Blood Thirst, also known as Blood Seekers and The Horror from Beyond, is a 1965 American horror film directed by Newt Arnold (Hands of a Stranger) and shot in the Philippines.
The film’s plot, scripted by N.I.P. Dennis in his only listed film credit, is frequently nonsensical, involving a South American belly dancer, played by Yvonne Nielson, who has uncovered an ancient Aztec secret for eternal life, involving regular blood transfusions. To this end, she has enlisted the aid of a Filipino club owner who turns into a monster when he is stalking his prey.
“Blood Thirst is the only film I can recall that makes a city of over 10 million people seem uninhabited. Still, it’s an interesting 73 minutes, more for what it is than what it does: a cheapo spookshow which predates the John Ashley/Roger Corman deluge of Philippine horrors by several years.” Andrew Leavold Blogspot
“The only reason to watch this cheap exploitation flick is the unusually good staging of shots and black and white cinematography. The lighting, the framing, the subtle camera work is very sophisticated for films of this kind. Unfortunately, everything is too boring…” David Elroy Goldweber, Claws & Saucers
Cast and characters:
- Katherine Heryk … Sylvia Ramos
- Yvonne Nielson … Serena
- Vic Diaz … Miguel
- John Soberano … Soberano
- Bruno Punzalan … Moreno
- Judy Dennis … Theresa
- Max Roio … Max
Blood Thirst was released in the USA in 1971 by Chevron Pictures on a double-feature with British vampire film Bloodsuckers (aka Incense for the Damned). Free “vampire rings,” were given to movie patrons.
Watch the whole film online at the Internet Archive