Blood Thirst / The Thirsty Dead

Production Year: 1971 / 1974
Release Date: 09/10/13
Studio: Vinegar Syndrome
Collection Number: 1173

In a remote part of the Philippines women are being picked off one by one, each drained of their precious blood.  Miguel Ramos (Vic Diaz) is having issues solving the case so he enlists the help of expert Adam Rourke (Robert Winston,) a dashing butt-chinned American detective.  Together the two hatch a plan to solve the case, Adam decides to pose as a journalist intrigued by the case of the missing women.  Visiting the victims's former place of work, The Barrio Club, he plans on gathering clues as to the murderer's identity.  Little does he know however, that the mysterious murders are not being carried out by a simple man, but a deformed monster (with a striking resemblance to our beloved Toxic Avenger.)

As Adam becomes familiar with the local night life he begins to suspect things are a bit amiss at The Barrio Club and the closer he gets to the truth the more the staff try and throw him off track.  With the help of a buxom dancer (Serena; Yvonne Nielson) the answers to the detective's questions might be closer than he thinks.  Coming in at just under 80 minutes Blood Thirst feels more like a campy Noir than a horror film.  There aren't very many thrills other than the few shots of deformed murderer, but you know what?  I kind of dug it.  There's an odd chemistry present between Winston and Diaz.  I found the film to be enjoyable.  Bad...But enjoyable.

More trouble in Malina!  The Thirsty Dead is another camp filled horror centered around the red stuff.  Laura (Jennifer Billingsley) is kidnapped by a native cult and held prisoner with a number of other women.  The group of pretty girls are forced to wade through filth until they make it to a remote jungle paradise where they will eventually meet their demise.  The cult has found the secret to eternity and (big surprise) it's in the blood.

Luckily for Laura the tribe believes her to be a reincarnation of a former goddess and gives her the opportunity to become an immortal.  Will she decline?  Will the other girls perish?  What exactly is up with the head in the red cube? Okay, the film is really more of the same.  Native extras, high in camp, a nice level of absurdity (I mean really, what was up with the head, was it ferminting in jelly?)  Paired with Blood Thirst as a double feature it does it's job.

The transfers are what I've come to expect from the small label, Vinegar Syndrome is a company that works with with what it can and occasionally the elements for these older films just aren't up to snuff.  What you can expect however, are the best possible transfers these films will likely ever see.  Blood Thirst seems to have fared the best as far as the picture and audio are concerned, with The Thirsty Dead seems to take on most of the damage.  Both are completely watchable however, and the issues shouldn't have much of an affect on your senses.

Move along folks, there's nothin' to see here.

If you like your acting stiff and your films cheesy welcome to paradise.  While these two films have their issues the pairing of both in this double feature works.  Let's not kid ourselves, this is a drive-in double feature, these two flicks aren't going to give you some sort life changing epiphany, but if you've got three hours to waste and camp is what you crave look no further.

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