Poor Sportsmanship: “Bloodlust!” (1961)


     Richard Connell’s classic short story “The Most Dangerous Game” has seen many cinematic manifestations over the years, the most prominent being the first, the RKO Ernest B. Schoedsack/Irving Pichel production (which used many of the same sets and resources for the next year’s “King Kong”), the bulk of which have borrowed the central narrative set piece of the story (the jungle hunt of man not beast) without a similar attention to the thematic complexities of the original tale. [See Posts and Recent Thinkings: The Days of Living Dangerously, Dec 24, 2011]. “Bloodlust!”, an independent cheapie filmed in 1959 but not released until 1961 is one of the few imitators to retain a portion of the important philosophical subtext of the original story, and even conceding it’s occasionally lurid concessions to the more exploitative elements suggested by the story, is all more interesting for it.

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I've been a puppet, a pirate, a pauper, a poet, a pawn and a king, not necessarily in that order. My first major movie memory was being at the drive-in at about 1 1/2 yrs. old seeing "Sayonara" so I suppose an interest in film was inevitable. (For those scoring at home- good for you- I wasn't driving that evening, so no need to alert authorities.)Writer, critic and confessed spoiler of women, as I have a tendency to forget to put them back in the refrigerator. My apologies.
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