Dr. Cooper seems to have it
all. A good job working at a clinic, a beautiful girlfriend, and
a groovy happening pad. But he also has a history. When
he was in medical school he performed illegal abortions to help pay
the bills and is being blackmailed for it. Unfortunately Dr. Cooper
doesn’t have the money to pay off the blackmailer, even after his
girl provides her “services” to the blackmailer to get the price
discounted. At the same time Dr. Cooper’s mentor and boss is
recovering at home from heart issues. With him is his daughter
Victoria, who sleeps with every man who shows up at the house!
She wants Dr. Cooper very badly and after offering him some money to
help out with his problems finally gets him. What he doesn’t
know is that she has to kill off her father to get the cash. But
after killing him everyone is shocked when he leaves all of the money
to her younger sister Gail. Of course Cooper and Gail fall in
love during a montage of them walking on the beach. This makes
Victoria, who is already quite upset at not getting the money, very
angry. Getting her angry really isn’t such a good idea as everyone
finds out in the last 10 minutes of the movie.
I have a funny story about
Blood Mania. I caught the trailer on one of the double feature
DVDs that I own and thought to myself ‘That looks like a cool movie
I should track down a copy to check out’. Weeks later while
looking for something to watch I found that the movie was included on
a set called Horrible Horrors. Now you would think that
with a title like that I’d be warned off. But since I writing
the review obviously I wasn’t.
Blood Mania exists solely to
show 3 very beautiful women naked as much as possible. You would
think that would be enough to make the movie fun, but it isn’t.
The plot starts off interesting, but after the first 10 minutes gets
really slow and doesn’t pick up again until the end. It isn’t
even that the movie is trying to develop the characters, because this
is all done in the beginning, which I found interesting. No what
we get thru the long middle of the film is an extended lovemaking scene
with the characters high on drugs. Of course this is filmed with
all sorts of filters, odd camera angles, strange music, and extreme
close-ups. Which is all pretty typical stuff from a late 60s early 70s
movie. Additionally instead of trying to develop the relationship
between the doctor and younger sister we get a cheap montage that is
supposed to explain why they dig each other so much. Even the
introduction of an older female character that is pursing a relationship
with the younger sister doesn’t help the movie pick up speed.
With such a poor script I’m not sure what the cast could of done to
help it. What they did do is overact. All of the performances
are over the top and terribly melodramatic.
There isn’t much to say about
this movie from a technical standpoint. It possesses a really
goofy soundtrack that seems to have been performed almost exclusively
on an electric organ (very 70s). Other than one attack scene towards
the end the movie is bloodless. Though that scene is very well
executed and effective. Also towards the end of the movie the
camera work becomes very stylized and interesting. Too bad they
waited so long to get creative.
This was a nice attempt to
make a sleazy exploitation movie, but it failed to deliver the goods.
This just goes to show you can have all of the nudity you want, but
without a story it won’t work. Still while I can’t recommend
this one I still can appreciate what they tried to do.
Rating - *1/2
- John “El Juan” Shatzer