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Blood Bath

AKA's: Arte Sangriento / Horror Cocktail / Rastro Del Vampiro, El / Track Of The Vampire

Release date: 1966 USA
Running time: 77' (cover 80') - Source: DVD (RC 1/NTSC) b/w
Rating: UK: 15; US: NR
Main Crew: Director: Jack Hill (Foxy Brown 1974; Coffy 1973; House Of Evil 1968)
               Stephanie Rothman (Ruby 1977; The Velvet Vampire 1971)
Producer: Film Co. Filmgroup
Score: Mark Lowry
Writer: Jack Hill / Stephanie Rothman
Director of photography: Alfred Taylor


Summary: A crazed Californian artist who believes himself to be the reincarnation of a murderous vampire paints beautiful girls and then kills them by dipping their bodies in a vat of boiling wax.
Note: - Originally released by AIP as "Blood Bath" (with a running time of 69 minutes) and produced by Roger Corman. The nearly ten minutes longer television version of the film is called "Track Of The Vampire" and was assembled from three different projects: a Yugoslavian production called "Operation: Titian" (aka "Portrait Of Terror") was produced by Roger Corman, starring Patrick Magee (with the screenplay written by Francis Ford Coppola), but was deemed to be unreleasable by Corman himself. Corman hired Jack Hill to write and direct a horror film, centering it around footage from "Operation: Titian", to which Hill then added English-speaking scenes. After conflicts with Corman, Hill left the film, and Stephanie Rothman (who went on to direct another vampire movie, The Velvet Vampire, in 1971) completed the work, turning the possessed sculptor into a vampire and adding a new subplot with Sandra Knight. The finished film ran only 69 minutes, so Corman changed the title to "Track Of The Vampire" (Rothman's title of choice) for its TV release, and added additional footage consisting of outtakes from Hill's and Rothman's shoots.

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