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Blood Harvest (1987)

Not Rated | | Horror | 1 January 1987 (USA)
Jill, visiting home from college, arrives to find her parents missing, and their home vandalized. Soon, matters take a turn for the worse, when she finds herself stalked, and her friends disappearing one by one.

Director:

Bill Rebane

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Chris Vaalar (story), William Arthur (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tiny Tim ... Mervo
Itonia Salchek Itonia Salchek ... Jill (as Itonia Salochek)
Dean West Dean West ... Gary
Lori Minnetti Lori Minnetti ... Sarah
Peter Krause ... Boyfriend
Frank Benson Frank Benson ... The Sheriff
Leszek Burzynski Leszek Burzynski ... The Priest (as Albert Jaggard)
William Dexter William Dexter ... Man in Cafe
Arlene Dexter Arlene Dexter ... 1st Bank Teller
Jeanette Belant Jeanette Belant ... 2nd Bank Teller
Pete Van Ryan Pete Van Ryan ... Auctioneer
Harvey Woodward Harvey Woodward ... Asstistant Auctioneer
Randy Scott Randy Scott ... Game Player
Chris Jahnke Chris Jahnke ... Game Player
Jim Zabella Jim Zabella ... Game Player
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Tiny Tim stars in his first dramatic film role in this taut drama. A Beautiful young girl, Jill Robinson, returns to her peaceful rural home town to find that her life has been turned upside down. The house she grew up in has been defaced, her parents are missing, and the whole town hates her father, the bank supervisor who had foreclosed on many of the local farms. Only "Marvelous Mervo" (Tiny Tim) seems happy to see her. He wanders around the community dressed in a clown's suit with a clown's permanent grin grotesquely painted on his face. Mervo's brother tries to re-kindle his love affair with Jill. Then, one by one, those closest to her are slaughtered like cattle... tied upside down from the rafters of the barn... until the surprise ending reveals the madman.. and a very unlikely savior. Written by VHS Box

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A cocktail of vengeance and lust ...

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Horror

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Trivia

Peter Krause refused to take off his jeans for his love scene with Jill. See more »

Goofs

When Jill is taking the shower, we see a hand turn a valve off (presumably the cold water), which causes the shower to get steamy. The hand is actually opening the valve, not closing it. See more »

Alternate Versions

The 2003 U.S DVD on the Retro Media label is heavily edited and missing footage of nudity and violence, including a brief full-frontal shot of Jill in the shower, and a throat slashing. See more »

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Really cool and original 80's slasher from … Bill Rebane?!?
22 February 2010 | by CoventrySee all my reviews

This one truly qualifies as an unexpected but incredibly pleasant surprise! Bill Rebane, the notorious director of widely acclaimed BAD movies such as "The Giant Spider Invasion" and "The Demons of Ludlow", actually managed to deliver a decent 80's slasher movie near the end of his career! "Blood Harvest" surpasses all of Rebane's previous films in terms of plot outline, character drawings, suspense, excitement and viewer's involvement. I would even go as far to call "Blood Harvest" an underrated and wrongfully neglected 80's slasher that deserves to have more fans! Country girl returns home from college to the little hillbilly town where she grew up, but finds her parents missing. For you see, her parents own the local bank and lately a lot of the farmers got disowned and evicted from their property, so the Robinson family isn't exactly popular anymore. The only persons still willing to talk to Jill are the Sheriff, albeit reluctantly, her best friend Sarah and the boy she was supposed to end up with if she had stayed in Hicksville. Oh, and a clearly deranged guy who dresses up like a clown and chants horrendous crooner songs. Apparently this guy's name is Tiny Tim and he was a fairly famous singer/ukulele artist during the 1960's. Thank God I'm not familiar with him at all. He calls himself Marvellous Mervo and his appearance scared the hell out of me. When multiple people start disappearing one by one, also including Jill's college boyfriend who came over for a visit, it's becoming apparent that somebody has a personal vendetta towards Jill. "Blood Harvest" is perhaps a bit slow in certain places, but widely compensates this through nasty and unsettling murder sequences where people are hung upside down in a barn, like cattle in an abattoir, and cut open from ear to ear. There's a good and genuinely creepy atmosphere and a couple of delightfully demented sequences, like when the crazed guy tries to make love to Jill when she's in a state of shock. That's quite sick! This film has a good soundtrack, decent performances from a unknown cast members, violence and nudity aplenty and a really profound directing job from Bill Rebane. It's a really cool and unjustly hidden gem of 80's horror and definitely comes recommended to fans of the genre.


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Language:

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Release Date:

1 January 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Marvelous Mervo See more »

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Irma, Wisconsin, USA See more »

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