Blood Thirst (1971)

Genres - Horror  |   Sub-Genres - Creature Film, Detective Film  |   Release Date - Jan 1, 1971 (USA)  |   Run Time - 74 min.  |   Countries - Philippines, United States  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Review by Fred Beldin

Blood Thirst is an entertaining horror/mystery tale with a twist on the standard legends that vampire fans might be expecting. Instead of the well-trodden territory of European-style vampires, this Filipino production features a blood fiend that worships the sun in return for eternal life. As played by Robert Winston, Adam Rourke is a suave but arrogant detective who's quick with a flip remark and not afraid to plant a wet kiss on the dame who just smacked his face. With the focus on this second-rate Mike Hammer, Blood Thirst sticks closer to private eye conventions than traditional horror, but the story moves fast enough to engage and some unsettling set pieces towards the end of the film bring it back to the realm of the eerie.