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Curse III: Blood Sacrifice (1991) - Blu-ray Review

Never a great movie, this one is for Christopher Lee purists only.  Curse III: Blood Sacrifice has nothing to do with the other movies in the series.  That should be your first indication of exactly where this one is headed.  It does have some interesting moments, though.  Shadows in the Sugarcane fields are always delightful and with some nice celebrity skin to go along with it, the lows of Blood Sacrifice can be somewhat reduced.

"Go into this one with low, low, low expectations.  Maybe you won’t be disappointed. Maybe."


Starring Christopher Lee, Jenilee Harrison, and Henry Cele, director Sean Barton’s horror movie gets its beginning right.  African voodoo is its main thrust and, with machetes raised, the film slices and dices until all heads will roll.  For about the next half hour, though, that’s the film’s best moment.  Sad, but true.  Stuffed with some awesome gratuitous nudity from Harrison, the film slows down for way too long before the stopping of a goat sacrifice curses all the white people in the movie.

And Lee is the witchdoctor with some of the best lines in the movie.  He gets it.  He understands that when the English, this tale is set in 1950, interfered with the voodoo ceremony they cursed themselves.  And what awaits them is a sea monster like no other.  The one attacks whenever, isn’t sneaky about it, and loves to ambush its targets by lying in wait in the all the sugar cane that blocks them in.

The film works for a few minutes before boring us with its melodrama.  It is that unevenness that makes the next appearance of the sea monster or of Lee chewing the scenery or of a bare breast so much more necessary than it ought to be.  Curse III: Blood Sacrifice is a B-picture through and through; it is also genre fodder, never truly embracing its horror elements and more comfortable being a period piece about culture clashes which might put off those expecting gore and open sores.  There is really none of that here. Curse III: Blood Sacrifice (1991) - Blu-ray Review

Instead, we have a meditation upon South African relations circa 1950 and why rubber lizards aren’t all that terrifying.  The period piece absolutely nails its setting.  That said, none of the characters have any chemistry together which makes this horror film hard to sit through.  Of course, not so hard if you are a Lee enthusiast.  He is easily the best thing about the picture and, as this film was made in the beginning of the 19990s, knows exactly what kind of crappy tale he is in.  His performance matches his understanding of the material and makes it one hundred times more bearable.

Go into this one with low, low, low expectations.  Maybe you won’t be disappointed. Maybe. It is now available on blu-ray thanks to Scorpion Releasing.

Buy for Christopher Lee, stay for the monster.

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Curse III: Blood Sacrifice (1991) - Blu-ray Review

MPAA Rating: R.
Runtime:
91 mins
Director
: Sean Barton
Writer:
John Hunt
Cast:
Christopher Lee, Jenilee Harrison, Henry Cele
Genre
: Horror
Tagline:

Memorable Movie Quote: "If you don't believe me, you are going to die too."
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Release Date:

DVD/Blu-ray Release Date:
March 1, 2019
Synopsis: An African witch doctor summons a demon-like creature to torture an American who interrupted a tribal ceremony in an attempt to keep them from sacrificing a goat. As a result, a witch doctor puts a curse on her and her family. It’s not long before a demon from the sea is stalking the family and anyone else they know.

Curse III: Blood Sacrifice (1991) - Blu-ray Review

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Blu-ray Details:

Home Video Distributor: Scorpion Releasing
Available on Blu-ray
- March 1, 2019
Screen Formats: 1.85:1
Subtitles
: English SDH
Audio:
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0
Discs: Blu-ray Disc; single disc
Region Encoding: Locked to Region A

With nice locations and crisp details, Scorpion Releasing puts Curse III: Blood Sacrifice on blu-ray with solid results.  The landscapes and sugarcane fields are quite beautiful in the picture, even if they are never used to the full effect.  Black levels are consistent and so, too, are the colors.  The new 1080p transfer is crisp with defined edges. Colors are vivid and fine details are noticeable. Skin tones are warm. Occasionally, the red tones overcompensate in some areas, but a sharp-looking release nonetheless. The faithful English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 track is an incredible accompaniment to the feature.

Supplements:

Commentary:

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  • None

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