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Blood Freak (1972)

Cast: Randy Grinter, Jr., Dana Culliver, Tina Anderson, more...
Director: Steve Hawkes, Brad F. Grinter
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Image Entertainment
Genre: Horror, Killer Critters, Studios, Something Weird, Erotica
Running Time: 80 min.
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This mind-numbingly odd product from the Gator State has so many moments of absolute mania it practically exists in a genre of its own: the Sunday-School-Horror-Rock-N-Roll-Biker-Anti-Drug-Message flick. The vague suggestion of a plot is narrated (i.e. interrupted, editorialized and hacked upon) by producer/director/lunatic Brad Grinter, who comes across as a bizarre gene-splicing of a tent preacher and a raving bus-depot derelict who smokes like a chimney and has to stop periodically to cough up what's left of his lungs. When able to complete a sentence, Grinter presents his wacky morality tale of an Elvis-styled biker named Herschel (Steve Hawkes, who shares some of the guilt as co-producer) who gets caught up in a duel between good sister Angel and her devilish sibling Ann. Hersh winds up toking off a little of Ann's devil weed which, when combined with a heaping helping of dad's experimental poultry, transforms him into a rampaging turkey beast. Horrendously fake gore murders ensue when the fowl freak goes for the throats of the local dope pushers, until the aptly-named Angel prays the dumb cluck back to normal. Despite the occasional hint that this entire exercise might be an elaborate, straight-faced put-on, the most blood-curdling aspect of this movie is the notion that its backers were probably sincere. ~ Cavett Binion, All Movie Guide

Special Features:

  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Bonus Horror Trailers
  • 1969 skin-noir featurette The Walls Have Eyes
  • Short films
  • Comic Cover Art Gallery

GreenCine Member Reviews

Almost the worst by IWhitney December 11, 2003 - 5:29 PM PST
4 out of 6 members found this review helpful
If it weren't for The Amazing Transplant, Blood Freak would win the title for worst movie I've rented from GC.

Now, I'm not saying that's a bad thing. I have a long list of titles in my queue that contain the word "Blood," so obviously I have some affinity for this sort of crap.

That said, this movie still stands out as appallingly bad. A bunch of mush-mouth rural Floridians prentend to be swinging druggies while Hershchel (played by East European bodybuilder Steve Hawkes, a precursor of Ahnald) tries to decide between naughty sister Ann and good, I forgot her name as she disappeared 10 minutes into the film.

After being duped into becoming a pot addict (who has withdrawl fits that would put Ewan Mcgregor to shame), poor Herschel's life degrades to the point where he's a taster of experimental turkey. Oops, now he's a turkey headed dope addict who drinks blood! Isn't that always the way.

Thrill as old men read their lines, while they are speaking them. Fear the gigantic man/woman who leaps fences in a single bound. Be somewhat queasy when a leg becomes a human beer tap. Chuckle as Herschel tries to communicate by gobbling.

This film is the very definition of "poorly thought out." Yes, it's awful, but it's awful in a unique way and it's whacked out religous ending must be seen to be believed. Jack Chick should use Blood Freak as the basis for his next tract.

To quote Gigli, "Gobble gobble!"

GreenCine Member Rating

(Average 5.98)
53 Votes
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