Invasion of the Blood Farmers (1972)
directed by:Ed Adlum
Oddly watchable trainwreck of a film shot on less than a shoestring for the Grindhouse circuit, Adlum’s film had a title to die for and an over-the-top premise to display but little more unfortunately… which is a shame ,because if this flick could have a bigger budget and a professional cast and crew it could have really been a way more extravagant exercise in trashy cinema.
a group of druids called the “Sangroids” living in Westchester County, New York, plan to resurrect their queen by draining the blood from unsuspecting civilians into her body. A local pathologist and his assistant become aware of the ancient cult and try to put an end to the escalating madness.
The film was shot on a proposed $24,000 budget over a three-week period, and Adlum reportedly paid most of the actors for their work with six-packs of beer. The subpar production values are apparent, as night and day shots are mixed up throughout, creating very poor continuity. However the film feels quite gritty and action packed for a pg-rated film and this most likely has to do with Adlum dispatching his film sending it to the board only to reassemble it after scoring the much desired pg-rating, something that doesn’t make much sense in retrospect , since Invasion of the blood farmers seems to have primarily been constructed for the Drive-In circuit where minor details such as Pg-rating didn’t matter all that much.
All in all, this is a delirious mess of non cinema, plagued or blessed, depending on the viewer’s overall stance, by non-acting, dodgy editing and sub-par cinematography. However I think that credit should be given to the director Adlum for he excelled considering the means granted to him.
He could have done much worse….
All in all, fans of 70ies Grindhouse trash will have a funny ride…