Bleeders (1997) from Tuna

Bleeders (1997) is a Canadian horror suggested to me mostly because it has three actresses showing their Canadian breasts.  

I was warned that it was dark. That, a terrible IMDB score, and terrible comments had me expecting to hate it. I didn't. 


Kristin Lehman showed breasts in a sex scene with co-star Roy Dupuis, Janine Theriault is seen dead and hanging upside down with one breast exposed, and Gillian Ferrabee shows breasts in a sex scene before the opening credits. 

DVD info from Amazon.

  • full screen

  • dark and grainy

  • no features

 A man with a rare blood disease and his wife come to Vancouver Island hoping to find relatives who might be able to help explain his genetic blood disorder before it kills him. While the film pace is leisurely, and the startle scares could have been better directed, this is the only horror film I can think of that had a remotely plausible explanation for the monsters, who were mutants caused by centuries of in-breeding.

The outdoor photography was wonderful, but the indoor scenes were dark and grainy. Rutger Hauer plays a doctor on the island. Dan O'Bannon (Alien, Total Recall) wrote the story. Better direction would have helped, but I found it watchable anyway. 

The Critics Vote

The People Vote ...

  • With their votes ... IMDB summary: IMDb voters score it 4.1 
IMDb guideline: 7.5 usually indicates a level of excellence, about like three and a half stars from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm watchability, about like two and a half stars from the critics. The fives are generally not worthwhile unless they are really your kind of material, about like two stars from the critics. Films under five are generally awful even if you like that kind of film, equivalent to about one and a half stars from the critics or less, depending on just how far below five the rating is.

My own guideline: A means the movie is so good it will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not good enough to win you over if you hate the genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an open mind about this type of film. C means it will only appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover appeal. D means you'll hate it even if you like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if you love the genre. F means that the film is not only unappealing across-the-board, but technically inept as well.

Based on this description, this film is a C. (??) As horror, it is probably D as genre fans don't care for it, but it does have some crossover appeal, so I give it a C.

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