Just the Features: Tales From the Crypt Presents: Bordello of Blood
Writer A.L. Katz, Editor Stephen Lovejoy, Effects Creator Todd Masters, and Actors Corey Feldman, Angie Everheart, and Erika Eleniak are all interviewed about the hellish making of the second film in the Tales From the Crypt series. Talk about wanting Robin Givens as the villain (which would have been great) turns to how Dennis Miller was a huge problem on set. He was given $1 million to do the film even though he didn’t want to do it. He bluffed, the producers called it, and he got paid huge. Miller also adlibbed most of his dialogue and would only do his shots for scenes and then go home. The cast had to do their lines to members of the cast. Not only that, but because Miller was adlibbing, their dialogue wouldn’t match up. Erika Eleniak had done a bunch of films that required her to be naked. She told the producers that she would not do any nudity, so they had to change her character from a stripper to a program producer for the reverend in the film. Eleniak wanted to be taken seriously as an actor (on this film?) and would only do her side of her scenes and then go back to her trailer, where she spent most of the film. Again, like with Miller, actors would act with crew members. Angie Everheart was hired because she was dating Sylvester Stallone at the time and that got her in. Everyone on the cast and crew was told to stay away from her because she was Stallone’s girl and she was bitchy. When people did talk to her they found her to be the nicest person on the set.
Enough of giving the scoop, but I was glued to my TV the entire time watching this featurette. Just all the crap the cast and crew had to go through to make the film is bonkers. The film isn’t the best film in the world, but it does have some good things about it. It is a shame that a better film could have been made if it there wasn’t so much bullshit all around. Great documentary. A must watch.
During the 80’s and the 90’s these video promos would be made to entice video store owners to buy whatever film the studio was trying to sell. I loved watching these promos as I was growing up, as I knew a few people in the industry. These promos are hilarious because they would lie through their teeth if they could make a buck. This promo says that Bordello of Blood was a “theatrical hit”. It also gives away the ending. A definite watch for those who want to see a glimpse into what video stores were like.
Still Gallery (5m 34s, SD)
Nothing special here.
Theatrical Trailer (1m 42s, HD)
I will have to say that Universal really tried to sell this film the best they could. It didn’t help that the leading man was someone who a lot of people didn’t like and it didn’t look all that great. But they did try.
Commentary with A.L. Katz and Rob G from Icons of Fright.
This is a great commentary. Almost of the stories are rehashed here, but there is also a lot of talk about the TV series as well. There is never a dull moment. A great listen.
Packaging: The slip sleeve that adorns the case has some newly commissioned art work and it looks really nice (I actually think the two Tales from the Crypt films have really nice art work) Underneath the slip we see the same art work that can be flipped around to reveal the original theatrical poster.
The case is nice and not a dreaded eco case. The disc carries the same art work as the theatrical poster.
The disc is region locked to region A.
Overall: I have given Bordello of Blood a lot of shit over the years. I find the film to be a cheap looking sack of crap. After watching it this time around, I found that the film does have some bright spots. Even though Dennis Miller was a complete douchebag on set, he does come up with the film’s funniest moments. That being said the film is still bad, but we at least have confirmation to all the rumors, so there is that explanation.
The blu-ray put together by Scream Factory is great. The making of featurette is one of the better ones I have seen in a long time. The stories are just great and put the film into a new light. The commentary is the other highlight of the disc. Rob G. and A.L. Katz have a blast talk about the film and the TV series.
Scream Factory has really done a great job giving us a disc for a film a lot of people think doesn’t need one.
Jimmy P is an avid film lover and collector. He has been collecting since the mid-90's and has amassed a collection in the thousands. He collects VHS, Laserdisc, DVD, and Blu-ray. Jimmy P lives with his wife in Parts Unknown.