[also known as Brides Of Blood Island, Brides Of Death, Brides Of The Beast, Island Of The Living Horror, Orgy Of Blood, Terror On Blood Island]
Directors Eddie Romero, Gerardo de Leon Producer Eddie Romero Executive Producer Kane W. Lynn
Cast John Ashley (Jim Farrell), Kent Taylor (Dr Paul Henderson), Mario Montenegro (Esteban Powers), Beverly “Hills”/Powers (Carla Henderson), Eva Darren (Alma), Oscar Keesee [Jr] (Captain Macbee), Ely Ramos Jr, Bruno Punzalan (Goro), Andres Centenera (Arcadio), Pedro Navarro, Carmelita Estrella, Quiel Mendoza, Willie Tomada, Ben Sanchez, Angelita Alba
Review by Andrew Leavold
The lure of the
And so begins Brides Of Blood. On a steamboat are Peace Corps volunteer Jim Farrell (former matinee idol John Ashley), the radiation expert Dr Henderson (Kent Taylor) and his frustrated wife Carla (played by a former stripper with the unlikely but appropriate name Beverly Hills), a top-heavy B beauty with a shroud of hairspray around her polyethylene hair mountain and who manages to walk through a jungle without soiling her white shoes.
They land on
Female patrons in its numerous drive-in runs were offered plastic wedding rings so they would be promised to the monster. Cheesy, yes, and old-fashioned even for 1968, but so successful was its exploitation hyperbole that Ashley, Romero and de Leon returned the following year with Mad Doctor Of Blood Island - not strictly a sequel, but a repeat of the formula with more flesh on display, a less laughable mutant creature on the prowl, and more green and red ooze in equal measures. Then came Beast Of Blood in 1970, completing the so-called “