Voodoo Heartbeat (1975)

R | 88 mins | Horror | 2 July 1975

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HISTORY

       This film is cataloged as a 1975 release because it was entered for Academy Award consideration by PM Films with a qualifying Los Angeles area release date of 2 Jul 1975.
       A 7 Feb 1975 notice in HR states that Phillips Pine, Robert Saxton and Alan Bandler formed M-P Films, a limited partnership, to distribute films nationally and that Voodoo Heartbeat would be among the company's initial releases. Given the date of the announcement and the film's Los Angeles premiere engagement, it is presumed that the PM Films that registered the film with the Academy is the same company as the M-P Films mentioned in this article, but the proper company name has not been determined, and the company name may have changed between the date of the announcement of its formation and the release of the film.
       First mention of the film appears to have occurred in Aug 1970 under the title The Sex Serum of Dr. Blake, a Sack Amusement Enterprises production. That title was later used in some territories for the film's 1976 reissue, and overseas sales.
       However, the film seems to have been completed in 1972, and may have been first released in June of that year. A full page advertisement in the 22 May 1972 issue of Box describes Voodoo Heartbeat as a TWI National Release, with TWI National, Inc. listed at the address 6580 Lexington Ave, Hollywood, CA 90038. The advertisement also lists some nineteen regional sales agents for the film. The 12 Jun 1972 issue of Box includes a review, which states ... More Less

       This film is cataloged as a 1975 release because it was entered for Academy Award consideration by PM Films with a qualifying Los Angeles area release date of 2 Jul 1975.
       A 7 Feb 1975 notice in HR states that Phillips Pine, Robert Saxton and Alan Bandler formed M-P Films, a limited partnership, to distribute films nationally and that Voodoo Heartbeat would be among the company's initial releases. Given the date of the announcement and the film's Los Angeles premiere engagement, it is presumed that the PM Films that registered the film with the Academy is the same company as the M-P Films mentioned in this article, but the proper company name has not been determined, and the company name may have changed between the date of the announcement of its formation and the release of the film.
       First mention of the film appears to have occurred in Aug 1970 under the title The Sex Serum of Dr. Blake, a Sack Amusement Enterprises production. That title was later used in some territories for the film's 1976 reissue, and overseas sales.
       However, the film seems to have been completed in 1972, and may have been first released in June of that year. A full page advertisement in the 22 May 1972 issue of Box describes Voodoo Heartbeat as a TWI National Release, with TWI National, Inc. listed at the address 6580 Lexington Ave, Hollywood, CA 90038. The advertisement also lists some nineteen regional sales agents for the film. The 12 Jun 1972 issue of Box includes a review, which states the film was scheduled for release in Jun 1972.
       A notice in the 7 Apr 1976 issue of Var states that Films International Licensed Market Service acquired U.S. and Canadian rights to the film. Crest Films would act as sub-distributor in the thirteen Western states, and Downtown Distributors would sub-distribute in New England. An item in Box for 8 Nov 1976 stated that Film International sales head, Shel Haims, had set Voodoo Heartbeat to play on double-bills with the British import Fu-Man-Chu, starring Christopher Lee and Richard Green, for Thanksgiving and Christmas vacation engagements in various locations.
       Although rumors persist as of Jun 2012 that there may be one or more 16mm prints of Voodoo Heartbeat held by private collectors, it is otherwise thought to be a lost film. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
22 May 1972
p. 16
Box Office
12 Jun 1972
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Box Office
8 Nov 1976
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Hollywood Reporter
7 Feb 1975
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Hollywood Reporter
29 Oct 1976
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Variety
7 Apr 1976
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CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Ray Molina Production
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
PRODUCER
Prod
WRITER
COLOR PERSONNEL
Color by
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
The Sex Serum of Dr. Blake
Release Date:
2 July 1975
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles opening: 2 July 1975 at the Century Drive-In # 2 and State Theater
Production Date:
ended May 1972
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Eastman Color
gauge
35mm
Widescreen/ratio
1.85:1
Duration(in mins):
88
MPAA Rating:
R
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Red Chinese agents seek a top-secret African youth serum rumored to be in the possession of the United States government. Their goal is to obtain this serum in order to keep Chinese leader, Chairman Mao Tse-tung, alive and vigorous forever. American scientists transporting the serum are ambushed by the Chinese; and in the struggle, Doctor Blake’s arm and hand are doused with the liquid. The serum begins to devour Blake’s blood faster than his bone marrow cells can replace it. In need of blood to stay alive, Blake transforms into a vampire-like creature and descends into madness. Blake is eventually tracked down and killed after a speedboat chase. His skin shrivels as if he were a thousand years old, and the secret of eternal youth dies with ... +


Red Chinese agents seek a top-secret African youth serum rumored to be in the possession of the United States government. Their goal is to obtain this serum in order to keep Chinese leader, Chairman Mao Tse-tung, alive and vigorous forever. American scientists transporting the serum are ambushed by the Chinese; and in the struggle, Doctor Blake’s arm and hand are doused with the liquid. The serum begins to devour Blake’s blood faster than his bone marrow cells can replace it. In need of blood to stay alive, Blake transforms into a vampire-like creature and descends into madness. Blake is eventually tracked down and killed after a speedboat chase. His skin shrivels as if he were a thousand years old, and the secret of eternal youth dies with him. +

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Subject
Subject (Major):

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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