Blood (1974)

BLOOD (1974)
Article 2295 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 7-7-2007
Posting Date: 11-24-2007
Directed by Andy Milligan
Featuring Allan Berendt, Hope Stansbury, Patricial Gaul

The son of the Wolf Man and the daughter of Dracula rent a house and terrorize the neighbors with the help of a room of carnivorous plants.

This is the third of the Andy Milligan films I’ve seen, and with it, I’m beginning to get a feel for the Andy Milligan viewing experience. It starts out leaving the impression that it’s going to be a bit better than it is, thanks to the fairly quick pace. But then you start to notice the problems; the acting seems rushed (most likely because Milligan has more story than can easily fit on the amount of footage he had to play with), which results in the inability to establish anything in the way of mood or atmosphere. The acting is highly variable, from the competent to the gratingly bad. The sound is terrible; during many of the scenes of this movie, the dialogue is upstaged by a sound like someone rubbing their body against a squeaky vinyl chair. The period costumes only underline the fact that there is simply no period feel to the proceedings, and one gets the feeling all the characters are playing some kind of game of dress-up. The makeup is often queasily bad. His treatment of animals is abominable; this time, a mouse in a trap is dismembered with a cleaver before your eyes, and there’s little doubt that a real mouse was killed for the scene. Once again, the overall experience is unpleasant and headache-inducing; it’s the antithesis of fun. IMDB lists the running time at 74 minutes, but my print seems short of about fifteen of them, but I highly doubt the presence of them would improve the movie much. That’s Andy Milligan for you.


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