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Night of the Bloody Apes (1969)
"La horripilante bestia humana" (original title)

 -  Horror | Sci-Fi  -  1972 (USA)
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This cheap Mexican horror film is a remake of Cardona's Doctor of Doom (1962), spiced with nudity, medical footage, women wrestling, and cheap gore shots. Female masked wrestler Lucy (who ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
José Elías Moreno ...
Dr. Krallman
Carlos López Moctezuma ...
Goyo
Armando Silvestre ...
Lt. Arturo Martinez
Norma Lazareno ...
Lucy Osorio
Agustín Martínez Solares ...
Julio Krallman (as Agustin Mtz. Solares)
Javier Rizo
Gerardo Zepeda ...
Monstruo (as Gerardo Cepeda)
Noelia Noel ...
Víctima
Gina Morett ...
Mujer en regadera
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This cheap Mexican horror film is a remake of Cardona's Doctor of Doom (1962), spiced with nudity, medical footage, women wrestling, and cheap gore shots. Female masked wrestler Lucy (who looks like the devil) beats the stuffing out of an opponent - a wrestling lady with a red costume like Catwoman. Lucy finally hurls her opponent from the squared circle and knocks her out cold. Although Lucy's cop boyfriend tries to convince her that it's all part of the show, Lucy can no longer handle the stress of wrestling. Meanwhile, a mad scientist (Dr. Krellman) attempts to cure his son's leukemia by doing the first 'ape-to-human' heart transplant. He decides to put a gorilla's heart into the lad and orders his flunky to "prepare the gorilla!". There is actual footage of a graphic open heart surgery inserted in the ape operation scenes. This of course causes the boy to turn into a big stinky man-ape. He becomes deformed and mutated, as he sprouts excessive facial hair and takes on the ... Written by Sujit R. Varma

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They rip, they claw, they tear you to pieces! See more »

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Features footage of an actual human heart transplant operation in two separate scenes. See more »

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When the girl is attacked in the park, the fake "grass" is accidently pushed aside, revealing the hard studio floor beneath. See more »

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Dr. Arturo Martinez: It's more probable that of late more and more you're watching in your television many of those pictures of terror.
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Prepare the gorilla! Possibly the pinnacle of Mexican schlock
3 July 2007 | by (Worcester, MA) – See all my reviews

This was one of the most puzzling entries on the legendary Video Nasty list. Cult film fans are no doubt familiar with this list compiled by British censors of horror films deemed unfit for the public. Many of the films' inclusions were certainly warranted ("Cannibal Holocaust", "Antropophagus", "Faces of Death"). However, "Night of the Bloody Apes" didn't deserve its inclusion on the list. Sure, there's sex and gore, but its so cheaply made and silly that its impossible to find even remotely offensive. Even the grisly heart surgery footage is so blatantly spliced in it becomes amusing. Where the film does warrant inclusion however is on a list of the all-time greatest bad movies. Mexico in the 60s produced many unintentionally hilarious and bizarre schlock films (such as the Santo series and "The Brainiac"), and "Night of the Bloody Apes" is possibly the most campy one of them all. Its just like the early 60s entries except with lots of gore and nudity.

There are several reasons why this bad film is so entertaining to watch. The concept itself (a scientist attempting to save his son from dying from leukemia by transplanting a gorilla's heart into him) is ridiculous and not exactly disturbing material. The female wrestling footage is also great fun to watch. The gore effects are laughably over-the-top and the dubbed dialog provides many snickers (my personal favorite being "Perhaps you have been seeing on your television too many pictures of terror"). The nudity and sexual violence are so silly they're hardly offensive. Also, the performances are hilarious. There's several admirable attempts at creating sympathetic characters, but the acting is so camp (with several hilarious emoting scenes), any chances of depth to the film is completely squandered. Despite the abundance of tasteless elements, this film retains the sense of nativity and innocence that trademarked the country's earlier b-films. "Night of the Bloody Apes" may as well be the pinnacle of Mexican schlock and one of the greatest bad movies ever made. (7/10)


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