The Mad Doctor of Blood Island (1969)

Philippines, USA, 1969
35mm film, colour
mono, English

A Filipino/American science fiction/horror film directed by Gerardo de Leon (using the name Gerry De Leon) and Eddie Romero.


Directed by: Gerry De Leon and Eddie Romero
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Hemisphere Pictures Inc presents
Executive Producers: Kane W. Lynn
Produced by: Eddie Romero
Associate Producer: Beverly Miller
Written by: Reuben Canoy
Director of Cinematography: Justo Paulino
Music Composed and Conducted by: Tito Arévalo
Locations: Philippines

John Ashley (Dr Bill Foster)
Angelique Pettyjohn (Sheila Willard)
Ronald Remy (Dr Lorca)
Alicia Alonzo (Marla)
Ronaldo Valdez (Carlos Lopez)
Tita Muñoz (Mrs Lopez)
Tony Edmunds (Willard)
Alfonso Carvajal (Ramu)
Bruno Punzalan (Razak)
Edward Murphy (captain)
Johnny Long
Paquito Salcedo
Felisa Salcedo
Quiel Mendoza
Ricardo Hipólito
Cenón González

Alternative Titles

Blood Doctor
Grave Desires
– US reissue title
Mad Doctor of Blood Island
– US video title
Le médecin dément de l’île de sang
– French title
Tomb of the Living Dead

Sequel to
Brides of Blood (1968)

Beast of Blood (1970)
Brain of Blood (1972)

Extracts included in
Dusk to Dawn Drive-In Trash-o-rama Show Southern Style Vol.2 (1995)
Mad Ron’s Prevue’s from Hell (1987)


Today’s Cinema no.9940 (17 September 1971) p.13
A run-of-the-mill horror film that makes only limited use of its Philippine island setting and wastes a lot of time on irrelevant chat unconvincingly delivered. The monster is superbly repulsive but the effect of his appearance is consistently ruined by gimmicky zooming back and forth that made me feel seasick. […] A somewhat over-complicated story that never succeeds in being as frightening as it might have been. – from a review by Marjorie Bilbow


Castle of Frankenstein no.17 p.28
Fangoria vol.7 no.63 (May 1987) pp.18-19 – illustrated video review (The Video eye of Dr. Cyclops)
Kine Weekly no.3336 (18 September 1971) p.13
Mad Movies no.1 (June 1972) p.unpaginated – credits, review
Monthly Film Bulletin vol.38 no.454 (November 1971) p.223
Spectator vol.22 no.1 (Spring 2002) pp.23-45 – illustrated article (“American Pictures Made by Filipinos”: Eddie Romero’s Jungle-Horror Exploitation Films by Bliss Cua Lim)
Today’s Cinema no.9940 (17 September 1971) p.13 – review (by Marjorie Bilbow)
Today’s Cinema no.9944 (1 October 1971) p.17 – Department of Trade and Industry registration details
Video Watchdog no.33 pp.18-19 – review

American International Pictures: A Comprehensive Filmography by Rob Craig  pp.240-241
The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.197
Feature Films, 1960-1969: A Filmography of English-language and Major Foreign-language United States Releases by Harris M. Lentz III p.268
Hoffman’s Guide to SF, Horror and Fantasy Movies 1991-1992 p.222 – credits, review
Reference Guide to Fantastic Films by Walt Lee p.274 – credits
Sixties Shockers by Mark Clark and Bryan Senn pp.271-273
Trick Cinematography by R.M. Hayes p.315