The Real Story Behind The Blood Hunter 1996 Movie
Inspired by Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles, my father, William Shrum, wrote the script for Blood Hunter, the movie, in 1994. He graduated from the Lawrernce Merrick Academy of Drama in southern California. While there he wrote a feature-length script, called "Devil Killers," applauded by Charlton Heston forits originality and cinematic potential. I graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1994, majoring in Psychology and Film Writing. Then I turned to the particulars of producing my first movie. I arranged financing, organized casting, purchased equipment, directed on-location, edited the final 90-minute film and supervised marketing. To achieve the 'movie look,' Blood Hunter was filmed in 16mm then transfered to Beta-SP for home video release.
Chuck Ellis, a well-known actor, played the Sheriff in Blood Hunter. The remainder of the cast consisted of less well-known talent with a wide range of previous acting experience. The weeks of filming were exceptionally eventful for a first-time movie maker, like myself, aged 25. Taking the movie-making steps slowly and carefully, we had a completed and boxed tape ready for distribution by the end of May, 1996. Reviewed as a potential 'cult classic' and packaged in a hot box, Blood Hunter already has proven to be a good renter. Blood Hunter was filmed at various locations in Nebraska. Blood Hunter originally retailed at $39.95, and forthcoming sequels were planned.
- Jack Shrum
BLOOD HUNTER (CABIN PRODUCTIONS, 1996): Banished from Russia centuries ago, a vampire takes up residence in the U.S., where he preys on criminals. An indie production from director/star Jack Shrum.
From Fangoria Oct 1996, #157.
1996 Archive Images
sample screens of original vs. revived
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Vampire-like complexion and red eyes have been revived!
At last, the display for Vampire power is visible!
The faded 16mm footage corrected to fully restored color.
Truck lights no longer shining during the day!
AMAZING CLASSIC REBORN!
Jack Shrum's brilliance truly shines in this fantastic revival of the "Cult Classic". It's a wonderful experience to see the film fully rejuvenated for the modern era!
MUST WATCH CULT CLASSIC!
An absolute must-see cult classic! The restoration of both sound and visuals truly enhances the quality. Furthermore, Viktor is a very complicated and deep character, making this a must-watch for everyone!
CABIN PRODUCTIONS RETURNS!
I love when Jack's eyes turn "Red" - you can really see it in this new version! Finally a lot of the bad edits (like 'em or love 'em) have been corrected.