Blood Harvest (1986) (BLU-RAY/DVD REVIEW)
DIRECTED BY: Bill Rebane
STARRING: Tiny Tim, Itonia Salchek, Dean West
RATED: UR/REGION A/1:85/1080P/NUMBER OF DISCS 2
AVAILABLE FROM Vinegar Syndrome
Jill has just returned home from college to the rural farm community where she grew up, only to discover that her parents have mysteriously vanished. Learning that her father, a banker, has become the local pariah for overseeing land foreclosures on local farmers, Jill quickly becomes the victim of a series of strange and increasingly depraved assaults. With only her childhood friend and former lover, Gary, and his mentally unstable brother, Mervo (Tiny Tim), willing to believe her, Jill begins to fear for her life. All the while, a stocking-masked killer is abducting, torturing, and brutally killing those closest to Jill…
Blood Harvest is certainly one of the stranger slasher flicks I have ever seen. Starring the high pitched singer Tiny Tim, this movie shows a family taking things into their own hands after they find themselves in trouble over the big bad banks closing in on them. So, it’s typical losing your land story but with a bloody twist…Oh, and Tiny Tim. We can’t forget Tiny Tim no matter how hard we might try. I’d say if you took The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and did a lowe level version of the film that took place in somewhere like Alabama you’d get what this movie feels like. However, this one takes place in Wisconsin and looks pretty dreary in tone and feel, even if the Blu-ray doesn’t look bad because Vinegar Syndrome always does great with transfers. The tone is left here and the tone feels like some weird doom and gloom. For better or for worse if you want something with an odd vibe around it, Blood Harvest has at least that if nothing else.
We have a man running around like as a clown, another with pantyhose on his head slashing throats, a final girl that doesn’t really feel like one, but she is regardless. And all of this comes at us at a pace at times that feels like it could be a little better. You can tell why many thought the slasher craze was coming to a very dwindling end here with a movie like Blood Harvest, but its still a must-own even if it isn’t that great for a slasher lover like myself. If nothing else, you at least get an awesome slipcover with this one if you are crazy about those things and I certainly am. I think Blood Harvest is a film at least worth seeing even if it isn’t all that good. This is a great release for it regardless, but just don’t go into this without knowing we have what could be called a third or fourth string slasher on our hands.
– Region free Blu-ray/DVD combo
– Newly scanned & restored in 4k from its 16mm original camera negative
– Brand new commentary track with producer and co-writer Leszek Burzynski
– Tiny Tim in Niagara Falls (September 3rd, 1987)
– Booklet with essay by Tiny Tim biographer Justin A. Martell
– Reversible cover artwork
– English SDH subtitles
This special limited edition embossed slipcover (designed by Earl Kessler Jr.) is limited to just 1,500 units and is only available here at VinegarSyndrome.com!
QUALITY OF TRANSFER: 88%