Saturday, August 8, 2009


"I Drink Your Blood" (1971), directed by David Durston. This review has been a long time coming and I apologize for let's get down to business. This is a grimy, low budget drive-in masterpiece. It does not live up to the high expectations that many reviewers have given this movie, but it is still a fun and filthy ride.

"I Drink Your Blood" is about a gang of violent, Satan worshipping, LSD taking hippies. They move into a small country town and take refuge in a dilapidated hotel. The locals do not take a fancy to them at all. A local child and his grandpa are on to these hippies' game pretty fast. The grandpa goes to investigate with a shot gun. The hippies manage to violently subdue him and load him with LSD. Grandpa returns home in shambles. His grandson vows to take revenge. He shoots a rabies infested dog, takes it's blood and injects it into meat pies, and feeds these freshly baked pies to the hippies. Of course they come down with rabies, and all hell breaks loose. Eventually a zombie-like plague of rabies takes over the town, and the citizens must board themselves up or become infected...

"I Drink Your Blood" has many flaws to me. It is not the balls out, drive-in hippie/LSD/zombie/exploitation flick that many bill this one to be. Instead it is hampered by bad acting, worse gore effects, and a director who can't decide if this movie should be funny or morbid, so he just plays it middle of the road. First off, let me say that I love the grimy vibe that this movie exudes. It made me want to take a shower after I got through watching it. At times it is truly nauseating. There is something missing however. It is neither terribly fun nor terribly brilliant. It is a fun ride and a great concept for a horror movie. I do think this movie could have been done better under different hands. I think "I Drink Your Blood" would make a great movie for someone to re-make. The idea is already there...I would like to see more done with it. As much as I hate re-makes, I would love to see this one redone. I've seen a ton of grimy, filthy, late 1960's and early 1970's gore flicks and I expected this one to be a cut above the notch. It wasn't, but I can't complain. Anyone with a passion for bad cinema needs to watch this one.

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