Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actors: Tiny Tim, Itonia Salchek, Dean West, Lori Minnetti, Peter Krause
Director: Bill Rebane
Genres: Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Blood Harvest DVD is censored!
liberty | Colorado United States | 09/20/2003
(2 out of 5 stars)
"DON'T BUY THIS DVD.The DVD of Blood Harvest is a ripoff.I just watched this fave old horror movie of mine, Blood Harvest, in its DVD incarnation.Only if you can't get it elsewhere should you buy this DVD.This is edited in several places, including these two key scenes: first of all, in the famous shower scene, Jill gets forced out of the shower when a "mysterious stranger" turns off the cold water. In my recorded-from-cable VHS version, an additional short scene shows Jill not only jump out, but grab a towel and flash a brief, but lovely, full frontal - and if you're familiar with the movie, you know that the actess playing the character Jill is especially gorgeous.That's gone from the DVD. It shows the brief, unrevealing dash from the shower, then cut to Jill wearing a robe in the kitchen.The scene of Jill's friend hung upside down in the barn, stripped to lingerie: the unedited scene where the girl's throat is slit, followed by a brief-but-gory squirting blood shot, is gone entirely from the DVD. Only a brief flash of the dead girl is shone.I think every gore/nude scene has been edited in some way. Plus,picture quality varies tremendously from the beginning (almost looks 3rd generation videotape), to almost passable high video tape quality. Nothing APPROACHING typical DVD quality, even for old films transferred.In the credits, it mentions "International Director's Cut", or some such. What baloney. The film looks like religious censors went after it with hedge trimmers. With the sudden cheapness in DVD recording machines, schlocks like those that edited and are selling this hacked version of Blood Harvest, should be prosecuted for fraud.You've been warned.I'll continue watching my uncut, nearly as good picture (and warmer colors) VHS tape of 13 years.This is about the DVD version."
The Truth About BLOOD HARVEST
Alexander Kogan | East Hampton, NY USA | 09/22/2006
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Films Around The World, Inc. (FATW)acted as exclusive international sales agent for Buddys, Inc., which furnished completion money for the original production company of BLOOD HARVEST,The Shooting Ranch Ltd. The production company went bankrupt and an FATW affiliate purchased the negative, outtakes, the right to use the screenplay, and all related rights, from the Trustee in Bankruptcy. FATW licensed the original version to The Drive In Channel; the movie has never been licensed for video by the copyright owner. It will all be straightened out by the Courts, but for sure, when it is legitimately released, the technical quality will be first-rate, and there will be no unauthorized cuts. ALL present video versions are unauthorized, of inferior technical quality, and not as complete as the original version."
Good movie, harshly cut.
Kenneth Brown | Louisville, KY | 05/14/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Unfortunately, this dvd version is cut. The previous reviewer is wrong though. In the US at least, no X rating exists, only NC-17. None of this really matters though since they are not trying to re-release this old film into theaters. It would be perfectly acceptable to market the uncut version on dvd as unrated as so many other films (even bigger hollywood releases) often are. Stores such as Wal-Mart probably wouldn't stock this title anyway, but I seriously doubt they would discriminate because of an unrated status (they sell other unrated films). Anyway, it's a shame that they would release the film so cut up. It makes you wonder what the hell people are thinking sometimes. It is common sense that the audience for such a film would want to see it uncut."
Robert P. Beveridge | Cleveland, OH | 01/16/2010
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Blood Harvest (Bill Rebane, 1987)
If ever there was a guy who seemed tailor-made to play in a horror film, that guy would be Tiny Tim. And yet it only ever happened once. Tim, touring the upper midwest, as was his wont (he died after a performance in Minnesota ten years later), was approached by schlockmesiter Bill Rebane after a concert in Wisconsin. Rebane had an idea for a horror movie into which he thought Tim would slot nicely, and the singer enthusiastically went along with it. The result is Blood Harvest (also released under the names Nightmare and The Marvelous Mervo), Tiny Tim's only performance in a horror film and--by far--the best movie ever turned out by Bill Rebane, the genius who also brought us such classic cinema as The Giant Spider Invasion (the film best known for having a visible VW bug under one of its spider props) and Monster-a-Go-Go!.
Tim, who's actually not one of the leads here, plays Mervo, the somewhat mentally handicapped son of a pair of lifelong farmers who've recently had their farm taken from them by the local bank. They're not the only ones, but they take it the hardest; the two of them end up committing suicide, sending Mervo's already-fragile mental state into complete disintegration. As a result, he winds up dressing like a clown for most of the movie and acting rather schizophrenic (though he never actually seems to hear voices, his odd topic changes in conversation are exactly the kind of thing one gets from a conversation with a schizophrenic). He's looked after by his brother, Gary (Dean West, whose only other big-screen appearance came in another Rebane joint). Gary is obviously affected by the death of his parents as well, but maybe he can put it behind him. See, his high school sweetheart, Jill (Itonia Salchek in her only screen appearance), is back home from college. Not that anyone wants her there; her father is the guy who's been employed by the bank to seize the property of delinquent farmers, which is pretty much everyone else in town. When Jill gets home, her parents are nowhere to be found, her best friend (Lori Minnetti, the only one of the principals in the film who still has a career) fears for her safety, and while Gary is perfectly willing to pick up where they left off, Jill has met someone at college and is now engaged. To make things just that much worse, a crazed killer starts preying on those closest to Jill, but doing it in such a way that no one around her, including the local sheriff (Frank Benson--again, in his only screen performance), can find any evidence that anyone's actually dying. Gary is skeptical, but willing to take her word for it. Can these young ex-lovebirds figure out who's killing Jill's pals before they end up on the platter?
I'm not sure how it happened, but Rebane and cohorts Ben Benson and Emil Joseph (neither of whom ever wrote for the big screen again; Benson was a novelist, while Joseph did some TV work much later in his career) actually came up with a script worth filming. In the wonderful world of Bill Rebane, a decent script is about as rare as a white rhino. I grant you, a lot of the acting here isn't all that great, but it's at least competent, also a rarity in Rebane films. And Tiny Tim? About as creepy as an overweight 6'1" ukelele player in a clown outfit can possibly be. And while everything points to Mervo as the crazed killer, come on; part of the fun of the movie is knowing that it's way too obvious to actually be the case, and going ahead and trying to figure out who it really is. Rebane's script actually provides you with some interesting options in this regard, though he probably could have done more with a few of them; still, this is Bill Rebane we're talking about. Probably shouldn't demand too much from his atrophied directorial muscles. No, it's not what it could be, but for a Rebane picture, this is Oscar-quality, and well worth discovering if you don't already know about it. Casual film fans will consider it the worst thing they've ever seen. Slasher-film fans will know better. And, of course, it's an absolute must for fans of Tiny Tim. ** ½