Plot: What’s it about?
In Night of the Bloody Apes, Dr. Krallman (Jose Elias Moreno) has been given some terrible news and is having a hard time dealing with his son’s tragic illness. A transplant could save his son from the fatal heart disease, but that isn’t going to happen, which means Krallman is forced to cope with losing his own child. But he decides to take his son Julio’s life into his own hands and give his child some kind of chance at survival, even if it is an immense longshot. He performs a transplant of his own, but since he doesn’t have a human heart, he implants the heart of a gorilla and the result is not too promising. Julio is transformed into a massive hulk of a man with a monkey’s facial stature, as well as a sadistic mean streak. His father has a new idea to cut down on murdered women, but will this new operation be more of a success than the last? In Feast of Flesh, a masked maniac prowls the beaches and when he comes across beautiful young chicks, he injects them heroine and turns them into his love slaves. Whenever he wishes to have them come to him, he simply tickles the keys on his organ and soon enough, his love slaves arrive. Can anyone stop this madness, or will this sick creep turn the entire area into his personal sex farm?
I have been a fan of Something Weird’s wonderful double features from the start, but this is perhaps their best one yet, with two outlandish schlock classics on one disc. Night of the Bloody Apes stands as one of the most unusual films I’ve ever seen, complete with random wrestling moments and footage from an actual open-heart surgery session. Rene Cardona’s direction is outrageous, as we’re taken from offbeat sequence to offbeat sequence, with few stops for storyline refills as we pass. The premise is hilarious, the lack of resources is hilarious, and in short, Night of the Bloody Apes is hilarious, a must see for fans of bad cinema. It has so many off the wall moments, I can’t even begin to mention them all and in the end, it is simply one of those films you have to witness to believe it even exists. Another such film is Feast of Flesh (aka The Deadly Organ), an unbelievable piece of trash cinema from Emilio Vieyra, who also directed the super fun The Curious Dr. Humpp. If you’re the kind of person who finds David Lynch movies to be odd, wait until you lay your virgin eyes upon this beast. I mean, you know a movie has turned into a bad acid flashback when cops start to use LSD as a truth serum, you know? When you take these two schlock masterpieces and offer them both for a super low price, plus throw in a host of cool extras, I have no choice but to give this release my highest recommendation.
Video: How does it look?
Night of the Bloody Apes is presented in a full frame transfer, which seems to be an open matte edition. The print used looks terrific and puts previous video versions to shame, with a clean and bright overall picture. The colors here seem unharmed by the tolls of time, with no dullness or fading present in the hues, while flesh tones look natural also. I found contrast to be better than expected, with refined black levels and no visible loss, which is good news, since most prior video editions were murky in the darker scenes. I am quite pleased with the visual treatment here, as Something Weird has rounded up some solid materials.
Feast of Flesh is presented in a 1.66:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer. I had low expectation here, but this is actually a nice looking effort, from the clean source print to the anamorphic enhancement, terrific work indeed. The print has some marks and a few scratches, but still looks good for what it is, a low profile, low budget schlock picture. The black & white visuals come off well here also, with well balanced black levels throughout and no real signs of serious softness to mention. As I said, I had some reservations on this and Night of the Bloody Apes, but Something Weird has delivered with both transfers.
Audio: How does it sound?
The mono soundtracks might not be crystal clear and razor sharp, but given the material involved, I’m surprised they sound this solid. So you’ll hear some pops, cracks, and hiss, but in all reality, we’re lucky that the materials have held up this well, given the nature and budget of the movies present. The music and sound effects are thin throughout, but as I said, you have to score this one on a different scale, as no one should expect these films to sound as good as more recent releases, not even close. The English dub tracks on both films leave a lot to be desired, but given the probable lack of quality equipment involved, I doubt the original voice tapes still exist, so I can’t complain much there.
Supplements: What are the extras?
This disc includes three minutes of outtakes of Night of the Bloody Apes, plus a combo trailer of the films, a trailer under the title of The Deadly Organ, and a selection of television spots. A quartet of bonus short films can also be found here, with Gorilla and the Maiden, The World’s Championship Women’s Wrestling Contest, Artists’ Paradise, and White Gorilla, all fun and more than worth a look or two. Rounding out the supplements is a massive vault of schlock trailers of all kinds, plus a gallery of artwork with radio spots.