I Drink Your Blood

I Drink Your Blood ★★★★½

Manson Family Vacation. The picture Bill Landis labeled “the pinnacle of the blood-horror movie”, a cult of trippy hippie Satanists are turned into mad dogs after being fed rabies injected meat pies by a vengeful little moppet. Chaos and mucho dismemberment ensue during a massacre that’s equal parts H.G. Lewis and early George Romero. Also like Romeo, DRINK acts as a mirror to the tumultuous times, transmuting a fear of free love and self-immolating Buddhist monks into horror movie imagery. Like a few of the other films Jerry Gross produced (SWEET SWEETBACK, TEENAGE MOTHER), this is a quintessential work of American exploitation.