Plot: The residents of a small, rural town have their drinking interrupted when a man shambles into the local tavern covered in blood, shrieks like a lunatic, then collapses. While some write off this kind of behavior as mere drunk hijinks, it soon becomes clear there is some kind of odd antics going on in town. What the local hicks don’t know yet is that a cabal of druids has moved into the area and has been abducting the citizens, then using various techniques to drain their precious blood. The plan is to keep draining the locals until just the right type of blood is secured, which can then resurrect their Queen and gain favor with the dark gods. But some of the hayseeds have started to realize that folks are vanishing or turning up dead, so an investigation is launched. As the druids race to complete the ritual and the locals just try to get back to being drunk, who will emerge victorious in this epic clash of wills?
Entertainment Value: Invasion of the Blood Farmers is an all time schlock classic, a movie meant to be a sincere horror picture, only to wind up as a bizarre, ridiculous roller coaster ride of entertainment. The narrative is fantastic, with redneck druids versus redneck locals in a battle over blood, alcohol, and of course, pleasing the old, dark gods. The movie spills a lot of blood, but does so in hilarious fashion, with some of the hokiest special effects you’ll likely see, while the film was so horrific that it was slapped with a PG rating. So even if you normally avoid the gore soaked side of horror, don’t skip this one because of the title, this is more unintentional slapstick than scares. But unlike some movies of this kind that only have a few memorable or fun scenes wedged into a mostly dull duration, Invasion of the Blood Farmers is a fun, outlandish ride from start to finish. And fun is the best way to describe the movie, as it is pure wackiness and mind melting craziness, played as straight as an arrow. Of course, if you don’t appreciate low rent schlock, then you likely won’t connect with the movie as much, but in that field, this is Hall of Fame level cinema. Anyone with even a mild interest in horror, b movies, or oddball curios should give this movie a look.
No nakedness. This is wholesome entertainment, folks. The movie splashes blood around often, but it is so over the top and low rent, it is more humor than horror. This is a good thing however, as it adds so much unintended entertainment and this kind of cheap bloodshed is just hilarious at times. So don’t expect brutal or even mildly gruesome instances of gore, as this is hokey, super fake stuff, but again, that is part of the charm in a flick like this. But blood is blood and since the violence is tame, but wildly fun, I think it deserves some points. If you like old school, insanely hokey violence with bottle after bottle of stage blood, this is your ticket to paradise. But for me, the real draw of this movie has to be the performances and dialogue, which never fail to entertain and give you plenty of outrageous lines to quote. I mean “…probably woodchucks” is a line of god tier level alone, but the movie is laced with oddly written, poorly performed dialogue that is just irresistible. Not a quirky line here or there, but a constant flow of solid gold to be mined. As for craziness, come on. You know this one puts up some solid numbers, as it is b movie madness throughout and the sincere approach only serves to make things even more ludicrous. There is a sweeter, more innocent chaos to Invasion of the Blood Farmers, but it is still plenty bizarre. I also want to mention that the movie has one of, if not the best endings in cinema history.
Overall Insanity: 7/10
The Disc: As always, Severin Films delivers the goods here, with a new scan from the original negative that results in what is easily the best looking presentation of this cult classic. The print looks much cleaner than I ever imagined, while still keeping the natural, low rent look that is crucial to the movie’s vibe. The colors are bright and the blood especially stands out as rich, while contrast is even handed. I didn’t expect much in terms of detail or depth, but this new scan yields some remarkable visual presence, another fantastic treatment from Severin Films. The extras start with a candid audio commentary from director Ed Adlum and star Ortrum Tippel, which has a good amount of behind the scenes content and production stories. New interviews with Adlum, cinematographer Frederick Elmes, and actor Jack Neubeck also prove to be honest, interesting content. The supplements are rounded out by the film’s trailer.