's house is decorated with the trophies from his various hunting expeditions. It seems he imports game to the island. Now, Dr. Balleau is looking for even more cunning and dangerous game to hunt on his island. The young couples learn that they are to provide him with the hunting thrills he seeks.

- Bloodlust! was a much better movie when it was known as The Most Dangerous Game (1932). That movie is far superior to Bloodlust! in every way. Take the casts as an example. The Most Dangerous Game featured Joel McCrea and the original scream queen, Fay Wray. The insane hunter was played to perfection by Leslie Banks. In contrast, Bloodlust! features Robert Reed in one of his early roles. If the big name "star" of your movie is the future dad from The Brady Bunch, then you really don't have much. The hunter is played by Graff as a Vincent Price wannabe. It's really pathetic.

- Another comparison, Bloodlust! goes for the cheap thrills by showing various body parts being prepared to be mounted for his trophy room. There is nothing that looks remotely real in this scene. The Most Dangerous Game leaves these images up to the viewers imagination. And (especially true with low budgets) the imagination is capable of creating far more horrific images than can be created by using a cheap rubber foot.

- If you find the concept of a nut-job hunting people as sport appealing, watch The Most Dangerous Game. The Alpha DVD has a great image and can be had for about $5. The video appears to have been "taken" from the much more expensive Criterion DVD.

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10 out of 13 people found the following review useful:

A Cut-Rate Version of "Most Dangerous Game"

Author: ( from Palm Springs, CA USA
22 March 2001

BLOODLUST! (1961) is yet another retelling of "Most Dangerous Game" with a lackluster cast and inferior production values. The mostly youthful actors and actresses are terrible and turn in cardboard performances. There is one exception, however, and that is Wilton Graff as Belleau, a latter-day Count Zaroff wielding a crossbow to dispatch his victims on the remote island. Graff gives a very fey performance (imagine what Vincent Price could have done with this one!) as he stalks his prey and includes them in his tableaux of trophies and macabre death scenes. He chews scenery but at least attempts to raise the level of this hopeless mess which is why this effort isn't a complete waste. Beware the substandard print by Madacy Entertainment on a double-feature DVD which is accompanied by ATOM AGE VAMPIRE. Cast includes Robert Reed, June Kenney, Joan Lora, Eugene Persson, Walter Brooke and Lilyan Chauvin.

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12 out of 17 people found the following review useful:

I like this movie!

Author: Jordan_Haelend from The Imperial Earth State
20 February 2003

I first saw this on TV when I was a kid, and I think it's too good to be deserving of the MST3K treatment. It might be a "The Most Dangerous Game" rip-off, but it was targeted towards teens in the drive-in era, and I think it works.

It's worth the watch just to see the pre-Brady Bunch Robert Reed and the suave Wilton Graff, whose coolly underplayed madman is chilling. I've recommended it to friends in the non-'bots version, and they all thought well of it.

Great ending, too!

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12 out of 17 people found the following review useful:

A fun movie!!

Author: Michael Barnum (
19 March 2000

I love this movie...a teenage MOST DANGEROUS GAME! It is really a fun movie if you don't take it too seriously...a good combination of the 50s teen flick and horror film! And it is fun to see Robert Reed in an early role, years before he played the dad in BRADY BUNCH! Reed, June Kenney, Gene Persson, and Joan Lora are all quite good as the all-American teens who stumble onto BLOODLUST island! The film was actually made in the late 50s but not released to theaters until 1961. The budget is low, and there are some silly lines (June: "Well, we made it this far", Joan: "Ya, but where is this far", June: "Well, I don't know, but it's closer to far away then back in that room!" But, despite it's flaws, you'll get a kick out it!

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18 out of 29 people found the following review useful:

Ahh! Ahh! AHH? Ahh!

Author: Big from United States
20 June 2005

This is a forgettable movie -- even the MST3K version is tepid compared to other episodes of that great show. But one scene stands out for me in this odd little film about an insane island-dwelling man who likes to hunt people. A man -- apparently part of his "stocked prey" program -- wanders up to our protagonists. He's dirty, clothes torn, beard overgrown, obviously been there for awhile. He wants to say something to the gang -- he's down on his knees, pleading with arms raised in supplication -- but all he says is "Ahh! Ahh! Ahh!" And you can tell this actor was really giving it his "Stanislavsky Method" all, and the director was probably yelling at him, "I want more torture in your 'Ahhs'!" In the end, he looks like a mute Al Jolson on skid row. It's worth watching the film for the giggle you'll get from this poor dope.

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8 out of 11 people found the following review useful:

It ain't really that bad!

Author: pmsusana from New Orleans, Louisiana
14 February 2001

I'd file this under "No classic, but lots of fun!". The cast is good: It's interesting to see Robert Reed in his pre-Brady Bunch days. The late Wilton Graff (as the villain) is one of those faces many remember but can't name; he was usually seen as concerned fathers or business execs who knew more than they were telling. He gives a convincingly understated performance in this film; one is constantly reminded of Vincent Price. Plotwise, there are some effective jolts along the way (bodies floating in tanks, or posed in realistic attitudes in a "trophy room"). There's also a memorable scene where a young lady karate-flips a would-be attacker into a vat of acid; we're offered screaming closeups of his skin peeling away. The lively finale involves quicksand, leeches and a body hung (still living) on a spiked frame. Like I said, no classic, but if you enjoy the occasional anything-goes exploitation film, you could do worse!

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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful:

"As other men collect fame and riches, I collect trophies."

Author: classicsoncall from Florida, New York
3 November 2005

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With a concept borrowed from "The Most Dangerous Game", and the future dad of "The Brady Bunch", "Bloodlust" achieves little in the way of intrigue or suspense, and if you don't manage to break into a chuckle or two while watching it, you're taking the film way too seriously.

Johnny Randall (Robert Reed) is the self appointed leader of two young couples who find themselves stranded on an island with a madman (Wilton Graff), who plans on adding them to his trophy case, or rather his trophy cave, after giving them a chance to make a break for it from the island's center, starting at the "Tree of Death". Dr. Balleau has wasted no time in making an example of his wife Sandra (Lilyan Chauvin) and her not so secret lover Dean (Walter Brooke), who now share a prominent place in his den of horrors. Reed's character is terrible at making wise choices, but it's his girlfriend Betty's (June Kenney) job to ask rhetorical questions and utter useless clichés. She's matched by friend Jean's (Joan Lorra) repeated reminders of how scared they all ought to be, while her boyfriend Pete (Eugene Persson) tries to keep his libido in check.

The question any viewer will repeatedly ask themselves is why doesn't this foursome simply jump the old codger Balleau at just about any point in the proceedings. They had him surrounded more than once, and could have knocked the bejeezus out of him at any time, but then I guess there wouldn't have been a story.

Listen, if you're looking for a movie of poor saps stranded on an island with little hope of survival, go for the gusto and pick up 1959's "The Killer Shrews". It's got a lot more stuff to make fun of, not the least of which are swarming canines with dreadlocks. With "Bloodlust" you get none of the satisfaction, either from the story, or the title. Oh, the possibilities!

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15 out of 26 people found the following review useful:

The most BORING game!

Author: Coventry from the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls
14 May 2005

"Bloodlust" is another shameless repeating of "The Most Dangerous Game" premise (a groundbreaking classic from 1932), only it's a really dire and uninteresting one. This is a very bad film, but not even in an amusing way. Colorless characters, tedious and overlong speeches and no action at all. Two young couples strand on an island owned by an elderly, supposedly eccentric man. He explains that the military taught him to kill human beings and it quickly turned into an obsession. So, after he did his service, he bought himself an island where accomplices regularly provide him with new hunting-targets. The screenplay is incredibly stupid (for example, the four just politely listen to how they'll get killed instead of try and overmastering him) and the remote-island location is totally neglected. You haven't seen wooden acting until you witness some of the performances here and I was really surprised that the film only lasted 68 minutes... It seemed to take hours! There isn't much to say abut "Bloodlust!", except that you should never consider watching it. Not even when someone holds a loaded gun to your head and threatens to kill you.

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