Tales From the Crypt Presents : Bordello of Blood - Collector's Edition (Blu-Ray) : Release Year - 1996
Overall Rating : 7.5/10
Directed By : Gilbert Adler
Dennis Miller (Dennis Miller Live (TV) )
Erika Eleniak (The Beverly Hillbillies (1993) )
Angie Everhart (Another Nine & a Half Weeks)
Chris Sarandon (Fright Night (1985)
Wisecracking private eye Rafe Guttman (Dennis Miller, Joe Dirt) investigates some strange happenings at a titillating bordello on the edge of town. It seems owner Madam Lilith (Angie Everhart, Jade) and her luscious cohorts want more than moneythey want blood! Soon Rafe finds himself up to his neck in a den of hungry vampiresses and battling the Reverend Jimmy Current (Chris Sarandon, Fright Night, Child's Play), a slick televangelist with an unstoppable talisman.
In TALES FROM THE CRYPT : PRESENTS BORDELLO OF BLOOD, a funeral home is center stage, when it's revealed that a lot more than just funeral services are going on there. When her younger brother, Caleb doesn't return home for a few days, Katherine Verdoux becomes concerned. But when Police offer little help, she is forced to go elsewhere. Enter Rafe Guttman. Guttman, a wisecracking, independent Private Investigator, happens to overhear Katherine at the Police station, when he offers his services. Initially, Katherine is reluctant to hire him, but eventually gives in. Guttman takes to the case, which would eventually lead him to McCutcheon's Mortuary, where he makes a rather bizarre discovery. The funeral home, for the most part, appears to be your everyday, ordinary house of services, but in the back, lies a secret operation. In the further confines of the morturary, operates a bordello which in run by a firery redheaded madam named Lilith, and the girls there want more than just sexual pleasure. As it turns out, that is where Caleb and a friend headed, as they were tipped off, shortly before they disappeared. Guttman, as well as Katherine(with a little convincing from Guttman, of course). Work hard to uncover the secret of the Bordello, before diving head first into vampire carnage(carnage that has a lot more to do with Katherine's employer, Reverend J.C. Current, than she realizes). In the end, Guttman and Katherine must go head to head with the house of vamps, including the seemingly powerful Lilith, to ensure that, "what happens in the whore house, stays in the whore house".
After watching the Making Of featurette that is included with this release, it is clear to see that BORDELLO OF BLOOD was a very troubled production. It seems as though everyone involved with it hated the experience of making the film. The story, which came from the first script that Producers Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale had written while in college. The only reason that this film was made was that Zemeckis almost left Universal. In order to have him stay, Universal agreed to make the film, based on his first script. That was the start. The film then ran into conflict about where the film would be shot(without Union support in LA - the Producers moved filming to Vancouver). Once filming, demands by the cast caused multiple rewrites. Elaniak, in an effort to be more professional, refused to participate in any sexual scenes(suggestive or otherwise), and Miller often went off script, improving most of his dialogue(something that I personally feel, benefited the film). So, with all of this turmoil, and with everything going not as planned, TALES FROM THE CRYPT PRESENTS : BORDELLO OF BLOOD, couldn't be no more than an awful film, right? Wrong. Knowing all that went down during filming, I am really surprised just how good this film is. In fact, in all honesty, I actually enjoyed it more than it's predecessor, DEMON KNIGHT.
The thing is, is this. Is BORDELLO OF BLOOD a technically great film? No, it's not. But as a B-Movie. and as a Horror comedy, it works quite well. When it comes down to it, all of the characters here, aren't exactly 100% realistic, in fact they're more fit, within the realm of a comic book, which seeing as this is a "Tales From Crypt Presents" film, it's actually pretty fitting. At the time that DEMON KNIGHT and BORDELLO OF BLOOD were made, they were intended to be part of a proposed trilogy, that was meant to include a film made from Quentin Tarantino's script for FROM DUSK TIL DAWN(yes, that FROM DUSK Til DAWN). But when Tarantino wanted more money than they were willing to spend, it was a no go. However, had that happened, i'd say that BORDELLO OF BLOOD would have been a nice predecessor. It's a vampire film that is high on camp, off-the-wall action, as well as dialogue. Sure, while it may be a little sloppy, the end result is something that is a lot of fun. It's of the stuff, which makes a cult classic. It has its fans - and rightfully so.
Going back to the film's characters, they're all pretty colorful and fun. Of Course, here, we have Corey Feldman once again in a world of vampires, but eventually he's on the other side this time. And then there is of course comic, Dennis Miller, who everyone says, was tough to work with on the film. One of the things that they complained about, was the fact that Miller took it upon himself to rewrite most of his dialogue to fit his type of comedy delivery. While I can see why the Producers were upset, I feel that the improvisation by Miller was sort of a blessing in disguise, as his character, Rafe Guttman is actually really funny, and I feel, is one of the reasons BORDELLO OF BLOOD is such a cult favorite. Another character that is a complete standout, is the character of Reverend J.C. Current, portrayed by Chris Sarandon. He's a Reverend, but not just any Reverend....he's a Rock 'n Roll reverend - guitar and all. In the film J.C. is an Evangelist, who goes all out with his shows. Taking place on a huge stage, the shows are not without "smoke and mirrors". He is essentially the KISS version of the word of God. It's a great character which mocks reality, As the film's main villain, we have Supermodel/Actress Angie Everhart has "Lilith". It is another bit of casting that wasn't well liked by Producers, yet I have to say that she does just fine as the villain, that is supposed to be both beautiful and vicious. Overall, everyone is great, in the campiest way possible.
What can I say? After viewing the film, and enjoying it as much as I did, I couldn't believe just how much of a troubled production it was - from its script, all the way down to its special effects. But I really enjoyed it. It is just one of those crazy films that you just sit back and have some fun with.
With the Blu-Ray release of DEMON KNIGHT, I noted that in some of the darker scenes, the color was a little muddled. However, that isn't so much the case with BORDELLO OF BLOOD, as the transfer here looks great with all things considered, This release, which is presented as a Collector's Edition by SCREAM! FACTORY features a "Making Of" featurette, a home video promo, as well as a still gallery, and the film's theatrical trailer.
Some details are as follows :
Tainted Blood - The Making of Bordello of Blood (36m 8s)
This Making of featurette features interviews with stars Corey Feldman, Angie Everhart, and Erika Eleniak, as well as the film's Co-Writer & Co-Producer A.L. Katz, Editor & Second Unit Director Stephen Lovejoy, And Special Effects Artist Todd Masters. It chronicles the making of BORDELLO OF BLOOD, including the film's many hangups.
6/10 Along with its suspense and action scoring, this TALES FROM THE CRYPT film also once again features a number of Rock tracks, including "Jailbreak" by Thin Lizzy(it gets extra points for this, as Thin Lizzy is my all time favorite band.).
IMPRESSION OF THE FILM
Coming away from DEMON KNIGHT yesterday, I really liked it. However, when it comes to BORDELLO OF BLOOD, I liked it even more. Perhaps it's because it's a little less perfect, and much more silly. Who knows? All I know is that it's a lot of fun, in the "Midnight Movie" sense.
Special Features include :
- NEW Audio Commentary With Co-Writer & Producer A.L. Katz
- NEW Tainted Blood: The Making Of Bordello Of Blood Interivews With Actors Corey Feldman, Angie Everhart, Erika Eleniak, Co-Writer & Co-Producer A.L. Katz, Editor & Second Unit Director Stephen Lovejoy, And Special Effects Creator Todd Masters
- Video Promo
- Still Gallery
- Theatrical Trailer