‘I Eat Your Skin’ is an intriguing film, and the story behind the actual film’s inception is probably more interesting than the actual film.
Despite having an amazing title, and being blessed with great theatrical posters, this film fails to deliver in a big way.
‘I Eat Your Skin’ was originally directed and produced by Del Tenny, and was filmed in Key Biscayne in Florida.
The film is supposedly set on a remote Carribean Island (called ‘Voodoo Island’), and Key Biscayne was chosen as a suitable location as it provided enough swamp and jungle-like terrain to convince viewers that it was a remote and tropical Island.
The film was originally titled ‘Caribbean Adventure‘, and was later also known as Zombie Bloodbath and Voodoo Blood Bath.
Once finished the film sat on the shelf gaining dust for 6 years until the distribution rights were purchased by Jerry Gross, who decided to release it in 1971 as part of a double-bill with ‘I Drink Your Blood‘.
The titles of both films in the double bill suggested similarities, and certainly sounded like an awesome horror double-bill to get any fright-fan salivating, but in reality the two films couldn’t be more different….and they seemed separated by a gap greater than the 6 years that ‘I Eat Your Skin‘ had spent on a shelf.
The PlotOh yeah, the plot – there is one, and it isn’t anything special. William Joyce plays the lead role as a writer called Tom Harris who travels to an Island where Voodoo is practiced in order to gain material for a book he is writing.
The fact that Voodoo is practiced ends up having little bearing on the plot – in fact most things in this film don’t really make too much sense. If you started picking at the seams of the plot, then it would all unravel with only the slightest of tugs.
Anyway, lets get back to ‘Tom Harris’, our hero and protagonist (who seems to be permanently drunk) – soon after he arrives on Voodoo Island, he falls in love with a woman who turns out to be the daughter of a scientist that is already on the island working on his research.
It turns out that the scientist is actually treating the native inhabitants of the Island with some form of toxic snake-venom that turns them into zombies. This soon escalates into aspirations and dreams of, and I quote, …”conquering the earth with an indestructable army“
As mentioned previously, despite the promising title there is very little gore here and very few scares. Much of the storyline and plot is explained in various monologues that detail the storyline so much that you don’t really need to watch the rest of the film. or care about any character development.
The zombies that do appear aren’t scary at all, and are basically created from sticking some basic ‘bumpy’ makeup and paint on an actors face, and drawing staring eyeballs on the actor’s closed eyelids.
But that isn’t too much of an issue as you will be too busy being distracted by the poor editing, the odd script, and the plot that stops and starts at seemingly random intervals, and the total lack of logic and basic storytelling ability.
In case you were still wondering, we aren’t recommending this. The best thing about this film is the title….and little else. But if you really want to experience it, then check out the embedded video below.
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