American International, Angelique Pettyjohn, Beast of Blood, Beast of the Yellow Night, Beyond Atlantis, Blood Island Trilogy, Blood of the Vampires, Brides of Blood, Cleopatra Wong, Daughters of Satan, Donald Pleasance, Eddie Romero, For Your Height Only, Gerardo De Leon, Hemisphere Pictures, John Ashley, Joy Bang, Killing of Satan, Mad Doctor of Blood Island, Marlene Clark, Nancy Kwan, Night of the Cobra Woman, Roger Corman, Sam Sherman, Savage Sisters, Superbeast, Terror Is a Man, The BLood Drinkers, Tom Selleck, Twilight People, Weird Scenes Inside the Goldmine podcast, Weng Weng, Wonder Women
If you’re going to talk Sam Sherman and American International Pictures, Roger Corman and Hemisphere Pictures, there’s simply no way you can avoid discussion of the cult cinema of the Phillipines.
While other directors like Cirio S. Santiago would carry the nation’s coproductions into a plethora of increasingly pointless lookalike Vietnam war pictures throughout the 80’s, what will immediately spring to mind for most film aficionados are the weird, almost 50’s style rubber monster pictures that kicked off the genre: The Blood Island Trilogy.
Preceded by the moodily incestuous family dramas cum Hammer style horrors of frequent co-director Gerardo De Leon (Terror is a Man, Blood of the Vampires, The Blood Drinkers), Romero would continue on to both high points like the surprisingly metaphysical Beast of the Yellow Night and lows like The Twilight People and Savage Sisters before making way for even more entertaining Fillipino productions to take center stage, like the quirky Donald Pleasance vehicle Night Creature, the Corman blaxploitation crossover Night of the Cobra Woman, the crazed action/spy efforts Wonder Women, They Call Her Cleopatra Wong and For Your Height Only and the dark occultism of the Tom Selleck Daughters of Satan and the unbelievable Killing of Satan.
So join us as we discuss Eddie Romero, Gerardo de Leon and the horror and cult cinema of the Phillippines, only here on Weird Scenes!
Eddie Romero, Gerardo de Leon and the horror of the Phillippines