Blood Bath with short films
Director: Jack Hill, Stephanie Rothman Run Time: 80 min. Format: Digital Release Year: 1966
Starring: William Campbell, Marissa Mathes, Lori Saunders
A crazed artist who believes himself to be the reincarnation of a murderous vampire kills young women, then boils their bodies in a vat in this cult favorite from Roger Corman and American International Pictures.
The films of Roger Corman are often as well-known for their behind-the-scenes stories as they are the ones unfolding on the screen, but none of these tales is quite so complex, or quite so extraordinary, as the making of Blood Bath. The saga began when Corman invested in a Yugoslavian Krimi-like picture entitled Operation Titian just prior to it going into production. Insisting it be filmed in English, he sent actors William Campbell and Patrick Magee, and uncredited story editor Francis Ford Coppola (all fresh from Dementia 13), to Dubrovnik to make a US-friendly movie but wasn’t satisfied with the end results. First it was re-cut and re-scored to create Portrait in Terror, a film more in line with drive-in tastes, then it was handed over to Jack Hill (Spider Baby), followed by Stephanie Rothman (Terminal Island), each undertaking reshoots that resulted in a vampire picture by the name of Blood Bath.