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Blood Song (1982)

A psychopath escapes from a mental institution and starts a murder spree, which ends in the pursuing of a young handicapped girl, who once got a blood transfusion from him.

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Alan J. Levi

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James Fargo (screenplay), Frank Avianca (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Donna Wilkes ... Marion
Richard Jaeckel ... Frank Hauser
Antoinette Bower ... Bea
Dane Clark ... Sheriff Gibbons
Lenny Montana ... Skipper
Frankie Avalon ... Paul Foley
William Kirby Cullen William Kirby Cullen ... Joey
Noelle North Noelle North ... Kathy
Jennifer Enskat ... Judith
Christopher Scarano Christopher Scarano ... Deputy Wilkins
Victor Izay ... Doctor
David Arndt David Arndt ... First Boy
Norman Brecke Norman Brecke ... Norm
Roydon Clark ... Watchman
Candace Dickey Candace Dickey ... Betty
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A psychopath escapes from a mental institution and starts a murder spree, which ends in the pursuing of a young handicapped girl, who once got a blood transfusion from him.

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When he whistles this tune ... The time for killing begins See more »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 October 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dream Slayer See more »

Filming Locations:

Coos Bay, Oregon, USA See more »

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Mono

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Color
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When BCI Eclipse obtained the rights to release Blood Song on DVD, they could not find any original elements or prints to transfer. This means the original elements and prints either no longer exist or are temporarily lost. BCI was then forced to use a video source to transfer instead. See more »

Quotes

Marion: I keep seeing this same lunatic killing people - crazy, like!
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Soundtracks

All In Your Mind
Music and Lyrics by Monty Turner
Performed by Lainie Kazan
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Somewhat Fair Slasher Flick
28 December 2006 | by Alien_I_CreatorSee all my reviews

Bloodsong (a.k.a. Dream Slayer) is a rare and almost totally forgotten horror trash flick made during the 1980s' boom of slasher films. Don't get me wrong, though. I say trash in a good way; defining the genre rather than the quality. Because, in quality this movie is quite mediocre and, actually, not at all that bad as some would make it out to be. It's sleazy, but by no means a sleaze flick. It's violent only to and extent. It's bloody, but not too much. And, although it was not a t.v. movie, it sometimes has the feel of one. On top of all this mediocrity, there are some assets to Bloodsong. The acting and storyline are pretty good, there's plenty of cheap 80s style and substance, and it's the only film in which you can see former teen heart throb Frankie Avalon play a hatchet wielding psycho.

Yes, you heard right. Frankie stars as Paul Foley, an escaped and homicidal mental patient, who prior to his liberation, supplied blood to a critically injured teenage girl brought to his hospital after a car wreck. The girl, Marion (played by Donna Wilkes), crippled but on her way to recovery at home, starts to have horrible visions of death both in dreams and awake. In other words, Paul's blood seems to have connected his mind to hers, making Marion an unwilling mental witness to his killing spree in which the murders always start off with him hauntingly playing a flute (hence, the title Bloodsong). Needless to say, it is inevitable that their paths will cross and it won't be nice.

Although far from a classic, Bloodsong is pretty entertaining and not a complete waste of time. The killings are semi-graphic but, otherwise, fully slasher film certified. Avalon surprisingly creates a creepy and menacing character. Another plus is that the plot is embellished by the fact that poor disabled Marion has a father who is an abusive alcoholic who makes her out to be a slut and gives her hell every chance he gets. That sub-story is worthy of the trashiest Lifetime movie of the week. If I had to make a comparison, I'd say this film is a mix between John Carpenter's Halloween (only much cheaper and not on Halloween) and William Lustig's Maniac (only toned down and a lot less bloody). So, mediocrity aside, Bloodsong is worth at least one view by all 80s slasher aficionados. Frankie would appreciate it.


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