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Film / I Drink Your Blood

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"Let it be known, brothers and sisters, that Satan was an acid head."

I Drink Your Blood is a 1970 exploitation horror film directed by David E. Durston.

A coven of eight psychopathic Satanist hippies have descended upon the tiny backwoods town of Valley Hills, which is all but deserted due to the nearby construction of a dam. After beating up and raping a local girl for spying on one of their rituals, the girl's grandfather marches over to the abandoned hotel they're shacking up in to interrogate them; but they beat him up too and force feed him LSD. The girl's little brother and the grandfather's grandson, a little boy named Pete, takes revenge by shooting a rabid dog, extracting some of its blood and injecting it into some meat pies. He then feeds those pies to the hippies, and they go rip-roaring insane. Nuff said!

Notable for being screened as a double-feature with I Eat Your Skin, which somehow is a far lesser-known film.

This film provides examples of:

  • Artistic License – Medicine: Hydrophobia causes an infected person to have difficulty swallowing; it does not turn them into zombies that can be defeated by water.
    • Also, the incubation period of rabies is weeks or even months, not hours.
  • Ax-Crazy: The hippies go this after eating the pies. Also, the construction crew working on the dam goes this after they gang-rape one of the hippies.
  • B-Movie: This film was notably made very, very cheaply - wooden acting, a number of notable goofs (including one scene where the "zombies" are chasing the heroes, one of them drops a hard hat, and runs back to fetch it), major plot holes (Pete says early on that he knows what rabies can do and a few scenes later he asks his grandfather what does rabies do) and early-synth music for the shocking scenes that is nothing but loud sirens and screeches.
  • Big Bad: Horace Bones, leader of the hippie cult.
  • Covers Always Lie: That rotting zombie head has nothing to do with anything in the movie. Also, while a small amount of blood is in fact consumed, it is unknown to the consumers, and no one deliberately drinks any.
  • Did Not Think This Through: Pete says early on that he knows what rabies can do, which is one of the most apparent reasons he chose to have his revenge by selling the hippies meat pies tainted with rabies, but he probably did not expect the death and destruction that followednote 
  • Dragon Lady: One of the hippies is an Asian woman who wears a cheongsam and some sort of dagger in her hair, waves a fan, reads tarot cards and grows her nails long.
  • Drone of Dread: A very early version of this kind of music appears in various scenes, like when Rollo strangles and stabs to death two of the construction workers. Being pretty early in synthesizer tech, however, means the drone sounds more like a "very angry bee".
  • Equal-Opportunity Evil: The coven consists of two white men, three white women (one of whom is pregnant), an Asian woman, a black man and an Indian man. The Indian man's the leader.
  • Event Title: The hippies do (unknowingly) eat blood, but no blood is actually drunk by any characters.
  • Exploitation Film: The film's villains are a bunch of satanist hippies, a very typical villain of Seventies media. There's also nudity and gore galore.
  • From Bad to Worse: After being infected with rabies by the son of the local baker, the cult becomes flesh-eating zombies.
  • Full-Frontal Assault: We first meet the villainous hippie group performing a Satanic ritual while completely naked, followed by assaulting and (off-screen) raping a girl that happened to discover them.
  • Gone Horribly Wrong: Pete's plan against the hippies was to infect them with rabies, and they would suffer and die in revenge for what they had done to his family. Unfortunately, the result is them becoming pseudo-zombies and going on a murderous rampage, as well as infecting a bunch of construction workers who were working in the vicinity.
  • Gorn: There's beheadings, impalements and lots and lots of blood oozing from mouths and other orifices.
  • Gory Deadly Overkill Title of Fatal Death: "I Drink Your Blood" although ironically, no blood is actually drunk at any point (the closest it gets is the hippies eating the rabies-infected dog blood in the meat pies).
  • Horror Hippies: These guys are thugs even before they're infected with rabies.
  • Human Sacrifice: The hippies pretend to sacrifice one of their number to scare him; however, later, whilst he's unconscious, one of them actually does kill him.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: The pregnant hippie, after learning she's got rabies and realizing the implications this has for her baby, stabs herself with a wooden stake.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Pete. Why did he think infecting a bunch of already ax-crazy people with rabies was a good thing?
  • Non-Indicative Title: Nobody's blood is drunk, at least not directly.
  • Our Zombies Are Different: These zombies are the result of a rabies epidemic.