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The Camp on Blood Island

Released 1958
Distributor Columbia Pictures

When Hammer Studios plumbed the real world for material the results could be very grim indeed – The Camp on Blood Island is no exception. Val Guest’s 1958 shocker is a grisly war drama with a real Catch 22  – the war is over yet a band of POWs has to conceal that fact or die. André Morell plays the embattled British commander and the gritty black and white photography was by Jack Asher.

About Brian Trenchard-Smith

Brian Trenchard-Smith has been burning to make genre films ever since seeing Hitchcock’s Vertigo at age 13. So far he has directed 42 Crimes Against Cinema, and counting (He’s an enthusiastic recidivist.) The Fantaspoa International Fantastic Film Festival recently gave him a career achievement award. His cult hits include The Man from Hong Kong, Turkey Shoot, BMX Bandits, Stunt Rock, Dead End Drive In, The Siege of Firebase Gloria. He has also made over 100 trailers ranging from Hammer horrors to Australian films of the 70′s and 80′s. His latest film is Drive Hard, a quirky action comedy with John Cusack and Thomas Jane. He hopes to shoot a Sci-Fi action picture in Tianjing, China later this year. Brian shares a passion for history with his wife Byzantine historian Dr. Margaret Trenchard-Smith. His first novel The Headsman's Daughter is available this summer on Amazon and Kindle.