Blood Mania (1970)

Article 1920 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 6-17-2006
Posting Date: 11-14-2006
Directed by Robert Vincent O’Neill
Featuring Peter Carpenter, Maria De Aragon, Vicki Peters

When a doctor finds himself at the mercy of a blackmailer, the sex-crazed daughter of one of his rich patients concocts a scheme to get the money for him if he’ll sleep with her.

“Blood” Mania, huh? Well, maybe during the last ten minutes of the movie. During the first seventy minutes the obsession is clearly with other bodily fluids. All of the female characters here have sex on their minds, and most of them spend the movie in various states of undress to emphasize this obsession. The nurse is the only one who has a sense of humor about it, and not only does she remain clothed throughout, but she also gives the best performance in the movie (maybe because she was cast for her acting ability?). It’s not much of a horror movie, but I guess all the sex and nudity give it the title of “erotic thriller”. All in all, it’s pretty bad, though I do find it amusing that the doctor ends up being blackmailed by one person for money, and the person trying to get the money for him to pay the blackmailer is blackmailing him for sex. The final twist is no fun at all. Robert Vincent O’Neill also directed THE PSYCHO LOVER .



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