Written by: George Pacheco on December 9th, 2016
BluRay released: November 22nd, 2016
Approximate running times: 83 minutes (Uncensored X-Rated Theatrical Cut), 88 minutes (Uncensored Director’s Cut)
Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive / MPEG-4 AVC
Sound: DTS-HD Mono English (Both Versions)
Subtitles: English SDH (Both Versions
BluRay Release: Grindhouse Releasing
Region Coding: Region Free
Retail Price: $39.99
Director David Durston’s (The Love Statue, Stigma) 1970 feature I Drink Your Blood is one of those special films from the exploitation era which continues to possess a strong vibrant life and fan base, despite being released almost fifty years ago. This is because the film is simply such a fun and well-paced time capsule of juvenile delinquency, occultism and revenge, all wrapped within a sticky, well-worn drive-in wrapper.
The plot is relatively simple, as a group of devil worshiping hippie types descend upon a small town to wreak havoc and generally do as they please. They run into trouble, however, when they cross a small boy, his sister and grandfather in an ill-advised attack. The boy then plots his revenge by injecting rabies into an assortment of meat pies, which he then feeds to the hippie cult…with disastrous consequences.
The highly entertaining Bhaskar Chowdhury portrays Horace Bones, the cult leader who sets these wheels in motion, and he’s joined by a capable cast of mostly unknown actors. It should be noted that the gorgeous Lynn Lowry (Score, The Crazies) appears in an uncredited early role as a mute member of the gang, Carrie. The camera loves her, and Lowry’s performance is mesmerizing, despite the actress having no lines, so expressive are her eyes and face.
The special gore and makeup effects are both effective and fun, despite the bright red blood and obvious fake mannequin heads which make an appearance. One of the most iconic scenes of the film is when a group of construction workers fall victim to the contagious, rabid virus, as a result of an implied group sex session with one of the hippie girls. Their foaming, manic response to their infection serves as one of the film’s climactic scenes, culminating in an all out chaotic finale which leaves the viewer satisfied that I Drink Your Blood is truly one of grindhouse cinema’s beloved, dirty diamonds in the rough.
The main feature I Drink Your Blood and its two versions are presented a 25 GB single layer BluRay. The film is presented in a 1080 progressive widescreen. The source used for this transfer is in on great shape, details look sharp, black levels remain strong, grain looks natural and there are no issues with DNR or compression.
Each version of I Drink Your Blood comes with one audio option, a DTS-HD mono mix in English and included with this release are removable English SDH subtitles. Both audio mixes sound, clean, clear and balanced.
Extras for this release are spread over two discs.
Extras on disc one include, four deleted scenes with optional audio commentary and play all option (6 minutes 3 seconds – total running time), Outtakes (3 minutes 10 seconds), Mahoning Drive-in Show (5 minutes 47), an Easter Egg – a public service video about handling food (9 minutes 22 seconds) and three audio commentaries – the first audio commentary is with screenwriter / director David E. Durston and actor Bhaskar and the second audio commentary is with actors Jack Damon and Tyde Kierney. These two audio commentaries can only be accessed while watching the Uncensored X-Rated Theatrical Cut. The third audio commentary is with David E. Durston and Bhaskar. And the third audio commentary can only be played while watching Uncensored Director’s Cut.
The remaining extras for this release are located on a second 50 GB dual layer BluRay.
Extras on disc two include, a double feature radio spots (58 seconds) and double feature trailer for I Drink your Blood / I Eat Your Skin (2 minutes 49 seconds), bio’s / filmographies for David E. Durston, Bhaskar Roy Chowdhury and producer Jerry Gross, a Stills Gallery that is broken down into six sections, two German super 8mm versions of I Drink Your Blood, the first super 8mm under the title Haus Des Blutigen Schreckens (15 minutes 59 seconds, in German with no English subtitles) and the second super 8mm under the title Die Satansbande (23 minutes 45 seconds, in German with no English subtitles) and in the section marked interviews there are five featurettes, the first one is titled The I Drink Your Blood Show (28 minutes 52 seconds), the second one is titled David Durston Going for the Jugular (59 minutes 50 seconds), the third one is titled I Drink Your Blood Reunion New Beverly Cinema (34 minutes 56 seconds) and two featurettes from Cinema Wasteland 2004 (17 minutes 10 seconds) and (3 minutes 48 seconds).
Easter Eggs on disc two include, three radio spots for Stigma (1 minute 23 seconds) and trailers for Zombie (1 minute 32 seconds) and Africa, Blood and Guts (2 minutes 25 seconds), a clip from 2002 Cult Movie Awards with David E. Durston (9 minutes 31 seconds), a clip of Bhaskar doing the Cobra dance (6 minutes 12 seconds) and a clip of David E. Durston signing about low budget filmmaking (2 minutes 18 seconds).
Other extras include, two bonus feature films. The first film is titled I Eat Your Skin (81 minutes 20 seconds – 1080 Progressive, English language track). Extras for this film include, a trailer for They Came from the Swamp (3 minutes 40 seconds) and an interview with 2nd unit director William Grefe (18 minutes 12 seconds). The second film is titled Blue Sextet and it is also directed by David E. Durston (89 minutes 26 seconds – 1080 Progressive, English language track). Extras for this film include, an audio commentary track with producer / actor Jack Damon.
Rounding out extras on disc two is a Grindhouse Releasing Previews Reel and it includes the following trailers, The Beyond, Pieces, Cannibal Holocaust, Cannibal Forex, Cat in the Brain, The Tough Ones, Massacre Mafia Style, Gone with the Pope, An American Hippie in Israel, Corruption, The Swimmer, The Big Gundown and I Drink Your Blood.
Included with this release is an eight-page booklet, that contains an essay about the film written by David Szulkin and two David E. Durston Tributes written by Tyde Kierney and John Damon, respectively. Needless to say, this release comes with a wealth of extra content that leaves no stone unturned. Overall I Drink Your Blood gets a definitive release from Grindhouse Releasing, highly recommended.
Note: This Blu-Ray release is a limited-edition release of 3,000 copies.