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Blood Harvest - Blu-ray Review

Hung upside down.  Swinging from the rafters of a barn.  It's a hell of a way to go.  Especially when stripped of your clothing.  The killer running loose here - with a stocking over his face - is seriously messed up.  

Whoever the genius was that thought to put Tiny Tim in a throat-slicing horror movie, as a friggin’ clown no less, ought to be endlessly praised.  He is perfect.  And, yes, he sings in that warbling voice of his.  In fact, in full clown make-up, he opens the film with a bizarre serenade about Gary and Jill breaking more than just their crowns . . . 

with slices at the throat so deep and petrifying, it finally hacks its way onto blu-ray this winter


. . . Welcome to the demented fun that is Blood Harvest.  Here, where Marvelous Mervo (Tim) reigns supreme, anything can happen . . . like unplanned frolics to dilapidated barns for a bit of reminiscing and around the clock protection from A CLOWN.  Weird. 

Providing his own poorly-stitched clown outfit and smeary clown paint, Tiny Tim tiptoes through the tulips no more.  This horror film goes for the jugular and it doesn’t stop there either.  With enough cornfed T&A to make even Pamela Anderson blush, this straight-to-VHS flick introduces us to the poorly acted tale of Jill (Itonia Salochek) as she returns home from college to an empty home.  Where are her parents?  No one has seen them.  Who cares?!  Let’s strip!

Jill reconnects with a former love interest, starts a Scooby Doo-like search for her parents, showers a lot (in really hot water), and gets stalked by Marvelous Mervo.  Their scenes together are spooky.  He’s just out of his mind and offers, uninvited of course, to fix her coffee and pretends to be a tree.  Seriously bizarre dialogue, friends and foes. 

It’s Tin Pan Alley songs no more for Tiny Tim because, with this film, his voice tackles poorly-written dialogue, attempts to laugh, and lets his creepy man-child persona grow.  Is it possible that he is the killer?!  Say it ain’t so, Joe!Blood Harvest - Blu-ray Review

Centered around a town that is failing and falling apart thanks to one foreclosure after another, this low budget slasher might look like bottom of the barrel entertainment (as it was shot on poor film stock), but – showcasing the blue skies and the green fields of Wisconsin – manages to present a film that can never be forgotten. 

Whether that is because of the cast, featuring Peter Krause (of Six Feet Under fame). Frank Bensen as the town sheriff who wants to do NOTHING but play cards and wear silly shoes, AND a wooden chair with a noose around its back (seriously), this bizarre film is the stuff of living nightmares. 

Blood Harvest is directed by Bill Rebane (The Giant Spider Invasion) and, with slices at the throat so deep and petrifying, it finally hacks its way onto blu-ray this winter thanks to the purveyors of great cinematic taste over at Vinegar Syndrome

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Blood Harvest - Blu-ray Review

MPAA Rating: R.
Runtime:
88 mins
Director
: Bill Rebane
Writer:
Ben Benson; Leszek Burzynski
Cast:
 Tiny Tim, Itonia Salchek, Dean West
Genre
: Horror
Tagline:
A cocktail of vengeance and lust ...
Memorable Movie Quote: "Marvelous Mervo at your service"
Theatrical Distributor:

Official Site: https://vinegarsyndrome.com/shop/blood-harvest-slipcover/
Release Date:
 
DVD/Blu-ray Release Date:
October 30, 2018
Synopsis: 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 - Blu-ray Review

Blu-ray

Blu-ray Details:

Home Video Distributor: Vinegar Syndrome
Available on Blu-ray
- October 30, 2018
Screen Formats: 1.85:1
Subtitles
: English SDH
Audio:
English: DTS-HD Master Audio Mono
Discs: Blu-ray Disc; single disc
Region Encoding: Locked to Region A, B

Newly scanned and remastered in 4K from its original 16mm print, Blood Harvest looks as good as it is ever going to get.  Presented with an aspect ratio of 1.85, it is the punched-up color you will notice first.  The reds are delicious and the greens are fertile.  The blues go deep, too.  Of course, with so much of Itonia Salochek on display, you know the skin tones here are divine.  From clear pools of water to the glint of silver in the moonlight, the transfer has the film loaded with details and fresh-looking life.  The sound is presented in a choice between DTS HD MA 5.1 and 2.0 options.

Supplements:

Commentary:

  • There is a brand new commentary track with producer and co-writer Leszek Burzynski.

     

Special Features:

With reversible cover art, a new commentary track, a supplemental item featuring archival footage of Tiny Tim, and a booklet, fans of this low budget slasher will be pleased with Vinegar Syndrome’s efforts.

  • Tiny Tim in Niagara Falls (September 3rd, 1987)
  • Booklet with essay by Tiny Tim biographer Justin A. Martell

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