Bloody Flesh (1983) – By Duane L. Martin

Well now, what the hell was that? No seriously…

Have you ever watched a film that had a lot of characters, whose relationships mostly made sense and worked well, but when it comes down to the main crux of the story, you’re just left scratching your head? That’s basically what this film is.

The main point of the story is that Andres and Margareth’s grandmother died. They come from a well off family, and along with the properties she left to her children, she left Andres and Margareth, who are half brother and sister, her stocks in the family’s sugar mills. After that, there’s a massive explosion that damages their home and kills thousands upon thousands of people that’s blamed on two drunk soldiers who shot at some military vehicles that were loaded with explosives. With their house damaged, they pack up and go out to another ranch they own in the country, but send Andres and Margareth out to the ranch called La Emma, where their Uncle Enrique has a place to get a generator, fruits and vegetables. While there, Andres and Margareth tell the uncle of the grandmother’s passing, and Margareth figures out that she and her brother Enrique were lovers when they were young, and still deeply in love when she died. Margareth and Andres feel the same way about each other, and just start exploring that (by having sex), just as Uncle Enrique dies.

Now all hell breaks loose. Babies start disappearing and turning up in weird places, animals are dying, ghosts are hanging out in the house to watch Andres and Margareth have sex, and the young couple are slowly turning into what basically amounts to zombies, with a taste for human blood.

This film literally takes about 53 minutes to get to anything really supernatural, and once it does, it’s so confusing and disjointed that it really doesn’t make any sense, nor is there any indication of why any of it is happening in the first place. The rest of the film after that 53 minute mark is unbelievably confusing and really just falls apart as far as the story goes.

Now, up to that point, this was a pretty decent film about a half brother and sister who loved each other, and slowly came to accept that fact and took their love into a sexual relationship, which was fine by me, because the girl playing Margareth, Adriana Herran, was just crazy beautiful. I actually looked up a recent photo of her. She’s aged really well and is still pretty hot, even after 30 years. My god…has it been thirty years now since 1983??? I can feel the liver spots bursting. 😛

Anyway, the main story and the relationships between the characters can be a little confusing early on, but as things progress, you will easily get a handle on it all and actually find the film to be pretty decent. It’s just when it devolves into the whole paranormal thing that it gets confusing and really starts to lose its appeal. If they had made things more clear with this aspect of the story and really held it together to a nice, tight conclusion rather than letting the story simply fall apart, this could have actually been a pretty decent film. As it is, only the first hour or so is decent, and it kind of goes down hill from there, but never so bad that you’ll just want to shut it off. Mostly, it just sort of goes from decent to ok, but never gets to a point where it becomes painful to watch or anything. I guess the best way to describe it would be that it leaves you wanting to understand what’s going on, but never delivers on it.

They make it a point in the description to say that this film takes place in 1956, though I can’t see where setting it in that time period has a huge relevance to the story other than with regard to some of the politics and military aspects of it, which were only minor items at best.

The acting in the film is quite good. It’s shot and edited well, and even though it looks dated, the DVD quality is very watchable, and includes good English subtitles. The film was shot in Colombia and is entirely in Spanish, and the DVD includes the original theatrical trailer for the film.

This release came from a company called One 7 Movies, a company which I haven’t heard of or had any dealings with before. As of this writing, they have about fifteen releases out there. I was sent this film unsolicited from their distributor CAV, along with another called Monster, which is also reviewed in this issue. I don’t know anything about the background of this company, but I have to say, all in all, the two releases they sent me are pretty decent, and I wouldn’t mind seeing more out of them.

I’m torn on whether or not to recommend this film. Parts of it I really liked, and the girl was just crazy hot, but the story…well, we discussed that already. I think I would have to say that I can recommend checking it out, because there is some really good stuff here, but just be prepared to spend about the last half hour somewhat confused.

By the way, for the squeamish, there is a scene in this film where a guy blows off the head of a turkey with his rifle at point blank range, and they show it. You see things like this sometimes in foreign films, and I’m really glad that films of the modern era have stopped doing things like that. I just wanted to mention it so those who are really bothered by seeing things like that can look away during this scene. It’ll be obvious when it’s going to happen, so just be alert and you’ll be able to skip by it or hide your eyes if you want.

If you’d like to pick up a copy of this movie for yourself, you can get it from Amazon here, or from a variety of other outlets. They seem to be in short supply at the moment, but I’m guessing from the fact that they sent this to me to review, that more will be on the way soon.

If you’d like to see the film’s IMDB page, you can see it here. I’m putting this link here, because you won’t find the film on IMDB under the name Bloody Flesh. The actual name of the film is Carne de tu carne, which I believe means, flesh of my flesh, which is something Enrique and his sister used to say to one another when they were lovers.