BLOOD VOYAGE (1976) Reviews and overview

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‘Trapped with a maniac on a sea of death!’
Blood Voyage
is a 1976 American murder mystery film directed by veteran actor Frank Mitchell from a screenplay by William Tate and Jim Patton. Also known as Nightmare Voyage


Although Blood Voyage was his only directorial credit, veteran actor Frank Mitchell had a huge number of minor roles in films from 1920 onwards, mostly in westerns but also in genre titles The Boogie Man Will Get You (1942) and Ghost Catchers (1944).

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The movie stars Jonathan Goldsmith [as Jonathan Lippe], Laurie Rose, Midori, Mara Modair, John Hart, Gene Tyburn, Pete Kellett, Doug Hume, Fred Stromsoe, Jim Patton, Warren Farlow.

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Scary 1970s fashion and decor

A small group of people are sailing on a yacht to Hawaii for a wedding. Among them is a murderer. With libidos and drug-fuelled tensions mounting, passengers and the crew turn on each other in a desperate attempt to identify the killer…

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” …the film has a few things going for it: 1. An 80-minute runtime, and 2. A certain sense of grimness. The sleaze is slight but present enough to keep you transfixed without being aware of it. When combined with that bilateral equilibrium (30 minutes of hots/30 minutes of zzzs), the whole thing nudges past ambivalence and heads straight for semi-satisfaction.” Bleeding Skull

“It manages to fill its 78 minute running time without ever becoming stultifying or engaging; it remains distracting (though not unpleasantly so) throughout. This is, or course, damning with faint praise, but, beyond the novelty value that it takes place on a yacht, this is by-the-numbers stuff.” Fantastic Movie Musings and Ramblings

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“It’s of mild interest as a proto-slasher, complete with touches that would become standard in the coming years, such as a character saying “What you doing here?” to someone offscreen, before being offed by an unseen assailant. It’s topped off with a typically cynical 70s ending, which unfortunately falls kind of flat.” Hysteria Lives!

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“It doesn’t really have a lot going for it and unless you enjoy boring films with an easy to figure out mystery and a killer that runs around giggling like the Joker (which gets annoying very, very fast) then this is one cruise you can skip.” Horror News

Blood Voyage (1976)

Blood Voyage -average slasher before the term came along,in which a group of awful rich people get bumped off one by one on a trip to Hawaii. Easiest spot the killer competition since Friday the 13th 5 -a new beginning included within. Worth a look for a nice meat cleaver kill and a number of boobs. Twist endings average but arguably still original at time of filming.” James Peter Cox

“The film has almost all the crucial elements of a classic campy horror. It’s got the perfect set-up (confined yet isolated circumstances), a motley cast of one-dimensional characters (the embittered stepdaughter, the damaged war vet, the sailor cook who always seems to be holding a cleaver), plenty of gratuitously bare breasts, and that ham-fisted dialogue […] The only horror element that Blood Voyage lacks is, well, the horror.” Not Coming to a Theater Near You

Blood Voyage was released in British cinemas by Poseidon Films in 1979 in a version cut by censors to 1 hour 15 minutes. The 1988 UK Atlas Video version was subsequently savagely cut 4 mins 30 secs by the BBFC to remove footage of a heroin injection and to shorten a scene of a woman being strangled on a bed.


Technical specs:
1 hour 20 minutes
Audio: Mono

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