Written and Edited by Grave Reviews Staff
Director: Eddie Romero, Gerry DeLeon
Producer: Eddie Romero, Kane W. Lynn
Screenwriter: Reuben Canoy
Date Released: May 11, 1969
John Ashley as Dr. Bill Foster
Angelique Pettyjohn as Sheila Willard
Ronald Remy as Dr. Lorca
Alicia Alonzo as Marla
Ronaldo Valdez as Carlos Lopez
Tita Muñoz as Mrs. Lopez
Tony Edmunds as Mr. Willard
Rating = 1.5/5 Graves
***May contain some spoilers***
Initially for the purpose of visiting her father, Ms. Sheila Willard travels to Blood Island. She is also accompanied by Dr. Bill Foster who also travels to the island for research purposes. However, what they find out is that people are turning into green monsters only for the desire to kill.
The Gore Factor
Mad Doctor of Blood Island (1969) has some blood and gore. In addition, the film incorporates multiple scenes of nudity. However, the “gore” scenes are very dated and over dramatized as was the style in the 1960s.
The Grave Review
It is difficult to pinpoint what the true premise of Mad Doctor of Blood Island (1969) was about. The beginning of the film presents a green liquid substance that essentially increases the person’s pheromones and causes physiological and mental effects. But the main story appears to be about the whereabouts of Carlos’ father. Meanwhile, Ms. Willard is trying to reunite with her father. As such, the story line was convoluted and did not present a clear plot.
In addition, every time someone is at risk of being attacked, the camera zooms in and out. The camera work pertaining to these scenes is eye damaging and excessively shaky. It is clear that the intention was to emphasize these “climactic” scenes but the way in which the scenes were shot were poorly executed
For the foregoing reasons, Grave Reviews gives Mad Doctor of Blood Island (1969) one and one-half graves out of five graves.
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