Part atomic monster movie and part tropical island horror, this contains all the ingredients to make a classic schlock flick including; Dwarves, killer trees, a big green monster and a murderous servant. Despite having all the ingredients the movie fails because it has a huge amount of pointless dialogue that has nothing to do with the plot (if you can call it a plot). Some people have said that because this film was aimed at the "drive in" market the pointless talking is there to create “make out time” which may have led to this film’s success on that particular circuit. When I watched Brides though I watched it ALONE and so what may have been good “make out time” was good sleeping time to me.
That’s the bad points out of the way and now on to the films strengths. For a start it has an amazing monster in the form of the Evil One (you can see a picture of this beasty at the top of the review). It completely suites the picture and it’s a shame it isn’t given more screen time as it is one of the reasons why this film should be better remembered among schlock fans.
Brides is a very fun movie. A lot of things happen that are forgotten about later on but this shouldn’t matter because I realised that I approached this in the wrong way. I approached Brides expecting an epic jungle horror movie, what I got was a thinly plotted film made on a shoestring budget. On my second viewing though I found myself enjoying the movie a lot more, doubtless because I was surfing the web at the boring bits. If you are going to watch Brides of Blood watch it with one eye open like it was meant to be seen, but if you like schlock pictures then it's a must. I said at the beginning I thought that this movie needed more attention and in the B-movie world most defiantly. This is acres above other more famous movies (in B-movie terms anyway) such as Horror of the Blood Monsters (1970). If you like that and other such pictures then you will love this.
GORE: There is one scene but I’m not sure if it counts since most people don’t have their stomachs turned by chopped up mannequins
NUDITY: Several scenes but nothing too bad
OVERALL RATING: 6/10 if you like dodgy horror buy this!
If you are in the states then you have several buying options for this disc. It was released separately twice and also in a box set called the Blood Island Vacation featuring the trilogy and also the Al Adamson movie Brain of Blood.