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Mad Doctor of Blood Island [DVD] [1969] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Language: English
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006FMBH
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A young woman goes to an island looking for her missing father, she accompanied by a young man who, whilst there begins to look into the mysterious attacks by "green men" and a sinister doctor who may have something to hide.

Second of Eddie Romero's blood island trilogy and arguably the best, but this is still a very average monster movie. The immediate feeling of the of the film seems very old fashioned even for 1969, the music sound like an old 40's B-Pic, the story (doctor contaminating man, creating monster) is fresh from a poverty row 1940's PRC/Monogram picture and even the monster looks old. What isn't old is the effects, although not earth shatteringly wonderful there are severed limbs, heads being ripped off and enough blood & guts for everyone, it is quite surprising how violent the film is at times given how "old fashioned" the film is. John Ashley & Angelique Pettyjohn are the American stars, Ashley as with most in the film is as wooden as the set, Pettyjohn gives a decent turn (in fact she's the best actor in it), and looks stunning, the pacing is quite jarring, nothing happens for long periods but then suddenly the film sparks into life and actually becomes quite watchable, what isn't so watchable is Romero's constant need for fast in & out zooming of the camera, it's so annoying it will make many people switch it off.

A Section 3 nasty here in the UK for the, quite bloody, violence and a scene (cut from the UK DVD) of a goat being tied and gutted, which will again be off putting for many. Definitely not a film for the masses but for cult horror or monster movie fans there many be something to enjoy.
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Part of the Eddie Romero "Blood Island" trilogy -- this one follows onfrom "Brides of Blood" (Island of Living Horror) and fits in before "Beastof Blood" (Beast of the dead). Mad Dr Lorca has created a blood drinkingmutant zombie thing, and it is wreaking havoc on the island. Wooden JonAshley must save the day! Horrible Zoom ensues (Move over Jess Franco)!Great fun for lovers of low budget horror; typically slow pace, but havepatience.
This was released in the UK in the 1980s as "Tomb of the Living Dead".
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HASH(0x9ec8dccc) out of 5 stars "I fear I have mislaid one of my patients." 5 Jun. 2006
By cookieman108 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Of the handful of drive-in features that took place on `Blood Island' back in the late 1960s/early 1970s, Mad Doctor of Blood Island (1968) was (and is) the most popular. Why? I'm not entirely sure, but I think it had something to do with a couple of factors, the first being there seemed to be more blood and guts in this one than the others and second being Ms. Angelique Pettyjohn's willingness to doff her clothes, if only for a brief, few moments...interestingly enough her character survives this film, but her predecessor, Beverly Hills aka Beverly Powers, who appeared in the earlier made Brides of Blood (1968), showing considerably less skin, did not make out as well by the end of her feature. Coincidence? Perhaps, but one must also consider the fact Ms. Power's character was a condescending, patronizing, overbearing, emasculating b*tch on wheels...produced and directed by Eddie Romero (Brides of Blood, Beast of the Yellow Night, Beast of Blood), the film stars John Ashley (High School Caesar, Beach Blanket Bingo, Beast of Blood) and Angelique Pettyjohn ("Get Smart", Clambake), probably most famous for her role as the busty alien Shahna who falls for Captain Kirk (big surprise), from the original Star Trek episode `The Gamesters of Triskelion'.

After a bit where a nekkid native girl meets her demise at the hands (or claws) of some mysterious humanoid beast in the jungle, we meet three individuals traveling by boat towards...wait for it...Blood Island! You know, it seems to me with a name like that you're only asking for trouble...anyway, there's Dr. Bill Foster (Ashley), a pathologist, a pretty blonde named Sheila Willard (Pettyjohn), and some schlep named Carlos. I haven't the foggiest idea why Bill is making the trip (and I saw the movie), but Sheila is looking for her father, whom she lost contact with after he came to the island and Carlos is returning home in hopes to whisking his mother away from the dreadful place. Upon arriving Sheila finds her father (turns out he's just an alkie-bum), Bill does whatever Bill does, and Carlos visits his mother, who happens to have a few house guests including Dr. Lorca and his bald-headed, mute, machete-wielding manservant Razak (seems Lorca administered to Carlos' sickly father before he passed some years ago and is now on permanent house call mode). After Carlos gets propositioned on by the house concubine named Marla, a bunch of stuff happens, including various natives killed and disemboweled by a fungus man lurking in the jungle, whom the natives believe is an evil spirit punishing them for their transgressions (stoopid natives). Turns out the grassy hued homicidal beast is only a product of that no-goodnik Dr. Lorca, who has been experimenting with the introduction of chlorophyll, of all things, into the human body (what a nut). Carlos and Marla shag (she used to do his father), some more natives get eviscerated (talk about being expendable), fungus men come out of the woodwork, revelations are made, Bill and Sheila shag (the doctor is in), and eventually everything comes to a bloody head, both literally and figuratively...

This movie suffered from a number of problems, the main being the lack of a strong and easily understandable story, but I did learn a few things including the following...

1. Despite having an ominous name and a forboding reputation, visitors still seem to flock to Blood Island in droves.

2. If you don't have expensive lighting equipment to film during the night, that's all right, just slap a dark lens on the camera, throw in some cricket sound effects, and tell the performers it's night when it's so obviously daytime (my, the moon shines with a gleaming, almost blinding, brilliance).

3. Fungus men are extremely sensitive to electromagnetic emissions from radio equipment.

4. Angelique Pettyjohn has a fantastic rack.

5. Natives, in general, are incredibly dense.

6. Pathologists are unusually adept at hand-to-hand combat techniques.

7. Apparently a son is entitled to his father's concubine after the father passes (delightful).

8. Dr. Lorca seems have a flare for fashion, much like the late, great Liberace.

9. Zooming the camera in and out quickly does not intensify the tension of a particular scene as much as it makes the viewer queasy.

10. The odd, musical native dance number can really help eat up some running time.

This film is an excellent example of some of the sleazy, low budget jungle/horror/sci-fi exploitation features to come out of the burgeoning Philippine film industry in the late 1960s/early 1970s, as American producers discovered they could shoot a feature in the Philippines for a fraction of the cost to shoot it in the states. Ashley, alumni of various JD (Juvenile Delinquent) and beach party films of the 1960s, was one of the first to recognize the market, opening the door for a number of others. The story here is as weak as watered down water as various elements don't jibe or are never made fully clear, but if you're in the mood for some squalid, tacky, sordid fun, this should be right up your alley. There was one aspect of this film I found particularly funny (and annoying) and that was whenever the main, death dealing creature made the scene, the camera would zoom in and out rapidly, in an effort (I suspect) to heighten the tension...it didn't work, but it did succeed in making me nauseous. The performances are uniformly lousy, but that's no surprise given the insipid, melodramatic script. Characters would come and go (the character of Sheila disappeared for a good twenty minutes before showing up again), and there'd be little rhyme or reason for their motives or actions (I still have no clear idea why Ashley's character made the trip). Despite all of this, I still had fun because I knew specifically what I was getting myself into...there are a few gory bits (victims covered in animal entrails to simulate evisceration), and some nekkid bits, along with an explosive finale and a suitably goofy open ended ending.

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.), but compared to some of the murky VHS copies I've seen, this is about as good as you'll probably get (distributor Sam Sherman supplied the print, which he supposedly got way back when Hemispheres, the company that originally produced the feature, went belly up). 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 original Mad Doctor of Blood Island `green blood' prologue bit, a "House of Terror" live horror show promo, a still gallery, liner notes by Jim Arena, a Mad Doctor of Blood Island essay by Christopher William Koenig, and a trailer for this film, along with ones for Brides of Blood (1968), Beast of Blood (1971), Brain of Blood (1972), Blood of the Vampires (1971), The Blood Drinkers (1966), and Raiders of the Living Dead (1986).

Cookieman108

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.
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HASH(0x9ec8de1c) out of 5 stars Drink the Green Blood Potion and Watch This Movie! 21 July 2012
By R. L. Matsui - Published on Amazon.com
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Eddie Romero's "Blood Island Trilogy"! This is the second film in the series. I had some fine memories of seeing this (heavily edited) on TV when I was a kid, so I went and got the DVD...and it's really neat to see this completely uncut. Wow, they cut out a lot of stuff for TV! But all the cut material is happily on display here. This film does deliver the exploitation goods, plus there's real characters and real story.

Now, there are also a number of expensive Steven Spielberg movies that "deliver the exploitation goods," like, for example, "JAWS" and "JURASSIC PARK". But this film, like many favorites of mine, manages to deliver the goods while costing about twenty dollars to make. I am exaggerating, of course, but the point is clear: This movie was made on VERY limited resources, but this did not stop director Eddie Romero and crew from cranking out a very watchable sausage. Surprisingly well-written and well-made. If you like trash cinema, this is one of the very best examples.

We have some very serviceable performances here, and most of the cast takes the material seriously. The key to doing this sort of wacky, outrageous horror is to do it with a straight face, and these actors know enough to do that. Don't make a joke out of the material! The script is good--we get a decent story, in addition to the monsters, graphic violence, nudity, sex, ritual dances and atmosphere. It follows one of the "rules" of those fine Hammer Horror exploitation pictures: Introduce your questionable subject matter with intelligence and well-written dialogue. Your audience will stick around longer because you aren't just filling their plate with cheap thrills from the get-go. Once the audience is yours, however, you may then proceed to...fill their plate with all the cheap thrills you can wrangle up.

If you are not familiar with this particular Blood Island movie, you must be curious by now; and it's a sordid tale. Deep within the jungles of Blood Island--in the interest of science--twisted Dr. Lorca (Ronald Remy in a fine, brooding performance) has been using chlorophyll to turn some of his patients into green-blooded mutations. The worst of these experiments has transformed into a horrible, murderous monster barely recognizable as human. This terrible creature just straight-up rips people apart with his bare hands! It's up to civil servant Bill Foster (John Ashley) to try to save the local population from this danger. Can he destroy the dangerous experiments of Dr. Lorca and win the girl at the same time? Can he maybe fit TWO girls in, if he puts in the extra effort? Kerwin Mathews he ain't, but you will root for John Ashley as Bill Foster. He fights the monsters, punches the bad guys in the face, avoids danger and snakes, runs out of the cave before it explodes, and gets the girl (s). He is three times the hero a cheeseball movie deserves.

Please take note of the two lovely ladies who are the happy recipients of Bill Foster's amorous attentions: We have the super Star Trek beauty (TOS's "The Gamesters of Triskelion") Angelique Pettyjohn as Sheila, who is visiting the island to try to rescue her alcoholic father from himself, and we have the sultry and charming Alicia Alonzo as island girl Marla, who seems to want to seduce most of the male characters and also the camera. Had this film featured a catfight between these two gals, the hottness factor would've been off the scale, I suppose. But both girls do a good job separately, and play their characters well.

Alicia Alonzo, by the way, is still among the living, and still works. She has had a steady career in film and TV since the late 60's.

"Mad Doctor of Blood Island" was made with admirable seriousness, something very rare in low budget exploitation. Characters intellectualize and debate in a civilized way rather than having screaming arguments. They wander the island depressed, questioning their lives. When accused of being "mad," at one point, the mad doctor of the title, instead of debating the point, concedes that it's probably true (!). Obviously, this film is awesome, in its own way. Very seldom do horror films approach such thinky territory. The entire cast is wonderful...they are for the most part low-rent actors, but they give their all.

This movie is definitely not everyone's cup of tea (what movie is?), but for exploitation enthusiasts, I feel it is worth a look. The sequel to this one ("Beast of Blood") is entertaining, and the Chlorophyll Monster costume looks a lot better in that film, but IMHO the sequel is nowhere near as good as this one.
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HASH(0x9ec8dd8c) out of 5 stars Curious cinematic contribution 21 Sept. 2005
By Bruce Lampley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Any film that is a sequel that has Angelique Pettijohn replacing Beverly Hills has to be watched to be believed. There was a series of this Phillipine-shot flicks at the time and I remembered seeing a lot of them on old WVIA-44 in Scranton with some old guy hosting ala Zacherley. These were spooky and moody with some great locales and some gory effects but, really, they had marginal acting and some terrible scripts. They were kitchsy and cool when we were kids and if you look at the Blood Island films from the eye in the corner of you memory, you'll really enjoy them. I think Mad Doctor was the best of the bunch.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ec8dc84) out of 5 stars A Chlorophyll Monster, Loads Of Snakes, And A Cave On Fire...What More Could You Want? 24 April 2011
By Robert I. Hedges - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
"Mad Doctor of Blood Island" is perhaps the weirdest of the Blood Island series of cheap 1960s horror films from the Philippines. Regular Blood Island hero John Ashley is back as Doctor Bill Foster, and this time uninhibited Angelique Pettyjohn co-stars as Sheila Willard, who is looking for her father. You might think that the moniker "Blood Island" would frighten visitors away, but you'd be wrong. (Leech Lake is popular in Minnesota, too, so I guess there's just no accounting for taste.) Ronald Remy appears here as Doctor Lorca the lunatic scientist, and does a better job with his role than the entire remainder of the cast does with theirs combined. Much like the remainder of the films in the series, this film features huge swaths of padding, mostly of the "walking through the jungle" type, but also of the "long, preachy scenes of expository backstory" variety, with some "senseless dancing" and "random knife attacks" thrown in for good measure.

The film opens with the hilarious "green blood" prologue that is the single element the movie is most famous for. (In the commentary Sam Sherman claimed correctly "It was a gimmick picture from the word go.") The prologue is a ponderous invitation to drink green blood to protect the audience from the horror they were about to witness. The film has a second gimmick besides the green blood: snakes. The snake footage is not especially terrifying, but it is plentiful. The true hilarity starts when the monstrous creature is revealed to be a green guy with a terrible complexion. Every time he attacks the camera zooms quickly in and out in a ludicrous special effect that not only didn't work, but is almost enough to induce a seizure. Another thing amusing about the creature is the inability of victims to escape: you would have to be awfully slow not to be able to outrun a plodding ponderous creature that uses a walking stick to aid its locomotion (of course this is common to many other horror movies, too.) Lots of the actors and locations look familiar to people knowledgeable about the genre, and the only truly distinguishing thing about the plot is that the science that went awry involved experiments with chlorophyll in the blood in the treatment of leukemia, hence the verdant hue of the experimentee.

The film is slow and really drags at times, but the action picks up in the last ten minutes when a fight breaks out in Dr. Lorca's cave laboratory. For whatever implausible reason, the climactic fight concludes with the cave catching fire (!), exploding (!!), and romance flourishing in the much-maligned paradise of Blood Island. The film is interesting though not especially distinguished if you happen to like the genre, and Ronald Remy turns in a good performance while the rest of the acting is minimally satisfactory. The DVD features a couple of extras including trailers and an interview with director Eddie Romero which is fairly amateurish and has poor sound quality. There is also a commentary track with Sam Sherman who was involved with Hemispheres, the original production company. His commentary is a mixed bag. Some is interesting, but much is repetitive and comes across as a bit self-aggrandizing, although he does share a fascinating tidbit about Ray Milland's hairpiece. The commentary only lasts about half the length of the movie, and is worth listening to once, as it does provide a lot of good background information on the production of the Blood Island series of films and his views on the actors involved.

"Mad Doctor of Blood Island" is necessary viewing for fans of early Filipino horror cinema or B-movie aficionados; unless you fall into one of those two categories it is probably too boring and disjointed to merit a look.
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HASH(0x9ec63564) out of 5 stars Island Gals Gone Wild!... 18 Jun. 2010
By Bindy Sue Frønkünschtein - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
John Ashley returns (as a pathologist!) in this gooshy, bubbly, cheezelog sequel to BRIDES OF BLOOD! This time, Ashley is joined by the lovely Angelique Pettyjohn as a woman in search of her father. Meanwhile, a moss-covered zombie is mutilating the island folk! Unlike BRIDES, MAD DOCTOR has actual gore sequences, including bloody limbs and intestines! The murdering monster isn't bad at all, especially for a low-low budget drive-in classic. Of course, as the gore rises, so does the nudity! Yes, there are some beautiful island babes in this one! Eddie Romero has once again fashioned a very enjoyable hunk of exploitation horror cinema! See the entire trilogy...
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