Mad Doctor of Blood Island

The Mad Doctor of Blood Island

Director: Gerardo (Gerry) de Leon, Eddie Romero

Cast: Alicia Alonso, John Ashley

     
 

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The cult science fiction horror film Mad Doctor of Blood Island comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. There are neither subtitles nor closed-captions on this release. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by producer Sam Sherman, an interview with director Eddie Romero,

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The cult science fiction horror film Mad Doctor of Blood Island comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. There are neither subtitles nor closed-captions on this release. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by producer Sam Sherman, an interview with director Eddie Romero, trailers, a still photo gallery, a television ad performed live, and the original "Green Blood" prologue that accompanied the film in theaters. This is an outstanding disc for fans of cheesy films.

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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:
09/24/2002
UPC:
0014381146226
Original Release:
1969
Rating:
NR
Source:
Image Entertainment
Region Code:
1
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Mono]
Time:
1:29:00

Special Features

Restored original version with remastered high-fidelity soundtrack; Special audio commentary track by Sam Sherman; Interview documentary with director Eddie Romero; Green Blood Prologue; Rarely seen "House of Terror" live horror show promo; Theatrical trailers for "Mad Doctor of Blood Island," "Brides of Blood," "Beast of Blood," "Brain of Blood," "Blood of the Vampires," "The Blood Drinkers" and "Raiders of the Living Dead"; Still gallery

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. The Green Blood Oath
2. Main Titles - A Cursed Island
3. Carlos's Homecoming
4. A Scare in the Night
5. In Search of Sheila
6. The Dance to Ward Off Evil Spirits
7. "No Green Vegetables"
8. Green-Blooded Murder
9. He's Alive - He's Alive
10. Vengeance Is Mine
11. On the Run
12. "He's Your Father"
13. To the Rescue
14. Fleeing Danger

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