Vinegar Syndrome has released a Blood Mania/Point of Terror Blu-ray/DVD double pack of two 1970’s films starring Peter Carpenter. The pack includes Blood Mania from 1970 and Point of Terror from 1971. It’s like a double shot of cinema sleaze jabbed right into your eyeballs! This is a region free Blu-ray and 2 DVD set limited to 3,000 copies.
The first film on tap is Blood Mania from Robert Vincent O’Neill (Wonder Women, Avenging Angel). Peter Carpenter stars as Dr. Craig Cooper, lover extraordinaire. He also has a shady past of being an abortion doctor that now someone is trying to black mail him about for $50,000. Thankfully Doctor Craig has an understanding girlfriend Victoria played by Maria De Aragon (co-star of the equally odd Wonder Women and original Greedo from Star Wars!)
Unfortunately, Victoria is a very unstable woman. Victoria wants to end her father’s life a bit early so that she can inherit all daddy’s money. She comes up with a convoluted plan to end his life early and help Dr. Cooper get the money he needs, but everything is not as easy as she thinks. The big question is will Victoria finally get what she wants? You’ll just have to stay tuned until the very end! Be on the look out for an early screen role of Alex Rocco (Godfather).
Blood Mania is shot a lot like a Columbo episode and it’s written as if those same writers could take acid and show nudity on television. It’s a breast bearing soap opera with violence thrown in for good measure. Now don’t get the wrong idea and think with a title like Blood Mania that it will be gore soaked. There is very little blood at all actually (and even then only at the climax). However it is a trippy, drive-in oddball of a film with a great psychedelic soundtrack.
Next up we have 1971’s Point of Terror by Director Alex Nichol (Screaming Skull). Peter Carpenter this time stars as Tony Trelos. He is a lounge singer who wakes up on a private beach owned by Andrea as played by Dyanne Thorne (Ilsa from those German exploitation films). The two quickly hit it off but things become more complex when mixed with murder and sleeping around. Is this all a nightmare? You will just have to watch to find out! Point of Terror is a prototypical exploitation film filled with odd characters, wacky acid tripping lighting and 1970’s lounge music.
There seemed to be a bit of duplication in these two films in at least the type of stories that they are conveying. Perhaps it was amplified by watching them back to back. Because of this, I think I enjoyed Blood Mania a little bit more because it seemed to be a bit more entertaining. The songs in Point of Terror are pretty cringe worthy and laughable, but of course that is part of the charm of these films.
Again this is essentially a trashy soap opera filled with ridiculous characters. The colors are very vivid and this time there are long music interludes featuring Peter Carpenter trying his hardest to be a knockoff Tom Jones. The musician Tom Jones and not the book, although that would be an interesting movie. Anyway, these films are very much so a part of 1970’s cinema that just can’t be replicated today.
Both of these films have a dream-like (or nightmarish) quality to them. The lighting and acting really add to that effect in the films. This in and of itself makes them interesting to me. I can imagine that this would not be to everyone’s interest level, but those who are into it will appreciate these very much. It is so nice to finally have them available in high definition.
Vinegar Syndrome outdid themselves in the picture and sound quality of these films. I have seen Blood Mania before and it was pretty rough. However, this release is a shining example of the effort Vin Syn put forth in their transfers. This is the definitive release of these films. The films have been newly restored in 2k from their original 35mm negatives. There is reversible cover art, and English subtitles are included. Both films have DTS-HD Master Mono Audio.
Blood Mania/Point of Terror Special Features:
Introduction on Blood Mania by Director Robert Vincent O’Neill.
Commentary track on Blood Mania with Director Robert Vincent O’Neill, and actresses Leslie Simms and Vicki Peters.
Video Interview with Writer Director Robert Vincent O’Neill (8 minutes).
Video Interview with Actress Leslie Simms (14 minutes).
Theatrical Trailers for both films.
TV spots for both films.
Promotional galleries for both films (3 minutes).
Please note: this first pressing of 3,000 units includes an exclusive bonus DVD featuring rare TV versions of both films!
Blood Mania/Point of Terror Final Thoughts:
These films aren’t for everyone. If you know who Vinegar Syndrome or Crown International Pictures are then you know what you are getting into. These movies are not subtle, and they aren’t high brow. They are excuses to see topless ladies and sleazy morals clash together with violent results. These are MST3K movies on acid, steroids and Viagra.
I am thrilled to have these in my collection. I probably enjoyed Blood Mania a bit more than Point of Terror but they do go together nicely in this pack as not only containing the same lead actor but are also thematically complimentary. Having the television edits on a bonus DVD is a really special treat too. If you are fond of 1970’s cinema like this then I can highly recommend getting this today from Amazon.
Note: This Blu-ray was sent to us for review. This has not affected our judgement or editorial process in any way. Please contact us if you have any questions regarding this process