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The Thirsty Dead (1974)

Beautiful young girls are kidnapped off the streets of Manila by a death cult that needs their blood to remain immortal.


Terry Becker


Terry Becker (story), Charles Dennis (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Complete credited cast:
Jennifer Billingsley ... Laura
John Considine ... Baru
Judith McConnell ... Claire
Tani Guthrie ... Ranu
Fredricka Meyers ... Ann (as Fredricka Myers)
Chiqui da Rosa Chiqui da Rosa ... Bonnie
Elena Sampson Elena Sampson ... Hala
Mary Walters Mary Walters ... Eva
Rod Navarro Rod Navarro ... Francisco
Vic Diaz ... Police lieutenant
Rick Rhorke Rick Rhorke ... Sailor


Beautiful young girls are kidnapped off the streets of Manila by a death cult that needs their blood to remain immortal.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


The crones are coming! See more »





USA | Philippines



Release Date:

6 September 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blood Hunt See more »

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de & be Productions See more »
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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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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Alternate Versions

The VHS video release under the title Blood Hunt is missing 25 seconds during the 1st escape scene in the hut. See more »


Referenced in The Big Box: A Christmas Story (2010) See more »

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Extremely unlikely to quench your thirst for horror.
13 October 2014 | by BA_HarrisonSee all my reviews

Shot in the Philippines, Z-grade horror The Thirsty Dead opens with voluptuous go-go dancer Claire (Judith McConnell) gyrating wildly in a cage as drunken sailors ogle admiringly. Shortly after her entertaining routine, the woman is abducted by hooded assailants, and the film goes rapidly downhill from thereon in.

Together with three other women—blonde beauty Ann (Fredricka Meyers), Filipino cutie Bonnie (Chiqui da Rosa), and Laura (Jennifer Billingsley), who ain't so attractive—Claire is transported to the remote jungle headquarters of a strange cult who drink a potion consisting of human blood and leaves that keeps them eternally young. Imprisoned in a papier-mâché cave, the girls are forced to wear sexy bikinis and are drugged for the bleeding ritual, all except for Laura, who is given the opportunity to enjoy immortality thanks to her resemblance to a painting by cult member Baru (John Considine). However, Laura isn't wild on the idea of eternity in a cave and refuses to drink the potion; together with the other three girls, she makes a bid for freedom.

As attractive as Claire, Ann and Bonnie are in their skimpy get-ups, The Thirsty Dead is still extremely hard going, a dreadfully sluggish pace, boring dialogue, a distinct lack of action, wooden performances, and lousy production values all taking their toll on the viewer. Not-so-special effects include the slicing of one of the girl's neck with a knife and the subsequent healing of the wound using a special leaf, a disembodied living head in a glass box (around which bucktoothed cult priestess Ranu, played by Tani Guthrie, does a tribal dance), and the rapid ageing of Baru as he goes beyond the cult's 'Ring of Age' in a bid to help the women escape (after a surprising change of heart).

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