Bloodlust! (1961)
By: Devon B. on February 27 2012  | 
Bounty | All Regions, NTSC | 4:3 | English DD 2.0 | 67 minutes (Full Specs)
The Movie
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Director: Ralph Brooke
Starring: Wilton Graff, June Kenney, Walter Brooke, Robert Reed, Gene Persson
Screenplay: Ralph Brooke
Country: USA
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The back cover of Bloodlust! makes a point of the fact that the movie stars Robert Reed (though his name changes to Robert Reedan further down the cover) of The Brady Bunch fame. I don't think I've ever seen a full episode of The Brady Bunch, and the only thing I knew about Reed is that he is dead. Understandably, his presence wasn't a huge selling point for me. There're a few other points the slick makes that are of more interest, but it misses out on something of note for fans of 80s slashers: Lilyan Chauvin, the Mother Superior from the classic Silent Night, Deadly Night, has a small part in Bloodlust! I'm still slightly amazed that I recognised her given the age difference between the two films.

Anyway, in Bloodlust! a group of friends on a cruise discover an island they haven't seen before. When I say "discover" I mean "notice the island after they've practically run ashore." The group decide to explore the island, and quicker than you can say "most dangerous game" they run into a war veteran living there. He's an eccentric sort who likes to import animals to the island so he can hunt them. The situation seems a bit odd, and the group of friends are leery when he insists they stay with him, but don't really have much choice. It soon becomes clear his intentions are far more sinister than just offering them a bed and breakfast.

I popped Bloodlust! in fully expecting it to be an utter shitfest, and I won't lie and say it completely wowed me, but it was nowhere near as bad as I feared. I've always found The Most Dangerous Game an intriguing story, so didn't mind seeing a slight variation of the story brought to screen again. No one's going to mistake Bloodlust! for an original film, unless it's someone that has managed to avoid The Most Dangerous Game and its other 7,000 knockoffs, but Bloodlust! is fairly fast paced and does have a few points of interest. I particularly liked the explanation of the genesis of the hunter's killer instinct. The title Bloodlust! may be a bit misleading to modern audiences, because this is a far cry from Wolf Creek, but the bloodshed is less sanitised then in a lot of early 60s movies, and at times there's even some minor gore. There's also an extra bit of implied nastiness that the hunter would like to get up to if given the chance.

Fans of older exploitation could do worse, but I wouldn't recommend it to fans of The Brady Bunch because I won't talk to those people.
Bloodlust! looks rough. The 4:3 black & white print is covered in dirt, smudges and grain, and the transfer is riddled with aliasing and artefacts. This transfer is a murky mess.
The audio is a 2.0 track which has a few drop outs, but isn't as big a travesty as the image.
Extra Features
The DVD includes the trailer, which hits most of the high points so could be viewed instead of the film if one was so inclined.
The Verdict
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Disc Score
Overall Score
I like The Most Dangerous Game and at least this adaption didn't have Ice-T in a bad wig. The DVD isn't a pretty presentation, but I don't know that Bloodlust! is ever going to warrant a bells and whistles treatment, and I can't imagine the disc would cost more than a few dollars.

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