Monday, November 10, 2008

Baby Blood

Foreign Film from France
[Dubbed in English]
Genre - Horror (Foreign)
Year Released - 1990
Running Time - 84 minutes
Directed by Alain Robak
Written by Alain Robak & Serge Cukier
Cast is pretty much Emmanuelle Escourrou

Rating: 3 Skulls

An alternate name for the movie
Plot Summary:
A horrible parasite infects the pregnant wife of a sadistic circus owner, driving her on a murderous rampage. As host to a nasty organism that's melded with her fetus, Yanka discovers that she can communicate with the creature, which orders her to kill her husband. With the monster in her womb demanding more human blood, Yanka descends into madness and sets off to find more victims to feed her unborn child.

Review:

First, I have to thank Bobby, over at http://straighttohellhorrormoviereviews.blogspot.com/ for writing a review of his own, on this movie, otherwise I would not have even known about it. Bobby's review intrigued me enough to want to rent the movie for myself, and I was not disappointed.

The movie starts off with some leopards, that were captured in Africa, being transported to a circus, somewhere in France. Here we meet Yanka, who assists the animal trainer. We also discover that Yanka's husband is abusive towards her.

When a leopard is discovered with its belly burst open, and some mysterious slime dripping from its body, we follow a strange tentacle-like creature that slithers around, until it discovers Yanka, asleep in her bed. It quickly slithers up her bedpost and into Yanka, between her legs. Yanka then awakens, packs her belongings, and leaves her husband. About a month later, the husband tracks her down and decides to pay a visit. Here we learn that the creature within Yanka's womb can communicate with her. It tells her to kill her husband, that it needs blood to grow, so that it can be can be born [it has been waiting to be born, since the dawn of time] The creature tells Yanka that if she does what it says, it will not hurt her. . . From here on out, we basically follow Yanka, throughout the remainder of her pregnancy, luring men with her body [note: Emmanuelle's body is very nice - her face, not so much] and ultimately feeding them to her unborn child.

One thing to note is that this is a restored DVD which includes scenes that were originally omitted from the movie. The movie is dubbed in English, yet the deleted scenes are in French - for instance there is a scene where Yanka hitches a ride with a trucker. The trucker is telling Yanka the story of how he came to be a trucker - he is telling her this in French - when suddenly, in English, he says, "So, what's your story?" I just thought that was pretty humorous. :-)

One of the other reasons that I wanted to watch this movie, was the fact that a sequel is on it's way soon. Emmanuelle Escourrou co-wrote the sequel and is going to be returning as Yanka. The sequel [Lady Blood] will also star Philippe Nahon (Haute Tension) as well as Xavier Gens - the director of Frontiere(s) which should be pretty cool.

The Poster for the Sequel

I do not have a trailer for Baby Blood, but if you head over to http://www.excessif.com/video/index.php?flashvideo=lady_blood_1eres_images.flv you can watch a trailer for the upcoming sequel.

Jason

8 comments:

The Lightning Bug said...

This looks pretty good. So with all haste I am off to the Netflix queue.

thebonebreaker said...

Cool :-)

Be sure to stop back by, after you have seen it, and let me know what you thought.

J

sadeian said...

Somehow I missed this way back when, but with the sequel news I'm going to check it out before too much longer.

thebonebreaker said...

Me too, and that's exactly why I decided to watch it now :-)

J

Bobby said...

Glad you enjoyed as much as I did. It's a real find. Great review.

thebonebreaker said...

Thanks Bobby! :-)

J

Bearded Weirdo Reviews said...

Weird film. I pretty much agree with your rating. And I'd give it about the same. Very, very good. Not perfect. That baby-things high-pitched voice is definitely freaky n' cool. The French have this reputation for being stodgy n' stuck-up, but they've been making some really break-neck nasty, full tilt Horror-with-a-capital-H horror films in recent years. Look no further than the recent double whammy of Frontier(s) and Inside.

thebonebreaker said...

I couldn't agree with you more William! :-)

J