Bloodlust Blu Ray Review (Mondo Macabro)
Bloodlust (aKa Mosquito der Schänder / Mosquito The Rapist, & The Black Forest Vampire) is a 1977 horror film directed by Marijan Vajda (Izbiracica, Zajednicki stan, & Seki snima, pazi se). It’s based off the true story of the Vampire of Nuremberg. Marijan Vajda was mainly known for directing documentary shorts, he shot almost 70 of them in his entire career. Bloodlust was cut & banned in various countries across the world. A deaf mute accountant (played by: Werner Pochath from Devil Hunter, Cop Game, Rat Man, A Man Called Rage, & Laser Mission) is haunted by a damaging childhood trauma. He has a weird hobby of collecting rare dolls & he doesn’t socialize with others.
He has a fixation with blood & a huge crush on a girl (played by: Birgit Zamulo from Techniques of Love, Clattering Chastity Belts, Bibi, & Sensational Janine) in his community. As he gets more curious about both obsessions, his life gets weirder & very dangerous. He breaks into the mortuary & finds the most attractive corpse to play with. He takes his craving for blood to the next level. He drinks her blood through a straw after stabbing her throat. He also mutilates & decapitates the female while exploring her body. He is known as the Mosquito, he begins to grave rob & raid tombs for more victims. After a tragedy, he loses his grip on reality even more & begins to KILL!!!!
Bloodlust really surprised me, I didn’t expect to like it this much! It’s a fairly obscure film that didn’t get much attention or great distribution back in the day. I definitely see the influence it might have had a little later productions that had a similar vibe to it. Mosquito is a pretty sick & disturbed character, he gets much worse before the feature is done. His morbid curiosity gets the best of him, it doesn’t help that co-workers & people around him are not very nice to him either. He goes from someone that just stays to himself to a psychopath with a craving for blood & death! Bloodlust has some really gory & sick moments that will wet any hardcore horror fan’s appetite. It had some nasty stuff especially for being from the 70s, I loved it. Werner Pochath delivers a great creepy performance in this, that’s beyond impressive considering he has no dialogue. I can’t believe it took this long to discover this film but I am very grateful that Mondo Macabro gave it some new life on blu ray with this release!!!!
Let’s talk about the high definition presentation from Mondo Macabro! This 1080p (1.66:1) transfer is fully uncut & remastered in 2K. Get rid of your bootlegs, old VHS, or edited DVDs of this because this is the definitive release for this obscure gem. It’s a major improvement over every previous home video release. It has two different audio options which include English: Dolby Digital 2.0 & German: Dolby Digital 2.0 on this disc. The quality on both tracks are really good but due to questionable dubbing I prefer the German version. The score sounds awesome on it. That’s another huge upgrade compared to the old releases. It also has English subtitles.
Let’s discuss the special features from Mondo Macabro on this release. It has a little over 11 minute “Interview” with son of Marijan Vajda & assistant director Marijan David Vajd. He said he worked on this while at film school. He said it was his first experience on a horror film. He said his father also wrote the script but he credited for it under a fake name. He brings up that it was based on a true story. He mentions censorship. He chats about being how impressed he was with it after revisiting it after all these years. He brings up a comedy that he directed & the success it had in Germany.
It has a little over 20 minute “Interview” with actress Birgit Zamulo. She talks about all the jobs she had before acting. She chats about getting her first play & getting into performing. She says did lots of terrible films but they were fun to do. She said she had to get nude a lot in them. She brings up Bloodlust & her experience on the production. She said she enjoyed working with Werner Pochath. She stole her on screen mother’s boyfriend at the time & ended up marrying him. She said she had to do some dangerous stuff here & they didn’t care if she got hurt or not, they just wanted the shot. She isn’t a fan of the film. She mentions the dubbing situation for it was a disaster. She talks about people being unconformable with her for doing this & sex films back in the day. The discussion is subtitled. It has a “Trailer” & a Mondo Macabro promo reel also. It’s available everywhere right now, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!!