Blood Bath (1966) – after seeing it again, I don’t get the name, but whatever – is from American International Pictures, and is a total B Movie. It’s artsy like The Cabinet of Caligari (1962) or Carnival of Souls (1962) featuring a beatnik art scene.

Blood BathA very young and svelte Sid Haig plays Abdul the Arab (sometimes character names blow me away, especially from this era) I wish he’d been in more scenes. Speaking of scenes, this movie has some weird ones that didn’t seem to fit together. Well, there’s a good reason, this movie was clipped together from a few AIP features that weren’t going to see the light of day…or night. This also makes the story a bit disjointed.

The camera angles and amazing screams make up for the cut and paste movie failing transitions. There’s one scene that I found breathtakingly beautiful, and I’m not sure if it was intended for me to take it that way. I don’t even know if anyone else found Sordi running on the beach with the crazed woman chasing him amazing or if it was just me. There’s a strange romantic feel in parts too, though they are dark.

3.5 Stars

There’s so much more about this movie that is amazing, but I don’t want to ruin it for you, in case you’ve never had the pleasure of seeing it. I give Blood Bath 3.5 out of 5 Stars.

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