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Bloodbath (1979)

Las flores del vicio (original title)
Hopeless American expatriates inhabit a small Spanish village where residents are mysteriously dying after the arrival of a religious cult.

Director:

Silvio Narizzano

Writers:

Gonzalo Suárez (screenplay), Gonzalo Suárez (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Carroll Baker ... Treasure
Dennis Hopper ... Chicken
Win Wells Win Wells ... Allen
Richard Todd ... Terence
Faith Brook ... Heather
Ivonne Sentis Ivonne Sentis ... Virginia
Rory MacDonald Rory MacDonald ... Turd
David Carpenter David Carpenter ... Salt
Inma de Santis Inma de Santis ... Currination
Swan Swan Swan Swan ... Yo Yo
Ana Pastor Ana Pastor ... Pucherita
Antonio Rebollo Antonio Rebollo ... Simon (as Tony Skios)
Alibe Parsons Alibe Parsons ... Susannah (as Alibe)
Maude Sweet Maude Sweet ... Mother
Davina Shaw Davina Shaw ... Bruja with guitar
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Chicken, a desperate hippie junkie living in a small Spanish village, is finding it difficult to separate fantasy and reality. This isn't helped by the villagers practising magic and child sacrifice, or his involvement with a group of boozy ex-patriots lost in their own dreams and regrets. Written by INFOFREAKO

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Dennis Hopper and Carroll Baker had previously worked together on Giant (1956) 18 years earlier. See more »

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Treasure: I bet you thought my name was Treasure, huh? Treasure Evans. Just like the rest of the world thought. My fans; my public. Bet you thought that there were my parents, looking down at this cuddly little baby and saying "Ah, isn't she a treasure?" Why don't we call her that? No, that ain't the way it happened.
Treasure: [she continues] No, there I was on my lovely, little sixteen year old backside. Or was I on my belly? I really don't remember. Well, anyway, right side up or upside down, there I was, ...
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Natural Me
by Georgann Rea and Marian Montgomery
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Like a bad acid trip— or maybe a good one, depending on where you're coming from
17 March 2015 | by drownnnsodaSee all my reviews

This bizarro cult thriller has a bunch of languid American expatriates dwelling in a dreary Spanish village on the sea. Among them are a hippie junkie with mommy issues (Dennis Hopper), a has-been Hollywood glamour queen (Carroll Baker), and a jaded gay man (Win Wells). The presence of a religious cult infiltrating the community has dire consequences as the American outcasts meet their individual demons.

"Bloodbath," also known as "The Sky is Falling" and "The Flowers of Vice," is, in a word, obscure— it's been rarely seen in North America, and is often quietly shuffled in with all of the really odd career choices Dennis Hopper made in the late seventies/early eighties in a substance abuse stupor. While this is a fair categorization, what's not fair is that this film deserves an audience that has no reasonable access to it.

For fans of bizarre, surrealist thrillers and horror films from the bygone acid era of the sixties and seventies, "Bloodbath" is quite an experience. Narrative cohesion here takes a backseat, while the individual stories of these characters weave in and out of fantasy and consciousness. While on one hand we have a sort of surrealist thriller, or even a giallo, we also very much have a tragedy, and that's one of the more interesting things about the film. Remnants of American culture are tormented by their own failures, and their successes. The fluid unspooling of the narrative framed in the context of the religious cult festival is strangely sublime.

Dennis Hopper plays up his role as the drugged-out hippie tormented by his upbringing; Carroll Baker, who oddly enough co-starred with Hopper in 1956's "Giant" alongside Hollywood royalty Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, and James Dean, arguably outshines him, and is fantastic in the role of a forgotten Hollywood starlet; the role is half-truth for Baker herself, and she uses this to her advantage. The fact that these two wound up together in such a production so many years later, both ostracized from the industry, would be a weird twist of fate in any other film, but it's almost an inverse normalcy here.

Overall, "Bloodbath" is a strangely eerie and thoroughly bizarre endeavor. It is a film that admittedly has a limited audience, but it is a pleasantly befuddling ninety minutes, and is prime viewing for anyone who has an affinity for some of the seventies' weirdest offerings, complete with child sacrifice, drugs, and tragic beauty queens. Definitely an "out there" flick, but for fans of bizarro thrillers, it's definitely worth seeking out. 7/10.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

22 October 1979 (Spain) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Aranjuez, Madrid, Spain See more »

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