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I Drink Your Blood (1970)

R | | Horror | December 1970 (USA)
A group of hippies wreak havoc on a small town and a young boy, whose grandfather and sister were attacked by them, decides to get even, with deadly results.

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David E. Durston (as David Durston)

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David E. Durston (as David Durston)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bhaskar Roy Chowdhury ... Horace Bones (as Bhaskar)
Jadin Wong Jadin Wong ... Sue-Lin (as Jadine Wong)
Rhonda Fultz Rhonda Fultz ... Molly (as Ronda Fultz)
George Patterson George Patterson ... Rollo
Riley Mills ... Pete Banner
John Damon John Damon ... Roger Davis
Elizabeth Marner-Brooks Elizabeth Marner-Brooks ... Mildred Nash
Richard Bowler Richard Bowler ... Doc Banner
Tyde Kierney Tyde Kierney ... Andy
Arlene Farber Arlene Farber ... Sylvia (as Iris Brooks)
Alex Mann Alex Mann ... Shelley
Bruno Damon Bruno Damon ... Rabid Guy
Mike Gentry Mike Gentry ... Rabid Guy
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A band of satanist hippies roll into a town and begin terrorizing the local folk. They rape a local girl and her grandpa goes after them. He fails and is given LSD. This bothers his grandson and he gets back at the hippies by feeding them meat pies infected with blood from a rabid dog. They turn into crazed lunatics and begin killing and/or infecting everything in their path. Written by Josh Pasnak <chainsaw@intouch.bc.ca>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

December 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Phobia See more »

Filming Locations:

Sharon Springs, New York, USA

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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The bit where the snake farmer looses his dentures while being attacked by Horace was accidental. In fact the actor even smiles in the footage but the moment was so quirky it was kept in the film. See more »

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When Rollo is about to stab Roger while he is on the table, right before Rollo raises the dagger, you can see a crew member in the far back left of the house See more »

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[first lines]
Horace Bones: [addressing hippies] Let it be known to all the spirits that I am a Capricorn, living in The Tenth House... the house of our lord Satan. Let it be known to all the spirits that I, Horace Bones, was born into Hell, and reborn to this Earth. Let all the spirits here know that I am the first-born son of Satan! He commands my thoughts! I speak his words! Sons and daughters of Satan, put aside your worldly things and come to me.
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Alternate Versions

The film was originally 83 minutes long. When submitted to the MPAA it received an X-rating. Mishkin went ahead and released it uncut with a phony "R" rating attached to it. When the MPAA caught wind of this, Mishkin withdrew all prints and had them individually edited. He left in more gore depending on which territory was receiving that particular print. For example, the south and the inner cities received an uncut version while other, more conservative markets received variously watered down prints. The uncut, 83 minute print has been completely restored and is the version currently shown on video release. See more »

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one of *the* awesomely bad exploitation flicks of the early 70s; doesn't mean it's any good, but it's bad fun while it lasts
1 May 2007 | by MisterWhiplashSee all my reviews

David E. Durston's most readily available motion picture- which means it's the only one that isn't either an obscure porno or others- is I Drink Your Blood, a quickie made for peanuts and meant to be artful to those who have said peanuts in their brain. All you need to know: satanic hippies- a winning contradiction of course- find an abandoned house, beat up grandpa (who looks very oddly enough like Luis Bunuel), and the grandson gets angry enough to shoot a rabies infected dog, draw out its blood with a syringe, inject the blood into MEAT PIES (yes, meat pies, what kind of meat is meant as an eternal mystery), and the Charles Manson wannabes eat em up. The response: they all become, to one extent or another, ravaging quasi-zombies who go after the rural folk one by one, some with a pure ravenous delirium like the black hippie or the native American, and others who's madness grows more steadily (the women in the group). There's even one, I won't say who, goes almost Shaolin-style on the situation.

Filled with nobody actors who probably all knew they were going nowhere all the same (save perhaps for Lynne Lowry, who had somewhat of a successful B-movie career with her cat-eyes appearing later on in the Crazies), it's a cheapo attempt to cash in on Night of the Living Dead, but it does have some really f***ed up ambition going for it in hindsight: it's quite possibly the very first (un-official) Troma production. Spared all expense, I Drink Your Blood shoots its financial wad on what little special effects and gore and make-up there needs to be, and that alone. No need to get things like the *foam* from rabies infected people right, just dab some shaving cream. And why bother rehearsing (at least, that's what the way it seems of course), which is more than evident in possibly the worst child actor I've ever seen in a schlock fest playing the kid who starts this whole she-bang. Yet it is, living up to its hype, a very violent movie, however without a single socially redeeming statement in the process.

But unlike some other ultra-violent horror fests of the period (Last House on the Left immediately comes to mind), I Drink Your Blood isn't really out for loftier goals than to shock, and Durston's most significant achievement, if nothing else, is to make all of this bad crap really, hysterically funny, if only in big bursts amid scenes that are also, predictably, dull. The aforementioned Chinese character is the oddest one to have in a satanic LSD cult, though it's also a lot of fun seeing how sleazy the director can get in exploiting racial stereotypes. Of course, due to budget constraints, no "daring" exposes of what it MUST be like to trip, however just watching the hippies chow down on the meat pies is enough to get some chuckles. It might even make for a decent do-it-yourself Mystery Science Theater night, as the ultra-violent rabies-infected LSD-satanic-hippie movie was sort of left in the dust during the show's run.


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