INVASION OF THE BLOOD FARMERS was directed by Ed Adlum from a screenplay he co-wrote with Ed Kelleher and stars Norman Kelley, Tanna Hunter, Bruce Detrick, Jack Neubeck and Ortrum Tippel.

In 1972, a team of New York City exploitation outlaws that included Ed Adlum, Ed Kelleher and Michael & Roberta Findlay – along with first-time assistant cameraman and future award-winning cinematographer Frederick Elmes – descended on bucolic Westchester County with 8½ bottles of stage blood to make a movie about a Druid cult seeking to resurrect their dead queen. The budget was $24,000. The cast was paid in beer. And the result remains one of the greatest achievements in schlock/shock cinema history.

This 1972 horror obscurity takes place in rural New York and follows a group of ancient druids dressed like farmers that are going around picking out victims and taking them back to their hidden layer (it’s a barn) to harvest their blood with the plan to resurrect their queen. The creepy blood farmers nearly accomplish their sinister ritual but a small group of friends end up rebeling against them in the end.

The front of the packaging features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. This Severin release comes in a black keepcase which helps it stand out from the others. The Blu-ray disc also features some matching artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. Invasion of the Blood Farmers has been scanned from the original negative for the first time ever. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition upgrade were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio. Severin Films did a great job with this high-def upgrade!

Bottom line is, Invasion of the Blood Farmers ended up being as bizarre of a watch as the title teases. The first thing that came to my mind while watching this movie was Invasion of the Blood Farmers is what was going on at the next farm down the road from Motel Hell. It’s a cheesy PG horror movie but it’s one of those slices of cinematic cheese that’s so bad it’s good. Know what I mean? It’s like a train wreck because you can’t look away until it’s over. Anyway, the concept was the most interesting thing about the movie but they just didn’t have the budget to go along with it. There’s also some pretty bad acting from some of the cast which makes it even more of a fun schlockfest of the strangest kind. Ed Adlum and company delivered one of the goofiest entries into the sci-fi and horror genres that I’ve ever witnessed and I’ve watched a lot of movies in my day. With that said, I kind of had a blast with it and it’s definitely one I’m going to introduce to a few cinephile friends of mine. By the way, does anyone know if MST3K or Rifftrax ever covered this? Invasion of the Blood Farmers will make its Blu-ray debut on February 26th.

Distributor: Severin Films

Run Time: 84 Minutes

Rated: PG

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.85:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono

Subtitles: English

Special Features: The extras include some audio commentary, interviews with some of the cast and crew and a trailer.

  • Audio Commentary with Director Ed Adlum and Actress Ortrum Tippel, Moderated by Kier-La Janisse, Author of House of Psychotic Women
  • Nothing You’d Show Your Mom: Eddie Adlum’s Journey through Exploitation, Coin-Op & Rock n’ Roll (22:08)
  • Harvesting the Dead: Interview with Actor Jack Neubeck (11:57)
  • Painful Memories: An Interview with Cinematographer Frederick Elmes (04:43)
  • Trailer (01:54)
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