BLOOD NASTY opens with two-bit criminal Roy Flowers (Todd McCammon) helping fellow hoodlums Felipe and Mona dig up the body of Luis “Blade” Orlando (Richard Rifkin). A serial killer Satanist dubbed “The Butcher of Bogotá” (he’s so bad he gets two nicknames), Orlando has a priceless ring on his finger that they want to steal. However, Roy isn’t too bright and receives a shovel to his head for his trouble by his double crossing partners. They halfway bury him with Orlando and impale the two corpses with a pipe in the stomach before splitting with Roy’s plane ticket back to California. Bad news as the plane explodes just after take off and the magic ring lands right back on Roy, bringing him back to life with part of the killer’s soul in him. Are you still with me?
As it stands, BLOOD NASTY is neither great nor terrible. It is just one of those standard 80s horror flicks that were a dime-a-dozen back in the day. Running just 81 minutes, it never really has enough time to wear out its welcome and gorehounds will enjoy some of the rather graphic effects. Also, the film was shot on location in the California suburbs (think E.T. and POLTERGEIST but with 1/20 the budget), so it really captures that era well from the clothes to those lovely angled homes. And, of course, we’d be remiss if we didn’t show the films biggest assets.
Yeah, prime (naked) Linnea Quigley is always a good reason for cinematic viewing. And given what she has been in afterward that has gotten released, it is bizarre that this still sits on the shelf in terms of a U.S. release. Hell, even slashers from the same era like TERROR NIGHT (1987) and CAMP FEAR (1991) eventually got released when DVD hit. Not so for BLOOD NASTY.
|Gabai as the doomed Danny|
RG: Robert Strauss hired me as an actor then as things got closer to production he asked me to help him crew up and then co-direct. (Gabai had previously helmed ASSAULT OF THE PARTY NERDS.)
VJ: Is it something you and Robert Strauss developed together?
RG: Nope, it was all him and the writer [Burford Hauser].
VJ: Was the part of Danny that you played specifically written for you?
RG: Nope. But I had a great time playing that role.
VJ: If you can recall, when and where was the film shot?
RG: It was shot in the San Fernando Valley somewhere - maybe Northridge in 1989.
Variety production listing, May 1990:
VJ: The film has been released in Japan, Greece, Germany and other countries. Ultimately, what kept it from being released in the U.S. (at one point I see it was associated with Moviestore Entertainment as a U.S. distributor)?
RG: Yeah, I helped sell the film to my friend Joe Drake (now COO of Lionsgate) who was then at Moviestore. I don't know why it was never released. I think Moviestore went under or something.
|Writer-Director Strauss in a cameo|
RG: Some of my industry friends who saw it thought it was great - one of them asked me about doing a re-make. There were good times on the set but I shall plead the 5th.
VJ: Are you still in contact with co-director Robert Strauss?
RG: Nope. Haven't heard from him in years and years. If you find him say hello :-)
German VHS sleeve
(courtesy Torsten Dewi):