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Blood Beat (1983)

R | | Horror | Video December 1988
A woman who lives in deer-hunting country in rural Wisconsin is possessed by the spirit of a Japanese samurai warrior.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Helen Benton ... Cathy
Terry Brown ... Gary
Dana Day ... Dolly
James Fitzgibbons ... Ted
Claudia Peyton ... Sarah
Peter Spelson Peter Spelson ... Uncle Pete
Franck Miley Franck Miley ... Paul
Carol Wagner Carol Wagner ... Christie
Charlie White Charlie White ... Sheriff
Andrea Cauchon Andrea Cauchon ... Little Girl
Bill Madlener Bill Madlener ... 1st Hunter
Duane Albrecht Duane Albrecht ... 2nd Hunter
Cleatus Gouldman Cleatus Gouldman ... 3rd Hunter
Mark Johnson Mark Johnson ... 4th Hunter
Ronald Drachenberg Ronald Drachenberg ... 1st Attendant
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A woman who lives in deer-hunting country in rural Wisconsin is possessed by the spirit of a Japanese samurai warrior.

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USA

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English

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December 1988 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Bloodbeat See more »

Filming Locations:

Spring Green, Wisconsin, USA See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Director Fabrice A. Zaphiratos lived at the house that was used as the main location during the shooting of this movie. See more »

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What the hell was that all about? Answers on a postcard, please...
19 February 2018 | by BA_HarrisonSee all my reviews

Sarah (Claudia Peyton) accompanies her boyfriend Ted (James Fitzgibbons) and his sister Dolly (Dana Day) to the rural Wisconsin home of their mother Cathy (Helen Benton) and her partner Gary (Terry Brown) to celebrate the holidays. During a spot of deer hunting (just the ticket to get one in the festive spirit) Sarah freaks out, after which things get very strange indeed: running through the woods, Sarah stumbles into a man with a stomach wound; Cathy gets the feeling that she knows Sarah from somewhere else (why? I haven't the foggiest); Sarah finds a samurai outfit in a trunk (which promptly vanishes with no explanation), Cathy paints uncontrollably; and someone dressed in the samurai garb starts to kill people with his katana. From time to time, the picture is solarised for the samurai's POV, and in the craptabulous finalé, several of the characters' hands begin to pulse with energy for a baffling showdown against the killer.

I haven't the faintest idea what writer/director Fabrice A. Zaphiratos was thinking when he made this oddball horror-very little about the film makes sense-and the result is definitely one of the strangest films of the '80s. Unless you're a fan of the completely absurd, give this one a miss. Even if you are a fan of the completely absurd, think seriously before viewing.

Some brief nudity and a smattering of gore earn this mess a paltry 3/10.


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