Plot: What’s it about?
In Blood Suckers, we watch as a group of friends try to locate Richard Fountain, who disappeared during a visit to Greece. Fountain was an Oxford scholar and was set to marry one of the friends, but then he up and vanished, without even a word to them. But Fountain is still around and he’s in real trouble, as he has fallen under the spell of a gorgeous vampire, Chriseis. The band of swingers he now cavorts with take massive amounts of drugs, while also being involved in various brutal murders. The friends eventually track down Richard and believe they have ended his bad run, but little do they know what the future holds. In Blood Thirst we travel to Manila, where a string of bodies have turned up, all female and all bloodless. So an American sex-crime expert ventures to the area and begins his search, though he soon becomes pulled into the scheme himself. He discovers a most unusual monster with a hideous face and soon, finds himself tangled up with a Golden Goddess, which could spell out his doom. Can this special investigator solve this baffling case and put an end to the murders, or will he also fall prey to whatever killer hunts these women?
Another great double feature has arrived from Something Weird (via Image Entertainment) and this time, it’s a double dose of vampires. I had seen Blood Suckers before and was pleased to be able to own it, but Blood Thirst had escaped me to this point, so this was a real double whammy for me, to be sure. Blood Suckers (a.k.a. Incense for the Damned) is an offbeat movie that can be hard to follow, but I like most of it, especially some of the strange camera work. Peter Cushing (Dracula: Prince of Darkness) makes an appearance, which is of note of course, while Patrick Macnee of The Avengers fame has a more prominent role. The movie is not for everyone, but fans of Cushing and vampire flicks should find it worth a look. The second half of this double dip is Blood Thirst, which is another fun movie with some hilarious moments. I mean, the unusual face of the monster is enough to warrant a look, if you ask me. It drags at times, but was still a good time and genre fans should be pleased. With two fun vampire flicks for the price of one, plus some cool extras, this release offers a great value and as such, it comes highly recommended.
Video: How does it look?
The included full frame transfers look better than expected, but both could use a little work, that’s for sure. Blood Suckers is in color and looks pretty worn, although the image is still better than previous releases. The colors seem dated at times, but this was made in the 1970s after all, so that’s to be expected, I think. The print used is cleaner than I had counted on, but still shows a lot of debris and nicks. Even so, I can’t imagine this movie getting a better treatment than this, as I am sure Something Weird used the best materials they could find. Blood Thirst looks cleaner most of the time, but also has grain and debris here & there. The image here is black & white and looks good, very smooth contrast and no loss of detail is evident. These are by no means pristine visual transfers, but I think this is about as good as it gets, unless some restoration work is done.
Audio: How does it sound?
The audio on both movies is mono and basic, no real problems to report, but no real praise to be given either. The tracks have held up well over the years and have little in terms of age related issues, which is great news. I did hear some slight distortion at times, but nothing serious and given the nature of these movies, that’s expected. The music and sound effects are as good as mono from the 70s allows, while dialogue is clean and never hard to understand. You won’t want to use these tracks to showcase your surround sound, but this is about as good as we can hope for, due to the age and nature of these pictures.
Supplements: What are the extras?
This disc includes a combo trailer for these two movies, as well as a nice selection of themed goodies. You can enable the special “Let’s Go to the Drive-In” mode, which runs both films back to back, with various intermissions and such included. This is a cool inclusion as always, especially if you’re watching both films with a bunch of friends, to enhance the atmosphere. This disc also includes two bonus short films (The Horny Vampire & Midsummer Nightmare), a selection of bonus combo trailers, and a selection of exploitation artwork.