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World War II: The American Army tries to take an insignificant little
island in the Pacific, but their whole battalion is mowed down by the
Japanese - the whole battalion but Moe (Richard Devon) and Ken (ron
Kennedy), who is left paralyzed by his injuries though and whom Moe, who
has literally saved his life, has to look after from now on. However, the
Japanese are still on the island, so Moe and Ken have to hide out in a
cave, always trying to make ends meet, and have to watch out for their
enemy. Eventually, Moe is even forced to kill one with his own hands, an
experience that leaves him traumatized - yet the more the two men discuss
their situation, the more they come to the conclusion they have to kill
all the Japanese in their sleep by hand grenades in order to survive on
the island themselves ... but just when they are about to, they see the
Japanese commit mass suicide (don't ask, it's never explained).
their enemy gone however, soon rifts build between the two men that
culminate in Ken calling Moe a Jew - upon which their bond threatens to
break for good. Since they are in this together though, Ken and Moe
somehow make up, even if their relationship is never the same again ...
eventually though, they find goats on the island, a species that simply
doesn't belong on an island in the Pacific, and they start to wonder if
they are going out of their minds ... until they find a battalion of GIs -
and just in time too, since the GIs tell them the island will go up in an
atom bomb test ...
Filmed back to back with Roger Corman's Last
Woman on Earth and Creature from
the Haunted Sea, Battle of Blood Island is the most serious
of the trio - and ironically probably also the cheapest: There are only
two actors with actual roles to speak of, a very limited number of cheap
sets, no special effects and the like, etc etc - and what this film proves
is that you can make an intelligent movie out of very little, as long as
the story's good. However, that doesn't make Battle of Blood Island
a great movie, it might have a good plot, but the directorial effort is
rather flat and uninspired and the actors are merely adequate ... but
while it's no masterpiece, the film is still worth a look, and it will
most certainly not insult your intelligence.