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Beast of Blood [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

John Ashley    DVD
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  • Actors: John Ashley
  • Format: Colour, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Alpha Video
  • DVD Release Date: 23 Feb 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B0036K9CPK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 29,444 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Weak 7 Nov 2010
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I'm not going to waste too much time on this as it's easily the weakest of the Blood Island series, though it opens well minutes after the end of Mad Doctor of Blood Island. The monster is on board the boat and kills lots of people. the boat explodes, the monster ends up back on Blood Island and months later John Ashley (the only survivor) is on his way back to Blood Island with a new leading lady.

The Mad Doctor has survived but is now played by Eddie Garcia and he orders the kidnap of leading lady Celeste Yarnall and the rescue mission takes up most of the rest of the movie. The nubile daughter of the chief removes her top to seduce our hero but he has the hots for the (white) leading lady. The monster, who can survive having his head and body separated, doesn't play much part. There's a fair bit of splatter but it has little impact despite what it says on the DVD sleeve above. Considering this was written/produced/directed by Eddie Romero it's a big disappointment with none of the creaky charm of the previous films.
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3.0 out of 5 stars "Doctor, you're a sterling character and a brilliant scientist but this cloak and dagger bit just isn't your bag." 6 Jun 2006
By cookieman108 - Published on
Where Brides of Blood (1968) was the first of the Blood Island trilogy of films, Mad Doctor of Blood Island (1968) was the most popular, and this one, the third and final feature in the series titled Beast of Blood (1971) was actually the most successful, appearing in more venues and drawing in larger audiences due to the popularity of the previous two films. Produced, co-written, and directed by Eddie Romero (Mad Doctor of Blood Island, Brides of Blood, Beast of the Yellow Night), the film features John Ashley (High School Caesar, Muscle Beach Party, Hell On Wheels) and Celeste Yarnall (The Face of Eve, The Velvet Vampire). Also appearing is Eddie Garcia (Black Mamba, Sudden Death), Bruno Punzalan (Mad Doctor of Blood Island), and Beverly Miller (Beast of the Yellow Night), who also provided the story (a rather lame one at that, I might add).

Picking up directly where Mad Doctor of Blood Island left off we see Dr. Bill Foster (Ashley) on a ship heading away from Blood Island, but things go awry as the fungus man/beast with green blood and homicidal tendencies, who stowed away on the ship prior to its leaving, goes insane in the membrane (insane in the brain!), killing a number of crewmen with an axe before causing a fire that ultimately destroys the vessel. Both Bill and the creature escape, the former knocked unconscious and later rescued while the latter returns to the island, slightly crispier from the fire and soggier from the water. Sometime afterward we see Bill returning to the island (God knows why), along with a plucky reporter named Myra Russell (Yarnall) who's just itching to get the scoop on the not so groovy happenings on the island. The natives don't seem all that happy to see Bill, probably due to the fact that whenever he shows up, things tend to go down the tubes. If'n it were up to me, I'd probably kill his tainted ash and be done with it, but whatever...another thing I've noticed...there aren't as many attractive native women around as there was previously, probably due to the fact a good number of them were either killed of sacrificed in the past. Well, at least there is one that stands out, a slightly pudgy, scantily clad woman named Laida, whom I'm sure Ashley's character will get an opportunity to bag later on...anyway, events lead up to Bill discovering Dr. Lorca, played by Eddie Garcia here, along with his bald. Mute, machete-wielding manservant Razak (Punzalan), managed to survive the last film (a little worse for wear in Lorca's case as besides a limp, he now sports an eye patch and the entire left side of his face had been melted). Not only that, but he's been continuing his `green blood' experiments in a secret laboratory set in the mountains, having captured the fungus man after it washed up on the beach. Poor fungus man...not only is he singed and subsequently quite a bit funkier than before, but now Lorca has gone off and removed his head, keeping both parts alive while conducting vile and nasty experiments on various prisoners. Eventually Lorca kidnaps Myra, Bill mounts a rescue, yadda, yadda, yadda...

It's interesting as in the previous two Blood Island films, there wasn't so much an actual story, but a series of loosely connected events leading up to climatic finales. In Beast of Blood, there is a bit more of a structured story, so it's a little easier to follow, but the downside is so little actually happens. The film opens with a bang, followed by an excessive amount of tedium, capped off with decent ending. Seriously, so much time is spent watching the main characters traipsing around the jungle doing a whole lot of nothing. I was disappointed how little creature action there was in this movie, compared to the previous films...the main monster, who actually looks decent compared to the previous film, spends most of its time with its head on a tray and its body on a gurney, connected to an assortment of electronic gizmos (as I mentioned earlier, Lorca removed the head and managed to keep the separate parts alive). The creature make-up looks a bit more sophisticated than in the previous films, indicating perhaps a slightly larger budget was allocated, but, like I said, there's not much creature action, so it all felt a little pointless. You know what's really funny to me in these films is how Ashley, a poor man's Elvis (besides an actor, Ashley was also a rockabilly singer) was portrayed. Ashley was a modestly handsome man, I'll give him that, but if you were to believe the characters in these films you'd think no creature, woman nor beast, with a pair of ovaries was able to resist Ashley's manly charms, oozing machismo, mutton chop sideburns, and duck tailed hairdo ala Fonzie from the sitcom "Happy Days". Seriously, in each one of these movies he's got like at least two women throwing themselves at him, begging to be shagged by this 1950s throwback. Oddly enough, Bill declines to get it on with the busty native woman Laida (he probably saw how handy she was with a knife), but does manage to pull it together to put it to Myra (Ms.Yarnall had quite the attractive figure, and we do get to see a bit of it during the shagging aka bungle in the jungle sequence). As far as the gore content, there is some spurting blood as we see one hapless schmuck get tossed into a tiger trap (a hole covered in leaves, the bottom populated by sharpened, wooden stakes), while another gets riddled in the chest by a machine gunner with a twitchy finger (Lorca's mercenary army was less than capable). In another sequence we actually see Lorca in an operating room, cutting (more like hacking) into the flesh of something with a scalpel (it was meant to be a human, but I suspect it was a deceased goat). While entertaining, I just didn't get the overall sense of filthy fun I had gotten from the previous films. The potential was here (I liked the headless fungus man bits), but sans the sleaze this comes off as just another jungle adventure flick with the occasional appearance of a monster.

The restored picture, presented in fullscreen (1.33:1) format, on this Image Entertainment release looks very good. It does show signs of aging (some lines, white specking, etc.). The Dolby Digital mono audio comes through very well. As far as extras included, there's a short audio commentary track featuring distributor Sam Sherman, an interview with director Eddie Romero, an interview w/ Celeste Yarnell conducted by Sam Sherman, a `lost' opening sequence, a "House of Terror" live horror show promo, a still gallery, liner notes by Jim Arena, a Beast of Blood essay by Christopher William Koenig, and a trailer for this film, along with ones for Brides of Blood (1968), Mad Doctor of Blood Island (1968), Brain of Blood (1972), Blood of the Vampires (1971), The Blood Drinkers (1966), Raiders of the Living Dead (1986), and Horror of the Blood Monster (1970).


By the way, if you're interesting in getting this DVD release, I'd suggest trying to find the four DVD set titled The Blood Island Vacation, released by Image Entertainment, which includes the following...Brides of Blood (1968), Mad Doctor of Blood Island (1968), Beast of Blood (1971), and Brain of Blood (1972). It appears significantly less expensive than buying the titles separately.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Classic Drive-In Wonder, Okay DVD 2 Jan 2004
By Arno Parke - Published on
This no-budget wonder from Eddie Romero (The Orson Welles of the Phillipine Islands) and Hemisphere studios is a great throwback to the Drive-In era. 'Beast' is the third entry in the 'Blood Island' series (fourth if you count 'Terror is a Man'). This one has a well concieved monster, surprisingly gory kills (for its' day), 'mondo' jungle ambience, silly sub-Bond intrigue and yes, even some topless babes going for it. The DVD has some nice extras, but I do have some complaints. First, the print used for this DVD transfer is hurting. They claim it's been restored, but I just can't believe it. This thing's riddled with scratches and artifacting and is so dark in places, it's hard to make out what's going on. Also the commentary by the producer is a real snoozer. He goes on and on about the minutae of Hemisphere's history and repeats himself endlessly, not really giving much insight into the making of 'Beast'. That said, I got the impression that Image really was trying to do the best they could with this DVD and that's more than can be said of most genre DVD releases. Even with the drawbacks, this disk is a welcome addition to any schlock-fiend's library and I especially enjoyed the interview with Romero.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Other Romero... 19 Jun 2010
By Bindy Sue FrÝnkŁnschtein - Published on
Eddie Romero's classic BLOOD ISLAND trilogy concludes w/ BEAST OF BLOOD. Global mega-star, John Ashley returns as gun-toting pathologist, Dr. Foster. BEAST picks up right where MAD DOCTOR OF BLOOD ISLAND left off. The chlorophyll zombie / monster has survived, and goes on another killing spree! Foster is the sole survivor of the creature's attack. Joined by a reporter (Celeste Yarnall), Foster hunts the monster, enlisting a band of natives, including a beautiful woman who is very handy w/ her huge throwing knife! Uh-oh! The eeevil Dr. Lorca (Eddie Garcia) seems to have returned as well! He's continued to carry out his diabolical chlorophyll experiments! Can Dr. Foster and his crew possibly stop Lorca? Will the now decapitated monster rise from Lorca's lab? Will there be more excuses for young lasses to take their tops off? Of course! Add this baby to your collection immediately!... P.S.- My favorite quote from the movie: "Re-attach the artificial head!"...
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A HEAD Of It's Time! 10 July 2008
By Stanley Runk - Published on
Beast Of Blood is a sequel to Mad Doctor of Blood Island, and the last of the Blood Island trilogy. Therefore I certainly wouldn't recommend it unless you've already seen Mad Doctor. Like Halloween 2 or the Phantasm sequels, this film begins almost immediately after the events of the previous film.
That pesky chlorophyll monster has survived and has made it back to Blood Island after massacring everyone aboard the boat back to the mainland......everybody except for John Ashley that is! Ashley returns to Blood Island after recovering from the boat explosion in the hopes of hunting down and killing the chlorophyll beast....THE BEAST OF BLOOD! Now he's teamed up with a blonde reporter named Myra(she's kinda got the hots for him, and that's understandable coz who in their right mind wouldn't have the hots for John Ashley?). Once on Blood Island, Ashley finds out that not only has the Beast survived, but so has his nemesis, Dr. Lorca(now played by Eddie Garcia). Lorca's keeping the Beast in his lab. The Beast has somehow lost his head, and now the head and body are kept separate as Lorca tries different experiments with the body. Lorca kidnaps Myra to lure Ashley, and the final battle of Blood Island is fought.
This is probably the least entertaining of the trilogy. A good chunk of the film pretty much consists of John Ashley wandering around the jungle and his plan to find Myra and free her. There's very little monster action. The film begins with a bang as the Beast grabs an axe and goes to town aboard the boat, hacking folks into coleslaw. But aside from that bit of nasty fun, he spends most of the time strapped to a examination table(his body does anyway). I guess it could have succeeded as a kind of quirky adventure film if the scenes in the jungle in pursuit of Myra were in the least bit exciting, but they're not. The film only really comes alive when the Beast is onscreen which is too rare. The Beast has been given a modified and cooler look now. His eyes are more defined and he has a nasty set of fangs, which looks much more sinister than the mossy blob of a face he had in the previous film.
The movie has the same look and feel of the previous movies, so it has that good ol' feeling of familiarity if you'd enjoyed the series.
Beast of Blood isn't terrible and will surely be a must-see if you saw the previous two films. Though a bit of a letdown, it does have it's moments. So, if you dig wacky Filipino John Ashley movies with headless green blooded monsters and sexy island chicks, you could do worse than this one.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars beast of blood 29 Mar 2013
By wayne shepherd - Published on
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this film is the third of the blood island trilogy myself i enjoyed it immensely this movie kept me watching until the end and what an end usual a mad scientist turning everyone into zombies for his own reasons an army to dominate but good verses over evil and the lab is destroyed. the story and the acting is okay the audio and picture quality is good i like zombie movies and this series is fantastic i recommend these movies for anyone who likes zombie films you wont be disappointed wayne shepherd
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