Blood of Ghastly Horror

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Blood of Ghastly Horror
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DVD cover for 'Blood of Ghastly Horror'
Directed by Al Adamson
Produced by Al Adamson
Charles McMullen
Zoe Phillips
Samuel M. Sherman
J.P. Spohn
Don Geuss
Written by Al Adamson
Mark Eden
Chris Martino
Dick Poston
Samuel M. Sherman
Starring John Carradine
Kent Taylor
Tommy Kirk
Regina Carrol
Roy Morton
Music by Don McGinnis
Jimmie Roosa
Cinematography Louis Horvath
Vilmos Zsigmond
Edited by O'Dale Ireland
Distributed by Troma Entertainment
Release date
1972
Running time
87 minutes
Language English

Blood of Ghastly Horror is a 1972 horror film directed by Al Adamson and starring John Carradine.[1]

Much of the footage in the film was previously released in 1965 as part of a crime thriller feature entitled Psycho A-Go-Go.[2]

Prior to this in 1966 additional footage was added and the film was re-released as The Fiend with the Electronic Brain.[3]

New footage was shot for the 1972 version in an effort to introduce more horror and science fiction elements.[4]

Plot[edit]

Dr. Howard Vanard (John Carradine) implants a strange electronic brain component into the brain of returning soldier Joe Corey (Roy Morton) who becomes a psychotic killer. After a robbery, the money is thrown into the back of a car belonging to David Clarke. Corey returns to Dr. Vanards' lab and kills him and then follows Clarke's wife Linda and daughter Nancy, who unknowingly have the money in the car. Corey chases the pair across a snow-covered country-side before being shot by pursuing police and falling off a cliff and dying. Some years later, Susan Vanard (Regina Carrol) tells the police she's been getting mental messages from her father, the late doctor. Sgt. Cross (Tommy Kirk) who has been investigating a recent series of murders that have taken place and can't seem to find any clues. Meanwhile, a strange scientist, Dr. Elton Corey (Kent Taylor) brings to life a zombie called Akro and sets out to avenge those responsible for the death of his son. Sgt. Grimaldi tracks down the zombie but is killed and his heart is mailed to Sgt. Cross. Susan is captured by the zombie and taken to Dr. Corey who injects her with a serum that turns her into something like Akro. Sgt. Cross follows some clues left by his dead partner and finds Dr. Corey's lab, then kills both him and Akro. Susan takes a serum that reverses the process and returns to normal.

Cast[edit]

  • John Carradine as Dr. Howard Vanard
  • Kent Taylor as Dr. Elton Corey
  • Tommy Kirk as Sgt.Cross
  • Regina Carrol as Susan Vanard
  • Roy Morton as Joe Corey
  • Tracey Robbins as Linda Clarke
  • Arne Warde as Sgt Grimaldi
  • Richard Smedley as Arko
  • Kirk Duncan as David Clarke
  • Tanya Maree as Vicky
  • Barney Gelfan as Detective
  • K.K Riddle as Nancy Clarke

Production[edit]

Tommy Kirk appeared in the film for $1,000 for two days filming. He regards it as a low point of his career.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Blood of Ghastly Horror". The New York Times. 
  2. ^ Bill Gibron (2004-03-30). "Blood of Ghastly Horror". DVD Verdict. 
  3. ^ The New York Times
  4. ^ Unscripted final reel. Adamson, Al. The Guardian (1959-2003) London (UK). 09 Aug 1995: 11.
  5. ^ Minton, Kevin, "Sex, Lies, and Disney Tape: Walt’s Fallen Star", Filmfax Issue 38, April 1993 p 71

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