director Al Adamson
For Horror of the Blood Monsters, Al Adamson took the Filipino caveman battle movie Tagani (1965), a sprinkling of creature effects from One Million B.C. (1940) and Unknown Island (1948), and then shot footage of vampires on Earth and John Carradine and crew flying into outer space to find a cure for the rampant vampirism. The black-and-white footage from Tagani was tinted many different colors (the effect of the atmosphere on this strange planet of cavepeople and creatures).
It’s indeed some seriously crazy bad stuff, but I’ll be doggoned if I didn’t kind of like it. Science fiction on a budget means for some cheap-o set designs, but I really liked the weird spaceship in space animation or whatever it was.
And the creatures: some shots you know you’ve seen elsewhere, but some of them are amazingly awesome, particularly the bat guys and the crawdad men. But as well, there are some weird shots of an elephant thingy that I really couldn’t figure out.
Tagani looks like it’s pretty fun and weird on its own. The bad cavepeople have fangs and are vampires? And the guys with snakes growing out of their shoulders? Suddenly Adamson’s Blood of Ghastly Horror (1972) makes more sense. He realized he could Frankenstein a movie out of parts of others!