Bleeders (film)

Bleeders (also known as Hemoglobin) is a 1997 Canadian horror film directed by Peter Svatek, based upon H. P. Lovecraft's story The Lurking Fear. It premiered at the Fantastisk Film Festival Lund in Sweden on September 14, 1997, and was released direct to video the following year.[1] It is the last original script written by Dan O'Bannon produced during his lifetime.

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Directed byPeter Svatek
Produced byJulie Allan
Pieter Kroonenburg
Written byCharles Adair
Dan O'Bannon
Ronald Shusett
StarringRoy Dupuis
Kristin Lehman
Rutger Hauer
Music byAlan Reeves
CinematographyBarry Gravelle
Edited byHeidi Haines
Distributed byFries Film Group
Release date
14 September 1997 Sweden (Fantastisk Film Festival Lund) (premiere)
Running time
89 minutes


John and Kathleen Strauss are a couple attempting to uncover the secret to John's rare blood disease. They encounter Dr. Marlowe, who is intrigued by the case. They are unaware that the island which they are about to set foot upon is home to the Van Dam family, mutant-like creatures who have become deformed and bloodthirsty from centuries of inbreeding. Their mutation began with their relative Eva Van Dam, who had a twincest relationship with her twin brother. Also, they are fully functioning hermaphrodites, capable of reproducing with themselves. They need to survive on (dead or alive) human flesh.

John discovers that he is a Van Dam, born normal looking and taking part in normal society, but his rare blood disease can only be suppressed with human flesh and sex with his siblings.



Critical reception was predominantly negative.[2] panned the film overall, criticizing it for its "abundance of clichés" and commenting that they'd "be damned if there was anything in this picture worth seeing again".[3] Moria gave the film two stars and stated that "one can see that a number of sequences have been designed on paper in a way that could have had some shock impact had they been directed by someone with half an ounce of talent".[4]


  1. "WARM, FUZZY FILMS THESE AIN'T". Contra Costa Times. October 16, 1998. Retrieved 10 November 2013.
  2. "Bleeders (reviews)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 10 November 2013.
  3. "Film Review: Bleeders (1997)". Retrieved 10 November 2013.
  4. "HEMOGLOBIN aka BLEEDERS (review)". Moria. Retrieved 10 November 2013.

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