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Mad Doctor of Blood Island

Philippines 1968
produced by
Hemisphere Entertainment
directed by Gerardo de Leon, Eddie Romero
starring John Ashley, Ronald Remy, Angelique Pettyjohn, Alicia Alonzo, Alfonso Carvajal

Blood Island

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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On "Blood Island" the monsters are loose (again): Mad Doctor Ronald Remy injects many of the natives he holds prisoner in his underground-lab chlorophyll, turning their blood (& skin) green. But, as such experiments (in horror movies, at least) are bound to go wrong, one of his "patients" (he was looking for a cure for leukaemia, actually) has turned into a bloodthirsty monster with only a vague remembrance of his past life (that's actually why he refuses to kill his son & his former lover). Luckily, hero John Ashley interferes, with Angelique Pettyjohn providing the love interest).

 

Another of these easy-to-love, easy-to-despise Filipino horror movies, & as the title already suggests, one of Eddie Romero's & Gerardo de Leon's Blood Island- movies. The plot was already old even back in the 60's, & the addition of a little gore (some dismemberments are actually quite graphically handled) didn't do all that much to spice it up, but the strange, other-worldly atmosphere that permeates a great many of de Leon's movies does elevate Mad Doctor ... somewhat above other  mad doctor-movies.

While the gore effects in this one are actually quite expertly handled, this doesn't go for the main monster, showing it clearly as a man in a rubber mask, & even the rapid-fire zoom-in-zoom-out doesn't help much to hide that fact !

Still, fun to watch !

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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