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Hemoglobin (1997)

Bleeders (original title)
R | | Horror | 31 July 1997 (Italy)
A man travels to an island with his girlfriend in search of his relatives but he finds maybe more than what he wanted to know.

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Peter Svatek
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gillian Ferrabee Gillian Ferrabee ... Eva Van Daam / Her Twin Brother / John's Twin Sister
Pascal Gruselle Pascal Gruselle ... Vermeer
Roy Dupuis ... John Strauss
Kristin Lehman ... Kathleen Strauss
John Harold Cail John Harold Cail ... Ferryman
Joanna Noyes ... Byrde Gordon
Felicia Shulman ... Yolanda
Janine Theriault Janine Theriault ... Alice Gordon
Michelle Brunet Michelle Brunet ... Ramona
David Deveau David Deveau ... Ben
Spencer Evans Spencer Evans ... Squeakie
Rutger Hauer ... Dr. Marlowe
Carmen Ferland Carmen Ferland ... Mrs. Shea (as Carmen Ferlan)
Leni Parker ... Baby Laura
Lisa Bronwyn Moore Lisa Bronwyn Moore ... Toot (as Lisa Bronwyn-Moore)
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Storyline

A man with an unknown disease travels to an island with his girlfriend where his relatives once lived, hoping to find a cure to his illness. While it was thought that his relatives were all dead he actually finds them to be living underground. However because they have been inbreeding for all these years they don't look right, plus they have developed a pretty bad eating habit. Will he chose his girlfriend or his people? Written by <semihtareen@yahoo.com>

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Taglines:

It's in the blood

Genres:

Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some strong sexuality and violence | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 July 1997 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

The Descendant See more »

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Budget:

CAD8,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Goofs

In the prologue, the "King of Holland" is mentioned in relation to the year 1652. Holland was part of the Dutch Republic from 1581 through 1795, and had no king. See more »

Quotes

Kathleen Strauss: [after giving John a shot of his medicine] He'll sleep for awhile.
Dr. Marlowe: Let's hope he wakes up.
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Alternate Versions

The version released under the title, BLEEDERS is missing approximately one minute from the love scene between Roy Dupuis and Kristin Lehman, basically cutting out all of the nudity. The version titled, HEMOGLOBIN is uncut. See more »

Connections

Version of Lurking Fear (1994) See more »

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A pretty decent film
23 November 2004 | by Captain_RobertsSee all my reviews

An uncredited adaptation of the Lurking Fear, Hemoglobin (as it is titled in the current US DVD release) stars Rutger Hauer as a drunken doctor recently moved to a small New England fishing community. The arrival of John Strauss (played in near-albino fashion by Roy Dupuis) raises some interesting questions.

The basic theme of Lovecraft's story remains unchanged. A family of incest-deformed monsters live beneath the town, feeding on the dead. Of course, Lovecraft provided a description of the horror in the Lurking Fear and yet, to my knowledge, there is no adaptation that has bothered to be true to this fairly simple detail.

The movie is fairly fast paced, though the insertion of a sex scene comes off as forced and staged, interrupting the film's progression for the purpose of a few quick breast shots. The creature effects aren't that great, indeed, they are probably one of the poorer portions of the film. The footage of the underground catacombs though? That is just wonderful.

The film tries to play with atmosphere, and does us the courtesy of not waving badly made up monsters in our face. Indeed, one of the more tense scenes plays out mostly in shadow as the creatures storm the local lighthouse.


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