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I Drink Your Blood (1970)

I Drink Your Blood is a 1970 American exploitation horror film. The film was written and directed by David E. Durston, produced by Jerry Gross, and starred Bhaskar Roy Chowdhury, Jadine Wong, and Lynn Lowry. The film centers on a small town that is overrun by rabies-infected members of a Satanic cult of hippies after a revenge plot goes wrong.

The story was inspired by reports of an incident in a mountain village in Iran in which a pack of rabid wolves attacked a schoolhouse, infecting people with rabies. Further inspiration came from coverage of the trial of Charles MansonPrincipal photography took place in Sharon Springs, New York over eight weeks, with the cast consisting of mostly unknown and amateur actors.

I Drink Your Blood was marketed and released as a double feature with Del Tenney’s 1964 film Zombies, which had been acquired by producer Jerry Gross and renamed I Eat Your SkinI Drink Your Blood was one of the first films to receive an X-rating from the Motion Picture Association of America based on violence, rather than on nudity.

It was released in 1970 to mixed and positive reviews from critics. Some critics praised its ability to shock as well as Bhaskar’s performance, while others critiqued the film’s explicit violence. On September 17, 2009 it was announced that Durston was planning a remake of the film that would be produced by and star Sybil Danning. The plans were canceled following Durston’s death in 2010.

I Drink Your Blood
Theatrical release poster advertising a double feature of I Drink Your Blood and I Eat Your Skin

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