Bleeders (film)

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Directed by Peter Svatek
Produced by Julie Allan
Pieter Kroonenburg
Written by Charles Adair
Dan O'Bannon
Ronald Shusett
Starring Roy Dupuis
Kristin Lehman
Rutger Hauer
Music by Alan Reeves
Cinematography Barry Gravelle
Edited by Heidi Haines
Fries/Schultz Film Group
Distributed by Fries Film Group
Release dates
14 September 1997 Sweden (Fantastisk Film Festival Lund) (premiere)
Running time
89 min.
Country Canada Canada /  United States
Language English

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]


John (Roy Dupuis) and Kathleen (Kristin Lehman) Strauss are a couple attempting to uncover the secret to John's rare blood disease. Along the way, they encounter Dr. Marlowe (Rutger Hauer), who is intrigued by the case. Little do they know 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 incestuous 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 eventually discovers that he is in fact a Van Dam, who was born normal looking, and was therefore allowed into normal society. His rare blood disease stems from the fact that he needs human flesh and sex with his siblings in order to function properly.


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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