Cast and Crew: John Gilling (Director, Co-Writer); Jimmy Sangster (Story); Michael Carreras (Executive Producer); Peter Arne, Michael Ripper, Oliver Reed, Glenn Corbett, Desmond Llewelyn
What It’s About: Jonathon Standing (Kerwin Mathews) is the son of Jason Standing (Andrew Keir), the leader of a colony of Huguenot refugees in the Caribbean. He’s in love with Maggie Mason (Marie Devereux), the wife of Godfrey Mason (Jack Stewart), an abusive town elder. When the village elders break in on the couple, Maggie runs into the river-which is full of piranhas! The elders sentence Standing to a life of hard labor. When he escapes from the brutal prison, he blunders into a band of pirates led by Captain LaRoche (Christopher Lee) in the swamps. The pirates tend his wound and, in exchange, he agrees to lead them to town so they can hide out. The pirates reveal upon arrival that they believe there is treasure hidden in the settlement, and soon a Pirate vs. Huguenot war is on (a phrase you don’t get to type every day). Can Jonathon learn the truth about his village’s wealth and find a way to defeat the pirates before they rape and pillage their way through town?
Why Watch it Today?: Today is Talk Like a Pirate Day and The Pirates of Blood River is a strange little “pirate” movie from Hammer Studios, which manages the feat of delivering an action-packed pirate yarn without any expensive ship battle scenes!
Here’s Aussie Exploitation director Brian Trenchard Smith talking about the movie over the trailer:
The full movie: