Classic Movie Exploitation – On A Dare!
Get ready for the fascinating story of “I Drink Your Blood”, a notorious exploitation film from 1971 – how it was made, and how it ended up on a double bill with this film, with the shocking title “I Eat Your Skin!”
Notice the similarity between the posters? There’s a reason for it, and bravo to legendary Producer Jerry Gross for making this double bill on a dare and turning it into a massive hit in the early 70’s!
It’s a great story of showmanship in the depths of the grind house era of filmmaking – let’s get started!
First, the plot of “I Drink Your Blood”! After consuming rabies-infected meat pies, an LSD-addicted hippie cult goes on a vicious murdering rampage!
Here’s what the terrific website Mondo-Digital has to say:
“Heavily censored since its original release, this infamous landmark of cinematic brutality is being presented in all its blood-splattered glory.”
That’s right, there’s a newly remastered blu-ray thanks to Grindhouse Releasing – but it’s so much more than just the first film – it’s a triple bill of exploitation fun!
As Mondo-Digital reports, here is the genesis for “I Drink Your Blood”:
“The film started life as a dare from Gross to director David Durston (who had done the LSD oddity ‘The Love Statue’ and went on to helm ‘Stigma’) to come up with something more shocking than ‘Night of the Living Dead’. Inspired by a Middle Eastern news story about children in a village being kept confined when they were all exposed to rabies, he decided to introduce elements of the recent Manson Family massacre to come up with a ‘I Drink Your Blood’ script originally entitled ‘Phobia’ about a rampaging gang of satanic hippies.
‘I Drink Your Blood’, produced by exploitation legend Jerry Gross (who went to release ‘I Spit on Your Grave’ and ‘Zombie’) and usually seen on a double bill with a severely lacking black-and-white film Gross had lying around in the vaults, ‘I Eat Your Skin’ (originally titled ‘Voodoo Blood Bath’). Promoted with an R rating as “2 Great Blood-Horrors to Rip Out Your Guts!,” the double feature was one of the great moments in ’70s ballyhoo as local exhibitors were free to snip down ‘I Drink Your Blood’ to fit whatever local standards dictated. As a result, few people got to see it in a version even remotely close to its full-strength intentions until Grindhouse Releasing picked up the rights in the ’00s and made it into a staple of repertory horror screenings.”
That’s right, what was a 1964 film called “Voodoo Blood Bath”, sitting in the vaults, became one of the most notorious films of the 70’s!
Here is the classic movie trailer promoting both films as a shocking double feature!
So, this classic double feature is now on a great new blu-ray disc that has a ton of extras – and a third movie as well!
Here are just a few of the incredible special features on this Grindhouse Releasing effort:
“Spectacular new HD restoration of the original UNCENSORED DIRECTOR’S CUT
4 controversial deleted scenes including the original blood-drenched ending deemed too disturbing for ’70s audiences!
Provocative audio commentary by director David Durston and star Bhaskar
Newly recorded audio commentary by stars Jack Damon and Tyde Kierney
Revealing on-camera interviews with stars Lynn Lowry, Tyde Kierney and Jack Damon
New in-depth interview with director David Durston
Rare and shocking film of Bhaskar performing THE EVIL KING COBRA DANCE!
TWO BONUS CO-FEATURES
– I EAT YOUR SKIN (1964) – presented for the very first time in HD + exclusive interview with 2nd unit director William Grefe
– BLUE SEXTET (1969) – David Durston’s long-lost uncensored psychedelic shocker presented for the very first time on home video!”
So you see, not only are there remastered versions of the first two films, but a whole new movie called “Blue Sextet” is included as well – so it’s a triple bill of exploitation madness! Oh, and the special edition I bought came with this fun extra:
I mean, C’MON – what a great blu-ray release! You can read more about this incredible release, with lots of additional information, thanks to the great website Mondo-Digital – see it here:
These films may not be very good, but that’s not really the point, is it? They were made for drive-in movie theater consumption across the country at a time when going to the drive-in meant “anything goes!”
Yes, drive-in movie theaters were incredibly popular in the 60’s and 70’s, and they made a lot of money by showing wild double bills like this:
Raucous and provocative art films, wild exploitation movies and all-night horror marathons – that’s what the drive-in movie experience was all about!
There is a great documentary that celebrates it – you can see more about it here:
Let me know if you’ve seen either of these films!
Categories: 70's Films, Camp Cult Classics, Classic Action Films, Classic Horror, Cult Classics, Exploitation Films, Extreme Cinema, Grindhouse, Horror films, JRsploitation, Nudity, Sexploitation Films