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29 October 1971 (USA) See more »
A cancer researcher on a remote Caribbean island discovers that by treating the natives with snake venom he can turn them into bug-eyed zombies... See more » | Add synopsis »
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They should have gone to Candy Apple Island. They have the voodoo, but not as much. See more (47 total) »


  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)
William Joyce ... Tom Harris
Heather Hewitt ... Jeannie Biladeau
Walter Coy ... Charles Bentley
Dan Stapleton ... Duncan Fairchild
Betty Hyatt Linton ... Coral Fairchild
Robert Stanton ... Dr. Biladeau
Vanoye Aikens
Rebecca Oliver
Matt King (as Matthew King)
George-Ann Williamson
Don Strawn ... Leader, Calypso Band (as Don Strawn's Calypso Band)

Directed by
Del Tenney 
Writing credits
Del Tenney (written by)

Produced by
Jesse Hartman .... associate producer
Dan Stapleton .... associate producer
Del Tenney .... producer
Original Music by
Lon E. Norman 
Cinematography by
François Farkas (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Lawrence C. Keating  (as Larry Keating)
Casting by
Doris Bernhardt 
Art Direction by
Robert Verberkmoes 
Makeup Department
Guy Del Russo .... makeup artist
Production Management
Mel Pape .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William Grefe .... second unit director
Sound Department
Ed Wright .... sound (as Edmund Wright)
Del Tenney .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Leonard De Munde .... assistant camera (as Leonard DeMunde)
Edmund Gibson .... camera operator (as Ed Gibson)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jane Hagerty .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Monte Schwartz .... assistant editor (as Monty Swartz)
Music Department
Lon E. Norman .... conductor
Other crew
Frances Hidden .... production secretary

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Also Known As:
"Zombies" - USA (original title)
"Caribbean Adventure" - , USA (original script title)
"Voodoo Blood Bath" - USA (promotional title)
"Zombie Bloodbath" - International (English title) (imdb display title)
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84 min
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Although the title for was to have been "Zombies", "Zombie" or "Invasion of the Zombies", director Del Tenney used "Caribbean Adventure" as a working title because he didn't want the Key Biscayne residents to know he was making a horror film. At one time "Voodoo Blood Bath" was considered.See more »
Coral Fairchild:Oh Mister Bentley, what a lovely house you have. It's so tropical!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in City Women (1971)See more »


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9 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
They should have gone to Candy Apple Island. They have the voodoo, but not as much., 24 July 2007
Author: yetanotherharris from Satan's Colon

Somewhere between WHITE ZOMBIE and THE SERPENT AND THE RAINBOW, there was I EAT YOUR SKIN, a funky little drive-in flick from the mid-1960's featuring zombies. For those of you not familiar with the genre, there are two basic types of zombie movies out there: the most commonly known type features carnivorous corpses that can be stopped by a shot to the head; the more traditional movies feature zombies that, living or undead, are subservient to a voodoo practitioner of some sort. Despite the somewhat misleading title, this movie features the latter type of zombie. That's right; I EAT YOUR SKIN contains absolutely no eating of skin whatsoever.

The story revolves around writer Tom Harris (William Joyce), a young stud who is surrounded by the ladies. He is coaxed into a trip to a little out-of-the-way place aptly called Voodoo Island for his next story. When the group arrives on the ominous Voodoo Island, they quickly encounter a zombie, who attacks with a machete. As time goes on, it becomes apparent that the zombies are trying to get their hands on young hottie Jeannie Biladeau (Heather Hewitt), whom, because she is supposedly a virgin (yeah, right), is needed as a sacrifice for some sort of Voodoo Island voodoo ritual.

In terms of quality, this is fairly low grade. I understand that it sat on the shelves for four years before being shown as part of a double feature at a drive-in. The acting is awful; Charles Bentley (played by Walter Coy) was particularly unsteady. As this was a movie made in a very different time, politically incorrect behavior is shown in scene after scene. Most of the male characters regularly treat objects like women, man.

I EAT YOUR SKIN is very reminiscent of the works of Ed Wood on just about every level (although I think Wood was a bit weirder), so fans of his work should love it. I purchased this movie as part of the Chilling Classics 50 Movie Pack, but I have read reviews that suggest that this movie is not included on some versions of the Chilling Classics set. Let the buyer beware. The cheapest way to see this movie is to find it online; as this is a public domain film, it can be found for free.

For those interested in the subject matter but wanting a much better movie, consider taking a look at Wes Craven's THE SERPENT AND THE RAINBOW.

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