The Horshack Redemption #31: Blood Freak (1972)

As we do every podcast, the Professor and I dish up:
  • Your recommendations of what's in the theater or on TV,
  • This week's top 3 list: Ways childhood is different today than in the 1970s.
  • And the movie review: Blood Freak (1972)
What will the drinking game for this film be? Will the Professor and I share the same opinion of the film? And,. most importantly, is there gratuitous nudity to discuss?
Join us for another round of retro-babble, dumbed-down movie critiques, and an overload of trivial pop culture connections.  Enjoy the show!


Read on for the screenshot gallery:

Your humble narrator,  Brad F. Grinter (co-writer and co-director of Blood Freak), who lectures us about the perils of drugs and chemicals in our food... whilst chain smoking (and hacking up a lung at the end of the film).

Our main characters: The angelic Angel, studly and stupid Herschell, and slutty drug addict Ann.

Guy, the drug dealer.  He gets poor Herschell hooked... bad things follow.

Herschell and Angel enjoy a spot of tea with the head of a turkey ranch.  This is Hersh's lucky day - he gets offered a job tending turkeys.

Herschell gives in to the dark side, and does drugs with Ann... then bangs her.

Did I mention Herschell is a badass mother f***er?

Herschell agrees to be the guinea pig for some crazy experiments goin' down at the turkey ranch.

Read this next sentence very slowly and carefully.  Herschell grows a turkey head and begins murdering residents around the Florida Turnpike.

Ann is worried about Herschell.  She'd go out and look for him, but she's too busy getting raped by drug dealers.

Where does it all lead?  Will Herschell forever be trapped inside the head of turkey, sentenced to a life of killing white trash of the Florida Turnpike?  Tune in to find out!


  1. Holy cow, this is an all time favorite. Great job guys. My favorite moment is the narrator having a coughing fit from smoking a cigarette as he lectures on the terror of drug use.

  2. Am I right that there was some involvement in this movie from a religious group, which is why there is the "heavy" message to it? I thought I read that somewhere.

  3. The top three list rang so true. My husband and I couldn't stop laughing, especially when you both talked about the role of dad back then. Our fathers were pretty cool, but yeah, they weren't driving us to play dates.

  4. The discussion of the changes in childhood and adolescence, and finally growing up altogether, between the 1970s and today is most profound. I especially like the insights from both Gilligan and the Professor, and how "something was lost when there was anticipation and things were not instant from a finger stroke".

  5. "What the hell is on this phone that is so much more important than real life?" So wise and well said.