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Battle of Blood Island

USA 1960
produced by
Stanley Bickman, Roger Corman (executive) for Bickman/Rapp Productions, San Juan Productions, Filmgroup
directed by Joel Rapp
starring Richard Devon, Ron Kennedy
screenplay by Joel Rapp, based on the story Expect the Vandals by Philip Roth

Roger Corman's Puerto Rico-Trilogy

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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World War II: The American Army tries to take an insignificant little island in the Pacific, but their whole battalion is mowed down by the Japanese - the whole battalion but Moe (Richard Devon) and Ken (ron Kennedy), who is left paralyzed by his injuries though and whom Moe, who has literally saved his life, has to look after from now on. However, the Japanese are still on the island, so Moe and Ken have to hide out in a cave, always trying to make ends meet, and have to watch out for their enemy. Eventually, Moe is even forced to kill one with his own hands, an experience that leaves him traumatized - yet the more the two men discuss their situation, the more they come to the conclusion they have to kill all the Japanese in their sleep by hand grenades in order to survive on the island themselves ... but just when they are about to, they see the Japanese commit mass suicide (don't ask, it's never explained).

With their enemy gone however, soon rifts build between the two men that culminate in Ken calling Moe a Jew - upon which their bond threatens to break for good. Since they are in this together though, Ken and Moe somehow make up, even if their relationship is never the same again ... eventually though, they find goats on the island, a species that simply doesn't belong on an island in the Pacific, and they start to wonder if they are going out of their minds ... until they find a battalion of GIs - and just in time too, since the GIs tell them the island will go up in an atom bomb test ...

 

Filmed back to back with Roger Corman's Last Woman on Earth and Creature from the Haunted Sea, Battle of Blood Island is the most serious of the trio - and ironically probably also the cheapest: There are only two actors with actual roles to speak of, a very limited number of cheap sets, no special effects and the like, etc etc - and what this film proves is that you can make an intelligent movie out of very little, as long as the story's good. However, that doesn't make Battle of Blood Island a great movie, it might have a good plot, but the directorial effort is rather flat and uninspired and the actors are merely adequate ... but while it's no masterpiece, the film is still worth a look, and it will most certainly not insult your intelligence.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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