I Drink Your Blood (1971)

R | 80 or 82-83 mins | Horror | May 1971

Director:

David Durston

Writer:

David Durston

Producer:

Jerry Gross

Cinematographer:

Jacques Demarecaux

Editor:

Lyman Hallowell

Production Designer:

Charles Baxter

Production Company:

Cinemation Industries, Inc.
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HISTORY

Although I Drink Your Blood was not copyrighted at the time of its release, a videocassette version of the film was copyrighted by Valiant International Pictures on 5 Apr 1995, at which time it was assigned the number PA-699-567. According to director David Durston's audio commentary on the 2002 director's cut DVD edition I Drink Your Blood , the film's working title was Phobia . Durston stated that Cinemation Industries, Inc. elected to change the title because the company wanted to pair it in a joint release with the film I Eat Your Skin (see below).
       According to a Feb 1971 HR news item, I Drink Your Blood was initially assigned an X rating because of excessive violence, but the rating was changed to an R after cuts and additions were made. The 2002 DVD included one of the edited scenes in which "Rollo" kills "Shelley." The excised portion contains graphic footage of Rollo using a knife to stab Shelley twelve times in the chest, then cutting off his leg with a hatchet. On the audio commentary, Durston also noted that the film was shot on location in a ghost town near Sharon Springs in upstate New York. In the commentary, Durston stated that he partially based his story on Charles Manson (for more information on Manson, See Entry for The Other Side of Madness ). Modern sources note that Durston appeared as "Doc Oakes." ... More Less

Although I Drink Your Blood was not copyrighted at the time of its release, a videocassette version of the film was copyrighted by Valiant International Pictures on 5 Apr 1995, at which time it was assigned the number PA-699-567. According to director David Durston's audio commentary on the 2002 director's cut DVD edition I Drink Your Blood , the film's working title was Phobia . Durston stated that Cinemation Industries, Inc. elected to change the title because the company wanted to pair it in a joint release with the film I Eat Your Skin (see below).
       According to a Feb 1971 HR news item, I Drink Your Blood was initially assigned an X rating because of excessive violence, but the rating was changed to an R after cuts and additions were made. The 2002 DVD included one of the edited scenes in which "Rollo" kills "Shelley." The excised portion contains graphic footage of Rollo using a knife to stab Shelley twelve times in the chest, then cutting off his leg with a hatchet. On the audio commentary, Durston also noted that the film was shot on location in a ghost town near Sharon Springs in upstate New York. In the commentary, Durston stated that he partially based his story on Charles Manson (for more information on Manson, See Entry for The Other Side of Madness ). Modern sources note that Durston appeared as "Doc Oakes." More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
29 Mar 1971.
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Filmfacts
1971
pp. 97-98.
Hollywood Reporter
28 Feb 1971.
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Los Angeles Times
7 May 1971.
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DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Phobia
Release Date:
May 1971
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles opening: 7 May 1971
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
DeLuxe
Duration(in mins):
80 or 82-83
MPAA Rating:
R
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

One night, in the woods near the small town of Valley Hills, a cult of Satanic hippies led by the mercurial Horace Bones perform an orgiastic ritual in the nude in which they slaughter a chicken and drink from a chalice filled with LSD. Andy, a member of the cult, has invited Sylvia, one of town residents, to watch, and when she is discovered by the others, they brutalize her. The next morning, she staggers into town, bloodied and traumatized, unable to speak. A dam project is being erected in the vicinity, and consequently most of the population of Valley Hills has moved, except for Sylvia; her grandfather, Doc Banner, who is a veterinarian; her twelve-year old brother Pete and her friend, Mildred Nash, who owns the local bakery. Suspecting that one of the workers from the dam project may by Sylvia’s assailant, Mildred drives to the construction site to confer with her lover, Roger Davis, chief engineer on the project. When the cult’s truck breaks, they take up residence in the town’s abandoned hotel, where they capture the rats infesting the structure and roast them for dinner, then torture Shelley, a cult member. Sylvia, meanwhile, has come out of her daze and told Doc about the Satanists. Grabbing his shotgun, Doc heads for the hotel where Horace beats him, and one of the cult women slips a tablet of LSD into his mouth. Pete, who has followed his grandfather to the hotel, witnesses the incident and leads the disheveled man home. Bloodied and seated at a table, Doc begins to hallucinate and places the salt and pepper shakers on his ... +


One night, in the woods near the small town of Valley Hills, a cult of Satanic hippies led by the mercurial Horace Bones perform an orgiastic ritual in the nude in which they slaughter a chicken and drink from a chalice filled with LSD. Andy, a member of the cult, has invited Sylvia, one of town residents, to watch, and when she is discovered by the others, they brutalize her. The next morning, she staggers into town, bloodied and traumatized, unable to speak. A dam project is being erected in the vicinity, and consequently most of the population of Valley Hills has moved, except for Sylvia; her grandfather, Doc Banner, who is a veterinarian; her twelve-year old brother Pete and her friend, Mildred Nash, who owns the local bakery. Suspecting that one of the workers from the dam project may by Sylvia’s assailant, Mildred drives to the construction site to confer with her lover, Roger Davis, chief engineer on the project. When the cult’s truck breaks, they take up residence in the town’s abandoned hotel, where they capture the rats infesting the structure and roast them for dinner, then torture Shelley, a cult member. Sylvia, meanwhile, has come out of her daze and told Doc about the Satanists. Grabbing his shotgun, Doc heads for the hotel where Horace beats him, and one of the cult women slips a tablet of LSD into his mouth. Pete, who has followed his grandfather to the hotel, witnesses the incident and leads the disheveled man home. Bloodied and seated at a table, Doc begins to hallucinate and places the salt and pepper shakers on his head. Bent on revenge, Pete shoots a rabid dog in the woods. He then uses one of his grandfather’s syringes to extract the animal’s blood, which he then injects into Mildred’s pies. The next morning, when the Satanists come to the bakery to buy breakfast, Pete sells them the pies, which they take back to the hotel. Refusing his pie, Andy goes to apologize to Sylvia and promise her that he is leaving the cult. Soon after, the Satanists become ill, and Horace, concluding that the pies were deliberately poisoned, vows revenge on the villagers. As the cult members' conditions worsen, they begin to foam at the mouth and lapse into insanity, symptoms of rabies. In their lunacy, Sue-Lin, an Asian member of the cult, directs Rollo, another cult member, to stab Shelley to death. That night, Mildred is driving home from the construction site when Horace jumps onto the hood of her car, foaming at the mouth. Although terrified, Mildred dislodges Horace from her hood and drives to the Banner house, where she makes a panicked call to Roger to warn him that something terrible is happening in town. Roger sends several of his construction workers to town to investigate, but they are distracted by a comely member of the cult who has yet to exhibit symptoms. Meanwhile, Andy, chased by the deranged Rollo, runs to warn Sylvia about the danger while Doc takes a sample from the bloody handprints on the window of Mildred’s car. As three of the workers have sex with the cult woman in a deserted house, two other workers proceed to the hotel, where they are killed by Horace. Pete, noticing that Sylvia has taken Andy to the barn, becomes worried that Andy might infect Sylvia and confesses that he injected rabies into the pies he sold to the cultists. Examining the blood sample under the microscope, Doc also realizes that they are dealing with rabies and warns Roger when he comes to the house. Molly, a pregnant member of the cult, accompanied by another cult member, are roaming the woods when a woman living in the area sees them, and unaware of the danger, invites them in for a meal. As she carves up a ham with an electric knife, Molly’s companion grabs the knife and chops off the woman’s hand. To evade rabid cultists, Andy leads Pete and Sylvia into the woods, where they come upon Molly, and when Andy informs Molly that she has rabies, she impales herself with a stake. Soon after, Rollo attacks them, but when they take refuge in a stream, Rollo flees because those infected with rabies exhibit a morbid fear of water. As Roger arrives at Mildred’s bakery to warn her to lock her doors and windows while he goes for help, Sue-Lin approaches and finds a can of gasoline on the bakery’s porch. When Horace charges her with his sword, Sue-Lin calmly immolates herself. Meanwhile, Andy, Pete and Sylvia return to the barn and discover that the cultists have speared Doc with a pitchfork. Rollo, axe in hand, then chases them to Mildred’s and as they reach the house, Horace leaps onto the porch and challenges Rollo with his sword. As the rest of the rabid cult and construction workers appear dragging a dead goat, Andy, Sylvia and Pete pound on Mildred’s door. Before Mildred lets them in, however, the rabid lunatics behead Andy. While Mildred, Sylvia and Pete take refuge in the cellar, Rollo grabs Horace’s sword and plunges it through Horace’s back. Breaking into Mildred’s house, the rabid group descends into the cellar, where Mildred shoots one in the face with her shotgun. Sylvia and Pete then run to Mildred’s car while she holds off the cultists with a hose. When the car refuses to start, however, the group overturns it. Just then, Roger and a group of police officers arrive and gun down the rabid cultists.
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