Mad Doctor of Blood Island

The Mad Doctor of Blood Island

Director: Gerardo (Gerry) de Leon, Eddie Romero, Alicia Alonso, John Ashley

Cast: Gerardo (Gerry) de Leon, Eddie Romero, Alicia Alonso, John Ashley

     
 

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This Filipino scarefest is better known by the title Mad Doctor of Blood Island. The principle villain, however, is not a "he" but an "it." A frantic search is conducted on a remote island for a deadly, green-blooded "Chlorophyl Monster." Notice how we aren't making any toothpaste jokes here. It should come as no surprise that John Ashley is the star; his

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This Filipino scarefest is better known by the title Mad Doctor of Blood Island. The principle villain, however, is not a "he" but an "it." A frantic search is conducted on a remote island for a deadly, green-blooded "Chlorophyl Monster." Notice how we aren't making any toothpaste jokes here. It should come as no surprise that John Ashley is the star; his leading lady is the luscious Angelique Pettyjohn, while Ronald Remy is the eponymous mad doctor. Remy would make a return appearance in a sort of sequel, Beast of Blood

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American government scientist John Ashley travels to a remote island in the Philippines to investigate rumors of strange deaths among the locals. There, he meets Dr. Lorca (Eddie Garcia), a scientist who has been experimenting on the populace using chlorophyll as a means of curing leukemia. Ashley soon learns that the experiments have instead created a green-blooded monster that is wreaking havoc on the villagers. Though decidedly lacking on the technical side (directors Eddie Romero and Gerry de Leon's frequent use of zoom effects borders on nauseating), this Filipino-lensed mishmash of Weird Tales-style pulp adventure and '60s-era exploitation has a loopy charm that will be best appreciated by fans of low-budget horror. The special effects, while subpar by Hollywood standards, are appropriately gooey, and actresses Alicia Alonso and Angelique Pettyjohn provide sufficient eye candy in their softcore tryst with subdued lead (and co-producer) Ashley. Frequently screened on the drive-in circuit under a variety of titles, the film enjoyed some notoriety thanks to a pre-credit sequence devised by Independent-International head Sam Sherman, which urged viewers to drink "green blood" (in reality, a noxious mixture that made Sherman ill after tasting) in order to ward off the effects of Dr. Lorca's experiments. The monster, along with Ashley, Romero, and Garcia, would return in 1970's Beast of Blood.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/23/2010
UPC:
0089218105691
Original Release:
1969
Rating:
NR
Source:
Alpha Video

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