Bordello of Blood (1996)
Written By: Grave Reviews Staff
Director: Gilbert Adler
Producer: Gilbert Adler
Screenplay: A. L. Katz, Gilbert Adler
Date Released: August 16, 1996
Dennis Miller as Rafe Guttman
Erika Eleniak as Catherine Verdoux
Angie Everhart as Lilith
Chris Sarandon as Reverend J.C. Current
Corey Feldman as Caleb Verdoux
Aubrey Morris as McCutcheon
Rating = 3.5/5 Graves
***May contain some spoilers***
When Catherine’s brother, Caleb goes missing, Catherine hires Detective Guttman to solve the case. But when Guttman digs further into the case, he finds out that the place where Caleb went, is inhabited by a brothel full of naked vampires.
As with all the Tales From the Crypt films, this film incorporates many scenes with fun prosthetic and special effect work. Some scenes involve severed limbs, body parts that explode and of course, a plethora of blood. Much of the gore is coupled with subtle and dark humor. In one scene, one vampire sticks her tongue down a mans throat when kissing him and when the tongue travels down the mans throat, it causes his chest to explode The gore is not intended to be disturbing or shocking, but merely entertaining. Overall, Bordello of Blood does a good job at filling and gore lover’s thirst for blood.
The Grave Review
Bordello of Blood is best classified as a horror thriller/comedy. The Tales From the Crypt films almost always incorporate three aspects into their horror films: blood, boobs and comedy. Bordello of Blood is no exception. The film, itself is a fun flick but does come with some reservations.
The plot to Bordello of Blood is straightforward, clear and well executed but felt overly simplistic. What was disappointing about the plot was the fact that the protagonist, the detective, was always able to complete each task without much difficulty. In one scene, the mass hoard of vampires were very easily and oddly overcome by the detective’s super soaker. At no time did the detective seem to feel a sense of struggle. As such, although the plot was sound, the story lacked in the above-mentioned way.
The area where this film excels is it’s funny, dark humor. While people are getting their heads torn off and every other scene involves a big pair of boobs, actor, Dennis Miller, is making funny side commentary. Even William Sadler, who was previously in Tales from the Crypt’s Demon Night, and Whoopi Goldberg made humorous cameos.
The actors and actresses did a good job in their respective roles. However, Miller does steal the show by displaying his witty and sarcastic demeanor. Overall, Bordello of Blood is recommended to view, but keep in mind, much of the film is overly sexualized if your easily offended.
For the foregoing reasons, Grave Reviews gives Bordello of Blood three and one-half graves out of five graves.
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