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The Pirates of Blood River (1962)

A group of ruthless pirates attack a 17th Century Huguenot settlement on the Isle of Devon in search of treasure and will stop at nothing to obtain it.

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Jonathon Standing
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Mack, a pirate
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In a village of Huguenot refugees, Jonathon Standing is exiled by his father to a nearby penal colony for his improper relationship with a married woman. This penal colony is then invaded by pirates who force Jonathan to lead them back to his village, convinced that it contains a great treasure. Written by dinky-4 of Minneapolis

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Ransacking a lost tropic island... for a fabulous idol of gold!


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The film was originally given an 'X' certificate for its cinema release by UK censor John Trevelyan. Hammer then decided they wanted an 'A' certificate so the film was trimmed of violence with heavy cuts to the killing of Maggie by piranhas. After reconsidering again Hammer decided to settle for a 'U' certificate so further cuts were made which edited all the piranha scenes, the blindfolded sword-fight, the attack on the farm, a shot of a hanged man's legs, and the overdubbing of words such as 'harlot' and 'adulterer'. See more »

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When the blindfolded pirates fight and a pirate hides inside a wooden frame, he is shown is subsequent scenes with his sword either straight out in front or to the side against the frame. See more »

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Brocaire, a pirate: [Realizes the sword thrust through him is fatal] Oh, Mama...
[He falls over dead]
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A Ship! My kingdom for a ship!
14 January 2016 | by (the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls) – See all my reviews

"Pirates of Blood River" starts out quite promising and exhilarating, to say the least… On a strictly Protestant island community, a young man and an adulterous woman are caught in the act by the woman's husband and the isle's ruler (who's also the young man's father). The petrified girl flees and jumps into a river where she instantly gets devoured by thousands of piranhas, while the man – Jonathan Standing – is exiled to a neighboring prison island for hard labor. He quickly escapes from there but then literally bumps into the eye-patched captain La Roche (Hammer deity Christopher Lee) and his motley pirate crew. They force Standing to lead them to his native island, as La Roche is obsessed with stealing the huge golden treasure that is allegedly hidden somewhere there. As many of my fellow reviewers already righteously pointed out, the most remarkable thing about these "pirates" of Blood River is that they don't have a ship! Sure there are some vague stock footage images of random ships in the distance and a couple of scenes with constructed cabin sets near the beginning of the film, but apart from that everything takes place on land! I can't really fathom why, as the film got produced in the early sixties and thus after a period when Hammer Studios booked some tremendous successes already with grisly horror movies like "Curse of Frankenstein", "Horrors of Dracula" and "The Mummy". In other words, I reckon that Hammer should have had some budget to spend on building a ship, but clearly they didn't think it was absolutely necessary. Don't allow for this to spoil the fun, though, as there are definitely several memorable sequences to enjoy. Any film that features bloodthirsty piranhas receives an additional point in my personal book, and there are more cool scenes, for example the sword duel between two blindfolded pirates (one of them being the almighty Oliver Reed in one of his early Hammer roles) and nasty traps hidden all over the island. There's also a fun scene in which the pirates march through soiled water. Fun to watch, at least, because reportedly many of the actors – including Reed and Lee – suffered from unpleasant little injuries after filming this. "Pirates of Blood River" is by no means a mandatory Hammer must-see, but I warmly recommend it to fans of entertaining low-budget action flicks, pirate lovers and admirers of Christopher Lee.


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