Night of the Bloody Apes (1968)
Director: René Cardona
Year of Production: 1968
Running Time: 79m 19s
Catalogue Number: FF30 218
Release Date: Jan 1983
AKA: Horror y Sexo; La horripilante bestia humana; Gomar, the Human Gorilla
Jose Elias Moreno, Carlos Lopez Moctezuma, Armando Silvestre, Norma Lazareno, Agustin Martinez, Noelia Noel, Javier Rizo, Gerardo Cepeda, Gina Morrett
Night of the Bloody Apes was actually a remake of Cardona's Doctor of Doom, which he made in 1962 with added nudity, female wrestling and stock medical footage - which was essentially just a cheap-shot at including some scenes of gore! The story revolves around mad scientist Dr. Krellman (actor José Elías Moreno, who died the following year in a car accident) and his attempts to cure his son's leukemia by dabbling in ape/human research. Cue scenes of real open heart surgery, the cackling scientist gifts his son with a new heart, and in the tradition of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Dr. Krellman inadvertently creates a monster! This man-beast, who grows fur and inexplicably begins to resemble an ape, then goes on a sex-crazed rampage, ravaging and killing anything unfortunate enough to get in his way...
A cheaply made Mexican horror oddity from René Cardona, father of filmmaker René Cardona Jr., the Mexican auteur of nearly 150 film productions. This film found a certain notoriety when it was branded as a "video nasty," while systematically hounded by police, and horror afficianados alike! This IVER release was uncensored, unlike its contemporary UK video/DVD releases, which have all suffered cuts to some of the stronger moments of sex and violence.
** IMPORTANT NEWS **
Stop Press! Reputable UK-based DVD distributor NUCLEUS FILMS have recently put out a lovely FULLY UNCUT release of this former "video nasty". Highly recommended - particularly to those curious enough to indulge in the outrageously twisted on-screen shenanigans described above. Suffice to say, it's highly recommended viewing, folks!
Be sure to check out the following trailer, as uploaded by NUCLEUS, which showcases this demented, (but highly recommended) trash-filled horror gem...