Blood Freak (1972)

Blood Freak posterBlood Freak (1972)

[xrr rating=3.5/5]

Blood Freak follows the story of Herschell, who gets drawn into the drug world when he meets Angel and her sister Ann.  In order to finance his new-found habit, he earns income assisting a mad scientist at a turkey farm.  Following a night of withdrawals and a drug bender, he is fed a turkey by the aforementioned mad scientist.  This apparently-laced turkey turns Herschell into a turkey-headed monster, and he proceeds to satisfy his habit by drinking the blood of druggies.  An obviously nonsensical plot, horrible acting, and far too many  dramatic fade-outs make this a thoroughly enjoyable bad horror film.

Amidst many strained crying scenes, thick 70’s muttonchops, wise-man-with-a-cigarette lectures, and even a hinted turkey-monster sex scene, the viewer is taught a valuable lesson: something along the lines of ‘turkeys like drugs, not druggies’.  The film is packed with plenty of blood, as the title would suggest.  And the film as a whole pans out to be a cautionary tale reminiscent of the 30s scare films the likes of Reefer Madness and Marihuana.

Blood FreakBlood Freak is certainly a must-see for fans of such cheese and should be added to your Thanksgiving line-up, especially since it is one of only a few Thanksgiving or turkey themed horror movies.  Fans of cheesy gore movies won’t be disappointed.  For you exploitation geeks, you get a mesh: a classic drug-scare cautionary tale, good old 70’s splatter, all topped of with some turkeysploitation.

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