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The Pirates of Blood River

Released 1962
Distributor Columbia

There aren’t a lot of movies about Huguenots, but this landlocked pirate epic is one of them. Christopher Lee steals the show as a ruthless pirate captain invading an island settlement looking for treasure. Made as part of Hammer’s coproduction deal with Columbia, American contract players Kerwin Mathews and Glenn Corbett seem a bit out of place, although Mathews and Lee provide some formidable swordsmanship. British censor problems led to a lot of back-and-forth to secure a less restrictive rating.

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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.