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Blood Island is a wonderful place in Philippines were Mad Doctors, Green Blood, Green Beasts, Man Eating Trees & Panther Men roam free! This series of mostly filipino horror films were shot by Gerardo De Leon,Eddie Romero, & Al Adamson between 1959-1972.
Technically, the first appearance of Blood Island was in the film Terror Is a Man a.k.a Blood Creature in 1959 directed by Gerardo De Leon. In the film a shipwrecked William
Fitzgerald (Richard Derr) finds himself on the stormy island home of Dr. Charles Girard (Francis Lederer). It is eventually revealed that Doc Girard is conducting experiments
that involve changing a full grown panther into a man. Relatively played out concepts but shot well and lots of dark gloomy atmosphere.
Before I go on, a word about John Ashley. Former teen idol, and AIP film star was getting over a nasty divorce with actress Deborah Walley when opportunity knocked. The Philippines was about away from California as you could get! A legend is born!
The next film in the series is regarded by many as the official first film in the Blood island "trilogy";
Brides of Blood in 1968 directed by Gerardo De Leon & Eddie Romero. This film boasts the first appearance of heart throb John Ashley (playing Jim Farrell), virgin sacrifices to
an ogre like beast, burlesque star/ actress Beverly Hills, and those Man Eating Trees, I mentioned earlier. Plenty of cheese to go around, quite enjoyable.
Next up is: Mad Doctor of Blood Island in 1969 directed by Gerardo De Leon and Eddie Romero. This film might cause motion sickness because of excessive camera zooming whenever
the monster attacks. John Ashley returns in this one, this time to play Dr. Bill Foster.
Technically the last film in the trilogy, and the closest thing to an actual sequel is Beast Of Blood. Directed by Eddie Romero in 1971, it would take up right were Mad Doctor left off. John Ashley reprises his role as Dr. Bill Foster. Regarded by many as the best of the Blood Island series Beast of Blood boasts many memorable scenes, such as the opening action packed fight on the boat & the the severed head of the beast chanting "Dr Lorca!".
Brain of Blood, which came out in 1972, was sequel in name only as well as being the only film in the series not shot in the Philippines. Kent Taylor stars as Dr Trenton, who
played Dr. Paul Henderson previously in Brides of Blood. Some may also recognize his sidekick Angelo Rossitto of "Freaks" fame. It was directed by Al Adamson to cash-in on the "Blood Island" success. Adamson bragged that no one could tell it wasn't shot in the Philippines. Hearty praise indeed!
In conclusion I recommend all these films to drive-in and horror fan.
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