SHADOWS OF BLOOD

1988

Cast: Paul Naschy, Barry Fleming, James Malkovich, Judith Hirsch, Bert Hooting, Ari Booth, Sygurd Cochius, Michael Gillins, Emmy Salle, Eva Van Heyningen, Harry Bas, Tonny Wilson, Ben Aerden, Beja Bergen, Anton Glass, Tanfirh Okuday, Rita Van Der Duin
Director: Sydney Ling
Screenplay: Sydney Ling
Music: Sydney Ling

Shot on video
Running time: 70 min.

No poster available

Naschy would probably like to forget his involvement with this Dutch-based film shot on video, but he shouldn't. While reports have indicated that SHADOWS OF BLOOD is a terribly amateurish effort of no value, an embarrassment, in fact, for a film star like Naschy, this Dutch curio has much to offer the non-discriminating viewer aware of the limits of the video technology employed in making the film. Taking those restrictions in mind, SHADOWS OF BLOOD emerges a thoroughly enjoyable experience, albeit perhaps only so for Naschy fans. Where else can you hear Naschy phonetically barking out an English word or two? Where else can you see what normally would have wound up on the editing-room floor: Naschy taking a backward fall on some steps as he attacks a victim? (The elder Naschy was almost seriously hurt in this flub.) Likewise entrancing, from an almost voyeuristic point of view, is the ability to see a favorite actor merely walk around in a contemporary setting, as Naschy does here on the streets of Amsterdam. Though restricted by the video format and meager budget, director Ling knows how to set up his pieces, and the acting is uniformly good, with special kudos going to the actor who plays Naschy's fellow escapee from a French asylum for the criminally insane (Barry Fleming?). Fleming's romancing of an Amsterdam woman is both filled with black humor and touching pathos. Then there's the tune,"Shadows of Blood," sung by co-star Judith Hirsch--its hypnotic aftereffects ordain it for some kind of recorded appearance.