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Blood Bath (1966)

Not Rated | | Horror | 2 March 1966 (USA)
A crazed artist who believes himself to be the reincarnation of a murderous vampire kills young women, then boils their bodies in a vat.

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Jack Hill (screenplay), Stephanie Rothman (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview:
William Campbell ... Antonio Sordi
Marissa Mathes Marissa Mathes ... Daisy Allen
Lori Saunders ... Dorean (as Linda Saunders)
Sandra Knight ... Donna Allen
Karl Schanzer ... Max, the artist (as Carl Schanzer)
Biff Elliot ... Cafe Manager
Sid Haig ... Abdul the Arab
Jonathan Haze ... Beatnik
Fred Thompson Fred Thompson ... Beatnik
David Ackles David Ackles ... Carousel Operator
Thomas Karnes Thomas Karnes
Frank Church Frank Church
David Miller David Miller
Jess Nichols Jess Nichols
Lowe Stephens Lowe Stephens
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A crazed artist who believes himself to be the reincarnation of a murderous vampire kills young women, then boils their bodies in a vat.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Shock by Shock You Will Feel the Chilling Terror! See more »

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Yugoslavia | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 March 1966 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Track of the Vampire See more »

Filming Locations:

Belgrade, Serbia See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TV)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Just over 9 minutes were cribbed from "Portrait in Terror." Jack Hill shot all the new scenes with William Campbell and most of the beatnik footage, while Stephanie Rothman added all the vampire footage. See more »

Alternate Versions

The television version of this film is called "Track of the Vampire" and restores approximately 11 minutes of footage (mostly outtakes) to the 69-minute theatrical-release version. The added footage includes an extended foot chase early in the film beween the vampire killer and one of his female victims, culminating in her death in the surf. Another addition is an impromptu and lengthy dance by leading lady Lori Saunders (here billed as Linda Saunders), performed on the beach. A third added sequence is a dialogue scene between actors William Campbell, Patrick Magee and an exotic dancer in a seaside nightclub. This sequence was lifted from the Yugoslavian thriller known as "Portrait of Terror" in its English-dubbed version; background footage from this film had already been liberally sprinkled throughout "Blood Bath". See more »

Connections

Featured in Son of Svengoolie: Track of the Vampire (1966) (1981) See more »

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A mad killer is stalking Bobbie Jo Bradley!
22 January 2002 | by reptilicusSee all my reviews

This is complicated so pay attention. Roger Corman bought an unfinished film shot in Europe called OPERATION TITIAN concerning the hunt by both cops and crooks for a stolen Titian painting. Patrick Magee was the star. At the same time Jack Hill was shooting a movie in Venice, CA about an artist (biker film alumnus William Campbell) who kills his models and dips them in boiling wax (where have we heard THAT before?). By combining the footage, a trick he was to do many times in the 60's Corman created a film that essentially made no sense at all. Now that has never stopped our Roger so he brought in new director Stephanie Rothman who added an effect new to American movies, an oil dissolve, and shot even more footage to create a film about an artist who sometimes transforms into his remote ancestor who was falsely accused of witchcraft and burned at the stake only to return as a vengeance seeking vampire. Got all that? The stolen Titian painting was lost in the shuffle and Patrick Magee shows up only briefly as a jealous husband who gets dumped alive into the boiling wax.

Meanwhile watch for Corman regulars Jonathan Haze, Sid Haig and Carl Schanzer turn up as Beatniks (leftover characters from BUCKET OF BLOOD perhaps?) who hang out in a coffee house, argue about art and use the word "quantum" a little too frequently. Also in the cast is Lori Saunders (billed here as "Linda") who went on the play the airhead, would-be journalist Bobbie Jo Bradley on "Petticoat Junction". This time she plays a dancer who is in love with Campbell never suspecting what he does with his models. She has a lengthy (8 minutes by my stopwatch!) scene where she does an interpretive dance on the beach and models 3 bikinis, each one smaller than the one before it, during the film.

I do believe Joe Spinell saw this movie since the ending of his film MANIAC borrows liberally from the climax of BLOOD BATH.

PS: This was not Lori Saunders only encounter with a mad killer. She would be chased by an axe wielding psychopath in a Tor Johnson mask (!) in SO SAD ABOUT GLORIA (1972).


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