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Terry Becker (story)
Charles Dennis (screenplay)
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Release Date:
6 September 1974 (USA) See more »
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They need a special liquid to stay young. It is red, thick and warm! See more »
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Beautiful young girls are kidnapped off the streets of Manila by a death cult that needs their blood to remain immortal. | Full synopsis »
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Cast

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Jennifer Billingsley ... Laura

John Considine ... Baru

Judith McConnell ... Claire
Tani Guthrie ... Ranu
Fredricka Meyers ... Ann (as Fredricka Myers)
Chiqui da Rosa ... Bonnie
Elena Sampson ... Hala
Mary Walters ... Eva
Rod Navarro ... Francisco
Vic Diaz ... Police lieutenant
Rick Rhorke ... Sailor
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Ken Metcalfe ... Helicopter Pilot (uncredited)
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Directed by
Terry Becker 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Terry Becker  story
Charles Dennis  screenplay
Lou Whitehill  story

Produced by
Wesley E. De Pue .... producer
Carlos H. Reyes .... associate producer
Terry Becker .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Richard LaSalle 
 
Cinematography by
Nonong Rasca 
 
Film Editing by
Anthony DiMarco  (as Tony Di Marco)
 
Art Direction by
Robert Formoso  (as Robert Formosa)
 
Makeup Department
Cecille Baun .... makeup artist
Mely Sioson .... hair stylist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jose Velasco .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Levy Principe .... sound mixer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
George Rosales .... electrician
 
Music Department
Richard LaSalle .... conductor
 
Other crew
Jun Almazon .... script clerk
Vic Diaz .... production coordinator
 
Crew believed to be complete


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88 min
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Baru:Friends? It was understood that you were unknown to each other.
Laura:You make friends quickly when you share a cell!
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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
THE THIRSTY DEAD (Terry Becker, 1974) *1/2, 14 April 2008
Author: MARIO GAUCI (marrod@melita.com) from Naxxar, Malta

This was included in the "Living Dead" 9-film collection I rented; however, there are no zombies here – and the title itself isn't a reference to anything in particular! The Widescreen print of this one was the best-looking from the four titles I watched – but the same can't be said of the film, which is perhaps the least of them (certainly the campiest, particularly where costumes are concerned)!

Starting off with a White Slavery-type plot, it soon falls into formulaic "She" territory – involving a lost civilization who has achieved immortality (presided over by a disembodied living head preserved in a block of ice!). This gives it an old-fashioned air (the film is remarkably chaste) and makes the whole incongruous alongside the permissiveness prevalent in exploitation/horror fare of the time (though, at least, three of its female protagonists look good in skimpy jungle attire).

One of the women happens to look just like the painting of a blonde who had appeared to these enlightened people in a vision – so, instead of draining her slowly of blood, they want her to join their fold and be initiated into their lifestyle (which doesn't sit well with one of the girl's companions, a go-go dancer, who would love to exchange places with her…especially since the heroine will have no part of this deal!). A high priest falls for her and, eventually, helps the survivors escape (and liberates the imprisoned old hags, remnants of their 'experiments' over the centuries) – except that, once he gets near to the modern world, starts reverting to his real decrepit age!

The film offers no surprises whatsoever but, what really gets it down, is a serious pacing problem – being not so much slow-moving as ineptly-handled, the direction showing a distinct lack of judgment with respect to cutting where it could benefit story and suspense the most! For the record, I followed this with a bunch of trailers included on another disc in the set: I was particularly enticed by the ones for THE ASTRO-ZOMBIES (1968) – for how bad it appears to be, not to mention the momentous pairing of John Carradine and Tura Satana! – and THE CHILD (1977) – yet another EXORCIST clone.

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