Written by: Michael Den Boer on February 9th, 2017
Theatrical Release Dates: 1970, USA (Blood Mania), USA, 1971 (Point of Terror)
Directors: Robert Vincent O’Neill (Blood Mania), Alex Nicol (Point of Terror)
Writers: Peter Carpenter, Tony Crechales, Toby Sacher (Blood Mania), Peter Carpenter, Ernest A. Charles, Tony Crechales, Chris Marconi (Point of Terror)
Cast: Peter Carpenter, Maria De Aragon, Vicki Peters, Reagan Wilson, Jacqueline Dalya, Leslie Simms, Eric Allison, Arell Blanton, Alex Rocco, Reid Smith, Chris Marconi (Blood Mania), Peter Carpenter, Dyanne Thorne, Lory Hansen, Leslie Simms, Joel Marston, Paula Mitchell, Dana Diamond, Al Dunlap, Ernest A. Charles, Roberta Robson, Tony Kent
BluRay released: January 31st, 2017
Approximate running times: 80 minutes (Blood Mania), 87 minutes (Point of Terror)
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive / MPEG-4 AVC (Both Films)
Rating: R (Both Films)
Sound: DTS-HD Mono English (Both Films)
Subtitles: English SDH (Both Films)
BluRay Release: Vinegar Syndrome
Region Coding: Region Free
Retail Price: $34.98
Blood Mania was directed by Robert Vincent O’Neill, who’s other notable films include, The Psycho Lover, Angel and Avenging Angel. Other notable contributors on Blood Mania include its cinematographers Robert Maxwell (The Candy Snatchers, The Centerfold Girls) and Gary Graver (Invasion of the Bee Girls, The Toolbox Murders) and co-screenwriter Peter Carpenter, who also happens to be the star of Blood Mania.
Content wise, Blood Mania has all the ingredients one would want and expect from a Horror film. The film features a strong premise, the narrative is well constructed and pacing is never an as things move along at a good momentum. And just how much mileage that one can get out of Blood Mania, really depends on one’s state of mind while watching this sleazy exploitation film. For instance, if you go into this film expecting a story rooted in substance, then you have come to the wrong place. On the other hand, if you are just looking for some good old fashion exploitation cinema, then you have come to the right place.
From a production stand point one of this film’s strongest assets are its visuals. Which at times have a Film Noir like vibe going on and other times they venture into the psychedelic realm. The performances in the film are best described as adequate. With this film’s most memorable performance being Maria De Aragon (The Cremators) in the role of Victoria Waterman, the ailing businessman’s nympho daughter.
Point of Terror: A nightclub singer who is determined to make it big is willing to do anything and dispose of anyone who stands in his way of achieve this goal.
Point of Terror was directed by Alex Nicol (The Screaming Skull). Key collaborators on Point of Terror include, cinematographer Robert Maxwell (The Candy Snatchers, The Centerfold Girls) and composers Don Hulette (Horror High, Death Machines) and Don Vincent (Blood Mania).
“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”, This saying perfectly sums up Point of Terror a film that takes many of its elements from Blood Mania, a film that features many of the same cast & crew. With the names of the players being changed, though the outcome remains the same.
Though the narrative is well laid out when it comes to interjecting moments of sleaze and carnage. There are a few lulls along the way which affect this film’s pacing.
From a production stand point the visuals are once again another high point. And once again the performances are merely adequate. With this film’s most memorable performance being Dyanne Thorne (Sin in the Suburbs, Ilsa: She Wolf of the SS) in the role of Andrea Hilliard, the attention starved wife of a crippled record executive.
Blood Mania and Point of Terror come on a 50 GB dual layer BluRay. Both films are presented in a 1080 progressive widescreen. Both films scanned and restored in 2k from their 35mm camera negative. Both transfers in in excellent shape and when compared to previous home video releases they are superior in every way. Grain remains intact and there are no issues with DNR or compression.
Each film comes with one audio option, a DTS-HD mono mix in English. Dialog always comes through clearly and everything sounds balanced. The more ambient aspects of these mixes are well represented and range wise both sound robust when they need too. Included with this release are removable English SDH subtitles for both films.
Extras for Blood Mania include, an introduction with director Robert Vincent O’Neill (18 seconds), a promotional stills gallery, a trailer for the film (1 minute 7 seconds), 2 T.V. spots (30 seconds & 20 seconds), an interview with Robert Vincent O’Neill (8 minutes 20 seconds), an interview with actress Leslie Simms (14 minutes 4 seconds) and an audio commentary track with Robert Vincent O’Neill, Leslie Simms and actress Vicki Peters.
Topics discussed in the interview with Leslie Simms include, her origins as an actor, how she taught acting and one of her students was Paige Carpenter (Peter Carpenter), Blood Mania and Point of Terror, the cast and other production related topics.
Topics discussed in the interview with Robert Vincent O’Neill include, his origins as a filmmaker, Like Mother Like Daughter, The Psycho Lover, Blood Mania and his thoughts about how the film turned out, cinematographer Robert Maxwell, Wonder Women and Angel.
Topics discussed in the audio commentary include, Peter Carpenter, the cast and information about them, making the most out this films limited resources, how the original director was replaced, cinematographer’s Robert Maxwell and Gary Graver, they discuss and compared the footage that each cinematographer shot, the T.V. version of the film and what had to be cut and added to it, Crown International and other production related topics.
Extras for Point of Terror include, a promotional stills gallery, a trailer for the film (2 minutes 23 seconds) and 2 T.V. spots (30 seconds & 20 seconds).
Other extras include, a reversible cover art and alternate TV versions for Blood Mania (90 minutes 29 seconds – 1.33:1 aspect ratio) and Point of Terror (91 minutes 24 seconds – 1.33:1 aspect ratio).
Also included with this release is a DVD that has the same content included on the Blu-Ray included as part of this combo release. Overall another solid double feature release from Vinegar Syndrome.
Note: This Blu-Ray / DVD combo release is a limited-edition release of 3,000 copies.
Blood Mania T.V. Version Screenshots
Point of Terror T.V. Version Screenshots