A father's desperation to save his son from a terminal blood disease forces him to take drastic measures. The father, a head surgeon transplants his son's ailing heart with that of a gorilla. The operation at first seems a success but the road to recovery is littered with mutilation, murder and rape as the son transforms into a half-man half beast... Night of the Bloody Apes is essentially an old-fashioned Universal Horror film, a mix of mad science and monster mayhem updated with gore and nudity for the Blood Feast generation. That said, the film is uniquely Mexican with the inclusion of a superfluous subplot involving a masked Mexican female wrestler and her battles in the ring. Sadly, Cardona fumbles this element of film, and the expected finale, a gorilla vs wrestler smack down never materialises.
René Cardona, a giant in the annals of Mexican Exploitation Cinema brings an assured professionalism to the film despite the silliness of the story. The nudity is rather chaste compared to American B-movies of this era but the gore is plentiful and gleefully executed - throats are ripped, eyeballs gouged, one man is scalped while another is decapitated. The effects don't stand up to much scrutiny but Cardona imports some real-life eye-watering surgery footage during the transplant sequence guaranteed to sober up any gorehound. This footage is relatively brief but considering the amount of abrupt edits heard on the soundtrack during this sequence, the surgery footage might have been originally more expansive but underwent some last minute fine-tuning. Interestingly the sequence where the beast attacks a woman in her apartment features some explicit shots of the violated woman's bloodstained body which look like they might have been filmed some time after the original production wrapped, the inserts given away by the change in lighting and the fact that the beast's face is obscured.
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Something Weird’s 2002 DVD of Night of the Bloody Apes is a real treat, the fullframe transfer looks gorgeous with strong colors, excellent detail and minimal print damage. Audio is equally robust with the film's score sound particularly punchy. Extras on the disc include some outtakes from the film, mostly botched effects and there’s the usual promo material like trailers and TV spots. This being a Something Weird disc, the DVD is kitted out with a number of odd short subjects relating to gorillas and wrestling. Also included on the disc is a second feature film, a tedious 1967 Argentine b/w horror called Feast of Flesh, directed by Emilio Vieyra of The Curious Case of Dr. Humpp fame.