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(aka "Son of Sweetback vs Kong" )


directed by Keith J. Crocker
USA 1997


When carnie Lampini's (Paul Richini) simian friend Gordo (George Reis) disappears from the circus, he decides to take out those who've done him wrong (including a fraudulent mechanic, a Rabbi who tried to sell him a fake ring, and his girlfriend who walks out on him) with a gift of bananas (or banana soap) to attract the rape-happy escaped ape. When racist cop LoBianco (George Reis again) tries to pin the blame on Duane Jones (Christopher Hoskins, his character named after the lead of NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD) he tries to prove his innocence while Lampini tries to control Gordo who has come to like killing. Inspired by Poe's MURDERS IN THE RUE MORGUE and shot in between 1991 and 1993 (but not released until 1997), the Super 8mm (including both intentional and unintentional solarization) gives the film the look of a grindhouse seventies picture (before it was fashionable to do so) helped by the fuzzy sound, blunt editing, some library music cues, rundown locations as well as some shooting at a location before a Grateful Dead concert in which the extras were naturally dressed in retro clothes. Gory with a fair amount of nudity, THE BLOODY APE is only intermittently humorous but one has to commend the filmmakers for what they achieved with the budget as well as the planning that went into staging long dialogue scenes for the limitations of Super 8mm (which required some editing in-camera and necessitated occasional rhythm-breaking pauses in the dialogue to change shot angles). THE BLOODY APE isn't just imitative of grindhouse films, it is a grindhouse film.

Eric Cotenas


Theatrical Release: 15 July 1997 (USA)

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DVD Review: Wild Eye Releasing (Super Simian Special Edition) - Region 0 - NTSC

Big thanks to Eric Cotenas for the Review!

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Runtime 1:16:36

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.24 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0 mono)
Subtitles none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Wild Eye Releasing

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Audio commentary by Keith J. Crocker, George Reis, and Paul Richini
• THE BLOODY APE trailer (4:3; 0:55)
• BLITZKRIEG - STALAG 69 trailer (4:3; 0:59)
• GRINDHOUSE GORILLA - the Making of THE BLOODY APE (4:3; 23:07)
• ONE GRAVE TOO MANY short film (4:3; 6:13)
• Exploitation Journal Cover Gallery
• Pressbook
• Original VHS Cover
• Lobby Cards
• Stills Gallery
• Miscellaneous Art Gallery

DVD Release Date: February 3rd, 2009

Chapters 6



Derived from a tape master, the transfer looks and sounds as good as the original Super 8mm shooting (apart from a 16mm sequence discussed below that has better grain) with the addition of interlacing caused by the hard telecine of the original transfer to video for editing (the film fares better on interlaced television monitors). For some reason, the scene selection menu lists 30 chapters on a screen of 6 thumbnails numbered 1-5, 6-10, and so on but there are only 6 chapters.

The filmmakers provide a rowdy commentary that touches upon everything from the makeshift sets, multiple roles filled by Reis (who now runs the cult film site DVD Drive-in), the sleazy reputation of a motel location, the movie homages as well as the outright ripoffs (including an infamous one from the bigfoot pic NIGHT OF THE DEMON and some library music including the main titles cue also heard in the trailer for CHILDREN SHOULDN'T PLAY WITH DEAD THINGS). They also reveal that the shower attack looks better because it was actually shot in 16mm as a promo for the film when it was to be called BIGFOOT ON CAMPUS (and is integrated into the film by having the intended victim tell the girl in the shower (offscreen) to go ahead and use the banana shampoo she received as a gift. A making of featurette rehashes some facts from the commentary but also adds some other input. The BLOODY APE trailer is the aforementioned 16mm promo shower attack scene. A B&W short film ONE GRAVE TOO MANY (produced by Joseph Parda, now an independent horror film writer/director in his own right) about a pair of Burke and Hare-type grave robbers is also included as well as a trailer for BLITZKRIEG, Crocker's hommage to American and Italian Nazisploitation films as well as several still galleries of promotional materials for THE BLOODY APE (including the VHS release on Crocker's own Cinefear label from the days of grey market VHS). Extras are pretty comprehensive and I doubt some competing company from another country will unearth a new transfer (the Super 8mm reversal may now look worse than a tape master).

 - Eric Cotenas


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