Five Bloody Graves/Nurse Sherri Grindhouse Edition
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Retro Shock-O-Rama Cinema presents a 2-disc twin bill of 1970s cult classic horror exploitation from the legendary B' movie team of director Al Adamson and producer Sam Sherman (Dracula vs. Frankenstein, Blazing Stewardesses, Satan's Sadists).
FIVE BLOODY GRAVES (1970) is a grim and downright gruesome western chock full of bloody gun blasts and violence galore. It stars the legendary John Carradine and B' stalwarts Robert Dix (Satan's Sadists), Scott Brady (Gremlins), and Jim Davis (TV's Dallas) and features the cinematography of Academy Award winner Vilmos Zsigmond.
A renegade tribe of monstrous, murdering, bloodthirsty redskins are on the war path and every settler will pay with his or her scalp. The lone man who can stop them is Ben Thompson, who rides the desert high plains with Death and Terror as his only companions. Ben seeks vengeance on Satago, the evil Apache chief who butchered his wife on their wedding day, and he teams up with Satago's half-brother to track him down and string him up for the vultures. When the death-dealing duo come upon a wrecked stagecoach carrying prostitutes and a preacher, they battle to keep the survivors alive and in one piece in savage Indian territory.
NURSE SHERRI (1978)
Theatrical Version and Alternate Unrated Cut
An evil necromancer has died and his restless demonic spirit invades the body of sexy nurse Sherri. Transformed into a maniacal killing machine, Sherri stalks the hospital corridors turning them blood-red with terror and madness. Impaling, slicing and dicing anyone in her path, Sherri's only hope becomes two friends who must unearth and destroy the necromancer's rotting corpse, thus sending the monstrous spirit back down to hell.
DVD DISC 1:
- FIVE BLOODY GRAVES feature
- NURSE SHERRI feature (theatrical cut)
- RETRO DRIVE-IN THEATRE promos
DVD DISC 2:
- NURSE SHERRI feature (alternate cut)
- INTERVIEW w/ Marilyn Joi
- RETRO DRIVE-IN THEATRE promos
+ Feature Film COMMENTARIES by Producer Samuel M. Sherman and LINER NOTES enclosed
Top customer reviews
A shorter commentary on Five Bloody Graves, but interesting none the less.
This low-low budget indy production from 1970 was directed by Al Adamson, an Ed-Wood-level bad director, and was written by, co-produced, and stars Robert Dix, son of Academy Award winning actor Richard Dix. Dix plays western gunslinger Ben Thompson. In a short commentary track that the 30-years older Dix literally mailed in we learn that Ben Thompson was a real-life western bad guy with a `death wish.' First time screenwriter Dix makes Death a ride-along character. Even though the Pale Rider is never seen, he, or He perhaps, provides the portentous off-screen narration (veteran actor Gene Raymond plays the Voice of Death.) The story is a little choppy, a fact that Dix reminds us of during an apologetic segment of the commentary track (Remember, this was a first effort....) and the characters are more than a little undercooked. Saloon owner Brady, a trio of floozies and preacher Carradine are traveling cross country towards a mining camp - a cradle of craven sinners, I reckon, good pickings for the floozies and the preacher - when their wagon is attacked and destroyed by a passel of passing blood-thirsty savages (`They aren't just Indians. They're Yacqui!') Ben Thompson and sidekick - John Cardos, husband of the first, or second, or third bloody grave occupant, depending on how you count such things. We certainly aren't counting the Yacqui. They tumble like ten pins and would spike the body count deep into double figures. Anyway, Ben Thompson and sidekick stumble on the endangered travelers, rescue them, and escort the party out of danger.
There's no such thing as too many movies about western sociopaths. A real movie about the real-life Ben Thompson (who had a wee bit of a drinking problem) might have worked. Davis, who plays a prairie psycho here, is about the only one of this lot with the studly stature and enough acting chops to pull it off. Dix didn't inherit a whole lot of screen charisma from his illustrious father. His Ben Thompson is little more than a blue-stubble gunslinger with a serious, albeit inevitable, case of the laconics. There's another voice on the commentary track - an Independent International producer whose name I missed - who at one point hails the release of FIVE BLOODY GRAVES as an opportunity for fans of director Adamson to see one of his rare westerns. I gather Adamson is best known for his motorcycle and cheesy horror flicks. That he would have a fan base eager to study anything he did is, to put it mildly, hard to fathom. FIVE BLOODY GRAVES is a disorganized, wretched movie that suffers from a sloppy video transfer. Beyond the fun of seeing a couple of familiar faces and some pretty scenery there's nothing much else to recommend it.
The only reason I gave it two stars instead of one is because the set does contain come decent quality drive-in intermission concession shorts. But the producers of the DVD blew it there too by not providing the option to watch the intermission shorts, trailers and feature in order. You can only choose each element independently from the menu page.