This lavish technicolour production from Hammer tells the story of a young Huguenot who, although himself a victim of his father’s bigotry, eventually puts aside paternal differences and fights on the side of the sect when its existence is threatened by pirates.
Jonathon (Kerwin Mathews) – the lusty down-to-earth heir of Jason Standing (Andrew Keir), a pious and unrelenting leader of the Huguenot sect – is wrongfully accused of misconduct with a married woman (Marie Devereux), who is eaten alive by piranhas when she tries to flee.
He is found guilty by his father’s court and sentenced to 15 years in a nearby penal colony. He manages to escape but falls into the hands of LaRoche (Christopher Lee), captain of a crew of notorious buccaneers.
Captain LaRoche believes there is gold in the Huguenot settlement and Jonathon is compelled to direct the pirates to the stockade. There is a terrific struggle before the settlers are finally overpowered, but a fortunate outcome is Jonathon’s escape from the pirates through the efforts of Henry (Glenn Corbett), the fiancé of his half-sister, Bess (Marla Landi), who releases him.
In spite of his previous differences with his father, Jonathon now joins forces with him in an all-out effort to re-group the settlement’s forces and turn the tables on the pirates. Meanwhile, LaRoche discovers that a statue of the founder of the Huguenot settlement is made of pure gold. This precipitates more cutlass swinging between the opposing factions.
The Pirates of Blood River is an action-packed adventure yarn in the best tradition of the sea, the cut-throats who sailed under the Jolly Roger, and the men who had the courage to resist them.
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