I EAT YOUR SKIN
I Drink Your Blood is highly entertaining but I Eat Your Skin is dreary and uninteresting in all regards. What is of interest about the two films, which otherwise have nothing in common even thematically, is that they represent the two different cinematic views on zombies. I Eat Your Skin was made before George Romero came along and features zombies in the original sense of the meaning where they are dumb, shuffling creatures restored to life via Caribbean voodoo rituals. Most films in this vein draw on the two classics of the genre White Zombie (1932) and I Walked with a Zombie (1943) which between them inspired a modest output of B-budget voodoo/zombie films throughout the 1940s. By contrast, I Drink Your Blood was made after and is directly influenced by Romeros Night of the Living Dead (1968), which forever identified the zombie as something risen from the dead and hungry for human flesh. I Drink Your Blood is not strictly a zombie film per se the people in it are more infected as opposed to risen dead but the influence of Romeros zombies is unmistakeable. (The title here is also inaccurate as there is no scenes throughout where any human flesh is eaten).
Compared to I Drink Your Blood, which was vibrant, entertaining and rich in ultra-violence, I Eat Your Skin is plodding and drearily dull. The direction is prosaic and fails to even make the Florida locations (which stand in for the Caribbean) interesting. Del Tenney does craft some okay looking voodoo ritual scenes, which have a fervid flavour that looks authentic. The films best feature is its zombies when they first appear with big white opaque circles instead of eyes and cracked and peeling skin, the effect is quite unearthly. However, the zombies only make sporadic appearances throughout and feel criminally underused as a threat. The film otherwise slowly trudges its way towards an uninteresting end.
Del Tenney made a number of low-budget genre films during the 1960s. These include producing Psychomania/Violent Midnight (1963) and directing The Curse of the Living Corpse (1964) and the Z-movie classic The Horror of Party Beach (1964). After 1964, Tenney appears to have vanished altogether, although he did reappear about 40 years later with the script for Do You Want to Know a Secret? (2001) and as director of Descendent (2003).
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