GenreHorror Duration CountryCanada / United States
WriterCharles Adair, Dan OBannon, Ronald Shusett Release date14 September 1997 Sweden (Fantastisk Film Festival Lund) (premiere) ScreenplayDan OBannon, Ronald Shusett, Charles Adair CastRutger Hauer (Dr. Marlowe), Roy Dupuis (John Strauss), Kristin Lehman (Kathleen Strauss), Gillian Ferrabee (Eva Van Daam / Her Twin Brother / John's Twin Sister), Pascal Gruselle (Vermeer), Jackie Burroughs (Lexie) Similar moviesTaken 3, Humongous, Bloody Moon, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, John Wick, Thir13en Ghosts
TaglineIt's in the blood
Bleeders 1997 trailer
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.
John (Roy Dupuis) and Kathleen (Kristin Lehman) Strauss are a couple attempting to uncover the secret to John's rare blood disease. They encounter Dr. Marlowe (Rutger Hauer), 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 an 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. HorrorNews.net 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". 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".