Well, this sounds like a really good time.
Brian Yuzna, the legendary producer behind it Re-Animator, From the outside and Dagon, collaborated on the comic book series and accompanies a line of “Tiki-style” monster mugs called Brian Yuzna Presents Tales of Blood Island. A Kickstarter campaign has just launched to bring comics and mugs to harrowing life, both of which are inspired by old Filipinos Blood Island exploitation film series.
FANGORIA.com has several exclusive covers from the comics below, as well as excerpts from Yuzna and friends. These two colorful ties will serve as the precursor to a cinematic Blood Island The remake, based on a script by writer David Sehring and former FANGORIA clerk Mark Cerulli, will be produced by Yuzna and Drive-In Sanity Films.
“I’ve always been intrigued by strange stories about zombies, monsters, mutants and crazy doctors,” said Filipino-born Yuzna. “When David Sehring, former cable network AMC and Monsters HD, approached me to get involved with plans for a Filipino film reboot. Blood Island creature features, I suggest that we get a comic book produced as a prelude. Artist Stephen Sistilli’s work screams ‘Action!’… and I’m hooked. I hope horror fans and Tiki fans will too. From bodily horrors to immortal beasts, Fairy Tale of Blood Island Pulau will take you on a journey to many strange things in heaven!”
Based in the Philippines, Hemisphere Pictures produces the famous Blood Island films for the US drive-in market from 1959 to 1970. This comic book combines key characters from the original films and adds more jungle thrills, quirky science fiction, and whimsical fantasy. Also expecting excessive monsters and gore — Blood Island the main material of the film.
“I grew up being a monster, drive-in, and Tiki kid in Columbus, Ohio during the 1960s and 70s,” says Sehring. “I was weaned on the creature feature at my local drive-in and on late night TV where I first discovered Blood Island films and their exploitation formula of the three B’s: blood, breast and beast. Those films impressed me as a wide-eyed kid who hadn’t seen much of the nudity, sex and gore in Columbus movies.”
“I also enjoy the exotic flavors of Ohio with food, drink and fun at the iconic medieval Tiki dinner club, The Kahiki,” he continued. “Clear, Blood Island the film had a huge impact on me and, of course, inspired this quirky comic book and Tiki mug tie-in campaign. I am fortunate to have put together a great team of artist, writer, former co-worker, producer Sam Sherman [who worked on the marketing of the Blood Island movies back in the day] and Yuzna. If you like horror and exotic flavours, promise me if you can for some cool Tiki swag and help resurrect the vicious green Filipino zombie, the Blood Beast!”
Fango exclusives include Sistilli’s #2 edition variant cover and concept/preproduction art by Ron Randal. According to Sehring, the comic book is a “film series in the making” with storyboarding style from Sistilli and coloring and writing from Dexter Weeks. The duo previously worked on another Tiki-themed book, Arcana Comics. Koni Wave. First edition of Fairy Tale of Blood Island Pulau will be 36 full color pages, with three more editions expected to fill the series. Readers can enjoy their drink of choice with Tiki-style mugs derived from characters and creatures found in the original film and new comics. The Beast of Blood, a green-blooded zombie that never dies, is the first Tiki Monster in the mug line. It was sculpted by Tiki fantasy artist Tom “Thor” Thordarson, a veteran of Walt Disney Imagineering, Universal Studios, Tiki Farm and other theme park and design companies. The mug will be produced in collaboration with Bauer Pottery. Additional color glazes and a “blood splatter” edition will be available to Kickstarter subscribers from Blood Island campaign if it achieves its funding objectives.
hemisphere Blood Island the film was directed in the Philippines by Gerardo de Leon and Eddie Romero in the 1960s and 1970s. The comic takes place during the Vietnam War era, somewhere in the South Sea, on a mysterious primitive island full of monsters and mutants. There, a lucky warrior and former war mate team up on a secret mission to find and exterminate the murderous war criminal, Dr. Akira Lorca. Mad scientist experimenting with evolution and serum of jungle plants derived from man-eating trees to create monstrous beasts, head hunting, body swapping that terrorize islanders by feasting and stealing their flesh and blood. If any of this has piqued your appetite, be sure to visit this link for a Kickstarter campaign.