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Shell Shock / Battle of Blood Island (Something Weird)

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War is hell -- especially if you're a G.I. suffering from Shell Shock! Bonked on the head during the Battle of Bronson Canyon, Johnny Wade is ready to crack. But that doesn't stop rotten Sgt. Rance from sending Wade out to capture a German ammo dump which results in Johnny having a complete mental breakdown: "Sure a psycho, ain't he?" Though everyone realizes Johnny needs medical help -- especially since he's throwing himself around his tent like it was a padded cell -- Rance thinks it would be more amusing if crazy Johnny was running loose in German territory. Sure enough, Rance helps Johnny "escape," and wacky Wade is soon racing around Italy with no idea of what planet he's on!. Directed with brisk efficiency by exploitation vet John Patrick Hayes (Grave of the Vampire), here's a fun little low-budget war epic in which the Hollywood Hills pass for 1943 Italy! Plus: All that's left after the Battle of Blood Island are gloating Japanese and a beach littered with dead G.I.'s. But two of the "dead" aren't: Moe is just playing possum while Ken is alive but seriously wounded. Essentially strangers, the two must learn to work together, elude the enemy, and somehow survive -- despite an unwelcome explosion of some old-fashioned American bigotry.... Shot in Cuba back-to-back with Last Woman on Earth and Creature from the Haunted Sea, pay attention to the G.I. barking orders at the end and you'll spot executive producer Roger Corman, no doubt playing a part to stretch a buck!

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  • Actors: Richard Devon, Ron Gans, Roger Corman, Beach Dickerson, Carl Crow
  • Directors: Joel Rapp, John Hayes
  • Writers: Joel Rapp, John Hayes, Philip Roth, Randy Fields
  • Producers: Roger Corman, Beach Dickerson
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: March 16, 2004
  • Run Time: 146 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001BKAIA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #203,170 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Shell Shock / Battle of Blood Island (Something Weird)" on IMDb

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Blahblahblah on May 7, 2004
Both of the main features are weak and the 4 stars is solely due to the fascinating bonus shorts.
Shell Shock has an interesting set up, but it just fizzles out. It held my attention, but at the end I was left feeling like I could have spent my time better. Overall, it was like a weak episode of Combat.
Battle of Blood Island, on the other hand, was an utter chore to sit through. Early on in the film, all the Japanese troops commit suicide, so the two surviving US soldiers are left on the titular island alone to spend the whole film alternating between bickering with each other, then apologizing to each other for said bickering. There is no battle (just the aftermath). There is no blood. And it wasn't filmed on an island. It could just have easily been a terrible drama about a couple of guys stranded in a desert, or in a mountain after a plane crash, or (fill in with any scenario in which two people could be stranded in the middle of nowhere). Only recommended for those who feel the need to see a young Roger Corman say two or three lines in order to save money.
The only real reason to get this DVD is for the amazing shorts. "Information Please" is a film produced by the US Air Force during WWII to teach soldiers about the methods Germans might use to trick prisoners into providing information. It is largely done through a film-within-a-film (a fake German film about how to conduct interrogations).
"Our Job in Japan" is a jaw-dropping War Department film made just after Japan's WWII surrender in order to explain to soldiers, often by using stock footage taken completely out of context, why the US must continue to occupy Japan. The film is as outrageously racist as any film the Nazis made.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lawrance Bernabo HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on December 9, 2007
I had not thought of their being World War II exploitation films, but then again this double-feature from the friendly folks at Something Weird Video would more rightly be considered B-movies since you really do not get blood and gore, while the sex stuff consists of girls for speak Italian or dance around in a bath towel. The 1964 film "Shell Shock" is set in Italy during WWII, where Johnny Wade (Carl Crow) goes from war hero to shell shock victim. His friend, Gil Evans (Frank Leo) knows there is something wrong with Johnny, but Rance (Beach Dickerson) is convinced Johnny is faking. Rance wants to be promoted back to sergeant, but the commanding officer has busted Rance so many times that he sees no reason to do it again. So Rance decides to take out his frustrations on Johnny, by releasing him in the direction of the German lines and then following, ostensibly to catch him in the act being a coward. But before he finds the Germans, Johnny finds an Italian farm girl (Pamela Grey). Her Italian is more believable than his battle fatigue, and while there is a lot going on as the situation becomes more complicated, little of it is worth the watching unless you have a fondness for unintentional humor. The film was also released as "82nd Marines Attack," which makes no sense as an alternative title (2.5 stars)

"Battle of Blood Island" has the disadvantage of a title that does not reflect what the film is really about. The setting is a pacific island in the aftermath of a battle that apparently consisted of a platoon of American Gils against a platoon of Japanese soldiers. The only American survivors are Moe (Richard Devon) and the badly wounded Ken (Ron Kennedy), who hide out in a cave and try to survive on the occupied island.
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