Bloodsuckers Serial by Bill Black

Later in my life after finishing college and a hitch in the army, I tried my hand at making a Republic type serial as Don Glut had done years earlier. In homage to such titles as ZOMBIES OF THE STRATOSPHERE, I titled my effort BLOODSUCKERS FROM OUTER SPACE. The idea was to combine the cliffhanger action genre with the horror genre. Like Republic I used comic book characters as heroes… only I used MY characters (THE SHADE and SYNN – GIRL FROM LSD played by Bill Greenman and Sydney Foxx). And also like Republic, I had no budget to portray the characters as they were in the comics. In BLOODSUCKERS, The Shade is not a supernatural wraith but rather an athletic guy in a black costume that punches and kicks with the best of them. Synn could kick real high, too, always a plus in an action film. Here are a couple of pics of Bill and Syd in action in scenes that never appear in the film. Mike Ogden plays Creech, the bad guy.

The Shade vs Creech

The Shade vs Creech

 

Synn Vs The Shade

Synn Vs The Shade

 

High Kicking Synn

High Kicking Synn

 

Creech vs The Shade vs Synn

Creech vs The Shade vs Synn

 

BLOODSUCKERS was filmed on 16mm film using three different cameras. The quality varies according to which camera was used. This film stock was very expessive, especially by 1970′s standards. It cost at least $10 a minute and had to be mailed to an out of town processor. It may be weeks before you found out whether or not what you shot actually came out. Here, too, all actors were friends who volunteered and it took nearly the whole decade to complete it. Actually it wasn’t really finished until I had it transferred to digital video, added sound, music and SFX and released it on DVD in 2010 as THE SANGOR SYNDROME (aka BLOODFIEND FROM OUTER SPACE). You can also watch it instantly via download as Bloodfiend from Outer Space and Bikini Bloodbait.

After I started AC Comics in the 1980′s, SYNN and THE SHADE became regulars in the AC Universe. Over the years I wrote several photo articles in FEMFORCE and other titles (the SYNN one-shot especially) about this SYNN movie. I struggled to find a way to release it. I had the 16mm print transferred to VHS tape with lackluster results. In analog form only the crudest of sound tracks could be added and there was no way to do color correction or special effects. One of the main goals in my life was to finish the damn BLOODSUCKERS movie. Now that at last I have, I’ve been able to move on to bigger and better FEMFORCE movie projects. It had all started with very humble beginnings: a 15 year old with a used 8mm camera!