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Saturday, November 24, 2012

The VHS Archives: Rene Cardona's NIGHT OF THE BLOODY APES (1969)


Rene Cardona's La horripilante bestia humana (1969)

The VHS Archives Factsheet
Label: Gorgon Video
Catalog: MP3059
Box Type: Clamshell
Year of Release: ?
Runtime: 83:40
Print: 1.33:1 / English / No subs
Extras: None

About the Film
Director: Rene Cardona
Year of Release: 1969
Country of Origin: Mexico (with U.S.A. inserts)
Stars: Jose Elias Moreno, Carlos Lopez Moctezuma, Armando Silvestre, Norma Lazareno, Augustin Martinez Solares
AKAs: The Horrifying Human Beast, Gomar: The Human Gorilla, Horror and Sex, Sex Monsters, Nightmares of the Night, Korang: The Terrifying Human Animal

Verbatim Box Synopsis
An eminent physician told of his ill son's inevitable death is forced to attempt the impossible.
Distraught and willing to try anything our desperate doctor transplants the heart of an ape into his own son.
The result is a maniacal monster with an insatiable lust for blood.
The appalling carnage that follows aptly reiterates the age-old cliche -- never fool with mother nature.

U.S. Gorgon Video / MPI sleeve!

The original Gorgon Video artwork, recently unearthed by MPI!

U.S. Meteor Video slipcase, scanned by John Bernhard!

U.K. IFS Video sleeve, courtesy of It's Only a Movie!
One of the original Video Nasties!

IFS Video promotional flier, courtesy of the
Iver Film Services Tribute Site!

U.K. Vipco sleeve, originally scanned by "Kiba"!

Dutch Benelux Video sleeve, originally scanned by Lars Jacobsson!

Greek Panorama sleeve, also scanned by Lars Jacobsson!

An insert from my U.S. Jerand Films pressbook, advertising spare body parts for theatergoers. Did this ever actually happen? I haven't seen it referenced anywhere else. I'd love to see a picture of this particular ballyhoo -- I mean, who wouldn't want a spare body part?!

Hilariously gory U.S. theatrical trailer,
uploaded by the "Criterion Dungeon"!

Looking for Night of the Bloody Apes on VHS? It's available on Amazon here. If you prefer DVD, there's an excellent double-bill from Something Weird Video, paired with Emilio Vieyra's Feast of Flesh (The Deadly Organ) (1967). Another curio is BCI Eclipse's DVD, which actually includes the original (much more boring) Mexican version alongside Jerald Intrator's gored-up reworking.

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© 2012 -- Bruce Holecheck. All Rights Reserved.


  1. Great covers for a great movie, a personal favorite of mine. Thanks for sharing!

  2. The Vipco sleeve above is actually from their 'Strong Uncut' import range. Instead of printing out new covers they often just used the UK one but with a sticker noting it's uncut status.

  3. Thanks for the note! Any idea what country it's from then? Is this similar to their Dutch Benelux series?