Herschell (Croatian-born actor Steve Hawkes who shared writing and directing chores with Brad F Grinter) is a big, muscular, strait-laced, happy-go-lucky Vietnam-vet biker with big sideburns and an Elvis pompadour.
One day while out riding, he offers a lift to a Bible-quoting Loretta Lynn clone called Angel (Heather Hughes) who is having car trouble and ends up at a drug party hosted by her bad drug-addicted nympho sister, Ann (Dana Cullivan).
Angel lectures them that the body is a temple of the holy spirit that they shouldn’t defile and when a girl comes on to Herschell – who the narrator reminds us is conservative and responsible – he calls her a tramp.
So her boyfriend and Ann plot to make him an addict and before you know it, Herschell is hooked on dope.
The girl’s scientist father owns a turkey farm and offers Herschell a maintenance job and a home – but the scientists use him as a guinea pig, serving him a whole drugged turkey. Herschell gets sick from then smokes more pot and passes out.
When he wakes, he has turned into a turkey-headed vampire monster with an insatiable lust for blood (and flared jeans) and goes after the drug dealers, cutting the leg off a screaming drug dealing rapist with a power saw. Angel, of course, cures Herschell with prayer.
The acting, makeup (especially the papier-mâché turkey head), and rock music soundtrack are all wonderfully horrible.
Shot in Miami, Florida and co-written and co-directed with spectacular incompetence by Brad F. Grinter (who also appears onscreen at periodic intervals to provide bizarre narration – at one point succumbing to an epic coughing fit on camera), Blood Freak is surely one of the most bizarre films ever commercially released.
Brad F. Grinter
Brad F. Grinter