Bloodlust – short film, UK, 1979

Bloodlust – aka Blood Lust and Love at First Bite – is a 1979 short British sex horror film produced and directed by Russell Gay. Running for 14 minutes, it was made for the home viewing Super 8mm film market.

Bloodlust was notable for its surprisingly good production values, with impressive sets and decent, unusually gory special effects. The film makes reference to Hammer films in both look and content, borrowing both the character Carmilla and the breast-biting from The Vampire Lovers and a scene where Dracula slices open his own chest for Jenny to drink from that is lifted from Dracula: Prince of Darkness.

Like all Russell Gay’s films from this era, Bloodlust is more explicit that would be allowed by British censors yet stops short of being out-and-out hardcore. It is, however, less explicit than some of his other films of the time such as Come Inside and Hot Vibrations.

Released on DVD by Redemption in 2014, with The Last Step Down.

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As Jenny undresses before her window, she is visited by female vampire Carmilla, and the pair make passionate love before Carmilla takes Jenny to a graveyard to meet her Master, Count Dracula. A threesome ensues before Jenny’s boyfriend turns up to drive a stake through the heart of the vampire Count.

blood lust mistral 1979

Bloodlust was sold primarily through Gay’s Galaxy Publications ‘top shelf’ magazines such as Knave and Fiesta as part of his Mistral Films collection. In common with all titles in the series, it was available in various versions – sound or silent, and either as a complete 400 feet reel or in two 200 feet parts.

In the early days of home video, Gay sold his catalogue to Gold Star Publications, who released collections of three or four films as both The Connoisseur Collection and The Best of Blue Movies. The films have not been released since 1981.

Bloodlust is possibly Gay’s only foray into sex/horror crossover territory, and surprisingly given his track record, it does actually go the extra mile, with a nifty cobweb ridden ‘vampire’s lair’ set that is worthy of any 1970s period horror film.” Read more:  Gav Crimson


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