Actors: Sid Haig, William Campbell, Patrick Magee
Synopsis: Arrow Video plunders the vaults to release all four versions of Blood Bath
“Blood Bath” has quite a perplexing plot to say the least. It is about an insane artist (William Campbell) who believes that he’s the reincarnation of his ancestor, a madman burned at the stake centuries ago. Campbell lures women to his studio above a bell tower, paints their portraits, kills them, and then dips them in wax. There are four different versions of the film and all four are included in this release from Arrow Films. “Track of the Vampire” is the television title of “Blood Bath” and it is ten minutes longer that the movie house version. The film’s history is quite interesting. It began as a Yugoslavian production called “Operation: Titian” that was helped set up by Corman himself who found the film to be unreleasable, but it later showed up on TV as “Portrait of Terror” (the second version). Then producer/director Roger Corman hired Jack Hill to shoot new scenes in California with Campbell, Sid Haig, Jonathan Haze, former playmate Marrisa Mathes, and others. Later, Stephanie Rothman was brought in to film even more scenes, mostly involving a subplot with Sandra Knight and the search for her missing sister.
“Sordi” (Campbell) is a painter who firmly believes that he is the reincarnation of his ancestor and that the beautiful Dorean (Lori Saunders) is also a reincarnation. He e kills Dorean’s friend Daisyand Daisy’s sister Donna (Sandra Knight). A group of comical artists come to the rescue and in the end, we see several wax-covered victims come to life and turn on their creator.
In some cases the acting is terrible but horror fans will find it to be a treat.For this release Arrow Video has searched through the vaults to bring you all four versions of Blood Bath, newly restored from the best materials available to provide a definitive release of one of Corman s craziest ventures.
LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS
- Limited Edition collection of the complete “Blood Bath”
- High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation of four versions of the film: “Operation Titian”, “Portrait in Terror”, “Blood Bath” and “Track of the Vampire
- Brand new 2K restorations of Portrait in Terror” with “Blood Bath” and “Track of the Vampire” from original film materials.
- Brand new reconstruction of “Operation Titian” using original film materials and standard definition inserts
- Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing on all four versions
- “The Trouble with Titian Revisited” – a brand new visual essay in which Tim Lucas returns to (and updates) his three-part Video Watchdog feature to examine the convoluted production history of “Blood Bath” and its multiple versions
- “Bathing in Blood” with Sid Haig – a new interview with the actor, recorded exclusively for this release
- Outtakes from “Track of the Vampire”, scanned from original film materials
- Double-sided fold-out poster featuring original and newly commissioned artworks
- Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Dan Mumford
- Limited edition booklet containing new writing on the film and its cast by Peter Stanfield, Anthony Nield, Vic Pratt and Cullen Gallagher.