Under the Radar DVD of the Week: 'Invasion of the Blood Farmers'
This week, the oddest DVD to appear on release lists is:
“Invasion of the Blood Farmers”
What can you say about a movie that was shot for $24,000 and reportedly has never made its money back? Or about a cast of actors who, according to the director, worked mostly for six packs of beer? You can say it’s an intentionally cheesy bit of exploitation schlock called “Invasion of the Blood Farmers,” due out on DVD Tuesday.
Made in 1972 by writer-director Ed Adlum (writer-producer of the equally horrible and horrific “Shriek of the Mutilated”), the movie plays like a self-consciously ham-handed homage to Ed “Plan 9 From Outer Space” Wood and his eager, clumsy, no-budget efforts.
Adlum’s movie has got gore and gimmicks galore – a turgid narrator who sounds like James Mason, a freaky, zombiefied character named “Jim Carrey,” an innocent preppy couple caught out in the backwoods wilds (a la “Rocky Horror’s” Janet and Brad) and a crack-brained plot concerning a band of Druid-like aliens in black robes intent on harvesting enough human blood to resurrect the comatose “last queen of the Sangroid.”
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