Film #35: I DRINK YOUR BLOOD / I EAT YOUR SKIN
I Drink Your Blood
2.5 out of 5 stars
A ridiculously over-the-top film from 1970 that more people have heard about than actually seen. The film itself… is a mess with over-blown clichés, inept direction, and really bad acting. Still, it has a goofy kind of charm to it that makes it all kind of oddly endearing. It’s all ham-fisted setup for the first forty-fifty minutes, but once it gets going it‘s all crazy eyes, snarling, and Alka Seltzer foam coming out of the infected’s mouths. Yes, it’s all silly and REALLY dated, but it does have its dopey charm. Look for Lynn Lowry (THE CRAZIES, THEY CAME FROM WITHIN) in a small role as one of the satanic hippies.
I Eat Your Skin
2 out of 5 stars
With a title like I EAT YOUR SKIN, one would think there would be some… y’know actual skin eating goin’ on. Instead we get a rather anemic tale of voodoo… well actually, some medically-inspired voodoo and a group of rather unlikable characters who spend some time on a xombie infested island paradise. Sadly, the end result is not half as much fun as it sounds. The acting is abysmal. The script sophomoric. And the direction… well, you get the idea. As bad as it all is, the film is so covertly racist that it provides some inadvertent laughs (mostly in the “I cannot believe what I just saw” variety). Still, I EAT YOUR SKIN is one of those film titles all horror fans know of, but few have seen (like I DRINK YOUR BLOOD, for instance). In the end, I EAT YOUR SKIN is a harmless little slice of micro-budget early Sixties schlock. Not particularly good, but still fun in a weird way.