Comment The original Mexican version of "Night of the Bloody Apes". Read the forumthread for more info.
La Horripilante Bestia Humana aka Night of the Bloody Apes (1968)
Directed by: René Cardona
Plot Outline: This cheap Mexican horror film is a remake of Cardona's Doctor of Doom (1962), spiced with nudity, medical footage, women wrestling, and cheap gore shots. Female masked wrestler Lucy (who looks like the devil) beats the stuffing out of an opponent - a wrestling lady with a red costume like Catwoman. Lucy finally hurls her opponent from the squared circle and knocks her out cold. Although Lucy's cop boyfriend tries to convince her that it's all part of the show, Lucy can no longer handle the stress of wrestling. Meanwhile, a mad scientist attempts to cure his son's leukemia by doing the first 'ape-to-human' heart transplant. He decides to put a gorilla's heart into the lad and orders his flunky to "prepare the gorilla!". There is actual footage of a graphic open heart surgery inserted in the ape operation scenes. This of course causes the boy to turn into a big stinky man-ape. He becomes deformed and mutated, as he sprouts excessive facial hair and takes on the characteristics of the organ's donor, who immediately goes on a bloody rampage, tearing clothes off women and faces off men.
It's not really fair to call this version of the movie (the Night of the Bloody Apes version – Slayer) the "uncut" one. First of all, this was originally a Mexican movie, made in two versions by René Cardona. The theatrically released Mexican version was called "La horripilante bestia humana" and doesn't contain nudity. Simultaneously filmed, the export version has some snippets of nudity and is called "Horror y sexo". Although publicity materials (in Spanish) were made for both versions, only the first one was released in Mexico to my knowledge (in 1969). These two versions are the ONLY "legitimate" ones, and neither one or the other can be qualified as "cut", they are simply alternate versions.
Then, in 1972, an US distributor added gory shots to the "Horror y sexo" version and released the result as "Night of the Bloody Apes". You can call it "the uncut version" if you want, of course, but the fact is that is no more than a patchwork, à la Jerry Warren or Al Adamson.
The recent DVD box released by Deimos contains two versions of "Munecos infernales / Curse of the Doll People" and two versions of the René Cardona movie:
- La horripilante bestia humana (complete and uncut "soft" version)
- Night of the Bloody Apes (Horror y Sexo + added US sequences)
Unfortunately, the original "Horror y sexo" (complete "nude" version and WITHOUT the added US sequences) is not included in the box...
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