Redefines bad - rating applies to lovers of bad cinema only!
William L. Murray | Lansdale, PA | 06/18/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This film atrocity must be seen to be believed. By comparison Plan 9 looks like Citizen Kane. Any movie that can combine vampires, space travel, lobster-men, bat-pygmies, snake-men, & cavemen into one utterly illogical, incomprehensible "plot" gets a special place in my bad movie lovin' heart to begin with. When compounded by adding tinted black & white stock footage as a plot device, a 50-cent plastic toy spaceship with a bic lighter for propulsion(I swear I'm not making this up), and a "Spectum Analyzer" that is clearly a caulk gun, it transcends the normally accepted standard of "so-bad-it's-good". The WORST of the worst."
Absolutely the worst movie ever made
firstname.lastname@example.org | Indianapolis, Indiana | 11/26/1998
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Ever heard the expression, "It's so bad that it's good"? Well, this movie is SO "so bad that it's good" that it is once again bad! I can't insult it enough to do it justice. Get it, and see WHY it doesn't even make it onto lists of the worst movies of all time--it's a curve buster that's in a class of its own."
THE CHAPTER SEVEN GROOVE
Thomas E. O'Sullivan | Knoxville, Maryland United States | 08/20/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Before cable, UPN, the WB and FOX there was only UHF. Local stations braodcasting their mix of repeats and all night movies, where at any given point you could find fare like HORROR OF THE BLOOD MONSTERS. A collision of sci-fi/horror spliced together by two different ideas and two different movies. In the first, the all color wrap around scenes that set up our adventure, our heros are looking for the original source that created vampires on Earth. They find it in the galaxy of Spectrum X - place where radiation causes black and white movies, in this case the film TAGANI, to be tinted several different colors. There they encounter a race of vampires, run around, die off, and then make their last second escape back into space and towards home. The plot is short and to the point, the film is a muddled mess of explanation, more explanation, and more on top of that. Goofy, odd, dumb, and yet so very entertaining. HORROR OF THE BLOOD MONSTERS is the late night fare they just don't make any more. And with its release on DVD, it's a must for any collector. Specials include several trailers, and a very solid and entertaining commentary from Sam Sherman, producer. His memory of the events leading to the creation of H.O.T.B.M. is sharp, keen and often witty. The only complaint I have against this release is the lack of the original source material that makes up the bulk of this movie - the film TAGANI, a Philippine produced adventure story, which even Sherman admits was a fun picture. He moans that no one has released it yet, and then informs us in the next breath that he holds the rights to the film... so why not release it along with H.O.T.B.M? Perhaps we'll never know. For fans of comic artists, Neal Adams created the original poster art you see on the cover of this DVD. Overall H.O.T.B.M. is not for everyone, fans should have this in their collection, as for the casual buyer you may wonder what all the fuss is about. Now's your chance to find out."
Recipe: Place Two Movies In Blender. Press Mix Button.
Robert I. Hedges | 02/23/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Al Adamson is one of the all time greats in the ridiculously bad horror movie genre. "Horror of the Blood Monsters" is basically a movie from the Philippines called "Tagani", with a whole additional plot wrapped around it featuring a scenery-chewing performance by John Carradine in a space ship. In the beginning of the film you will be led to believe that the movie is about vampirism, but it is actually more of a journey into space so realistic you'll swear you are watching the NASA channel. OK, seriously, the scientific expedition which may remind you of the much earlier "Rocketship X-M", is so outrageously hokey that you will not be able to stop rolling around on the floor laughing. The expedition is led by John Carradine and two other guys named Willy and Bob. They have some sort of accident which forces them to land on this planet (which looks suspiciously like a globe of the Earth) filled with every sci-fi cliche known to man: beautiful cave women in bathing suits, cavemen with big teeth (the alleged connection to the vampire introduction), flying monkey (bat?) creatures on visible wires, lobstermen vulnerable to primitive wrestling holds, shots of two pet store size lizards wrestling as if they were dinosaurs, etc. None of that is that remarkable, but it was filmed in "Demonic Color" according to the box, which symbolizes the deadly 'chromic radiation' that endangers them all. Actually it is a filter making entire scenes look red, yellow, green, or blue. You will just love the 'special effects'. The cast is perfect for the film and all engage in their individual pieces of rank melodrama with gusto, led of course, by the all time champion grumpy-old-man, John Carradine. This would have made an excellent MST3K. They just don't make movies like this anymore, which is a shame. This is one of Al Adamson's best (by which I actually mean worst), and I highly recommend it to bad movie buffs anywhere!"