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Queen of Blood (1966)

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Queen of Blood coverStudio: Kino Lorber

Theatrical Release: March 1966

Blu-Ray Release: December 1st, 2015

Rating: Not Rated

Directed by Curtis Harrington

Review by Craig Sorensen

A prime example of the Roger Corman school of frugal filmmaking, Queen of Blood utilizes a lot of footage from a little known (at least on this side of the globe) Russian sci-fi film ‘A Dream Come True’.  And while that sounds like a recipe for disaster Corman always had the good sense to put talented people behind his films.  And what you get as a result is usually greater than the sum of it’s parts.

In 1990 the Earth finally makes contact with an alien civilization.  They agree to send ambassadors but something happens along the way and the aliens crash on Mars.  A rescue team (including Judi Meredith, Dennis Hopper and Robert Boon) is sent to the crash site to rescue any survivors but they have their own problems.  Thankfully they still have a spare John Saxon to send in to rescue everyone.  Soon they find the envoy’s sole survivor, a mute, green skinned woman who seems to have a strange hypnotic effect on the males of the crew.  Everyone is perplexed by the fact that she doesn’t seem all that interested in eating any of their astronaut food.  Of course, they soon find out why.

It’s a simple story to be sure (and has a few things in common with It! The Terror from Beyond Space from ’58 and Planet of the Vampires from the previous year) but there’s enough surreal imagery and pulp ridiculousness to keep things entertaining.  And the film is short so there’s no chance that the film is going to overstay it’s welcome.  And for people who don’t like older films (let’s call them ‘assholes’) you can draw a direct line between this and Alien.

Queen of Blood has had a tough time on home video.  There were quite a few terrible looking bootlegs floating around for a while and for some strange reason MGM never released the film on DVD in their famed Midnight Movies series, relegating it to the Made-On-Demand disc ghetto in 2011.  Thankfully Kino has been resurrecting most of these forgotten gems in gorgeous looking blu-rays (please release The Music Lovers Kino).  Obviously a lot of the film looks soft, being made up of stock footage, but colors look fantastic and the original footage looks very crisp.  Extras include a theatrical trailer and two interviews, one with Robert Stotak who details the films origins in Russia and how Corman and director Harrington put the film together.  You also get a short interview with Roger Corman himself.

Rating: ★★★★☆

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