BLOOD OF GHASTLY HORROR
THE FIEND WITH THE ELECTRONIC BRAIN; THE MAN WITH THE SYNTHETIC BRAIN; PSYCHO-A-GO-GO
Blood of Ghastly Horror is not so much bad as it is dreary and dull. As a director, Al Adamson lacks any style or imagination. His work, aside from the miserable cheapness, is utterly pedestrian on every level. The film never generates the remotest frisson or thrill. The fight scenes here must rank as some of the most unconvincing ever put on film. Adamsons monsters are, as always, badly made up variations on the classic figures of the 1940s.
What is perhaps most laughable about the film is its ramshackle structure. As with most of Al Adamsons films, Blood of Ghastly Horror was made over several years and has been known and shown under several different titles. It intriguingly began life not even as a horror movie but as a diamond robbery thriller. All the scenes with Roy Morton as Joe Corey and the extended climax with he pursuing Tracey Robbins into the mountains come from here. Shot later at various points have been the scenes with John Carradine, who in his brief appearance adds a spindly dignity to the film; and other scenes with Tommy Kirks detective and mad scientist Kent Taylor abducting Regina Carrol. Adamson makes an ungainly attempt to transform the jewel robbery film into a monster movie by trying to convince us that Morton is not a petty hoodlum but in an uncanny prefigural of The Terminal Man (1974) is the result of an electronic brain implant gone wrong, which has caused him to become a homicidal maniac. The results are completely unconvincing.
Al Adamson directed a number of genre films including Satans Sadists (1969) about a sadistic motorcycle gang; Blood of Draculas Castle (1969); Horror of the Blood Monsters/Vampire Men of the Lost Planet (1970); the Filipino mad scientist/monster movie Brain of Blood (1971); Dracula vs. Frankenstein (1971); the softcore sf film Cinderella 2000 (1977); the possession film Nurse Sherri/Beyond the Living (1977); Death Dimension (1978), an action film with some sf elements; co-directed Dr Dracula (1980), which is confusingly about the reincarnation of Svengali; and the bizarre childrens film Carnival Magic (1981) about an intelligent circus chimpanzee.
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