Compared are the US DVD by Madacy Records (released as Killer Creatures Double Feature with Nightmare Castle) and the UK Blu-ray by Arrow.
In the art scene of Los Angeles, the paintings of Antonio Sordi who has specialised in illustrating dead women are very popular. But Antonio has a big secret: He is actually a vampire who chases good-loking women. Then he kills them and turns them into a sculpture. He is driven by visions of witch Melizza who was respnsable for one of his ancestors burning at the stake. Donna, an acquaintance of Antonio's, finds clues about him being a vampire and tries to stop him but Antonio is busy making a new painting out of his mistress Dorean.
Besides the interesting story behind the different versions which will be explained more detailed later, "Blood Bath" is a quite entertaining drive-in flick with the focus n shocks, suspsense and nudity. It is still obvious though that it is a mixture of the original Yugoslavian "Operation Titian" producced by Roger Corman, footage about a ripper and artist shot by Jack Hill and further footage by Stephanie Rothman who added any single vampire scene. Lead actor William Campbell, who is in both "Operation Titian" and the Jack Hill cut, was not available for Rothman's reshoot. This is being explained as follows: As a vampire, he turned into one of his ancestors and using another actor was not a problem anymore. There are several new subplots as well, such as the Beatniks hanging out in a bar, Sandra Knight who figures out Antonio's secret, Lori Sanders as Beach Bunny with an amazing cleavage who would love to get intimate with Antonio while he is battling his inner demons. Due to its short run of approx. 1 hour, this wild mixture is quite entertaining nonetheless.
When the film was sold to television, its length was an issue so new scenes were shot: A girl is being chased to the ocean by a vampire until he finally manages to subdue her. A very long scene with Lori Sanders dancing on the beach has been added as well. Interestingly enough, a rather large scene from "Operation Titian" has been added as well. Anna Pavane as Linda, the stripper, is back in the movie. Because of a redub, she now has a husband who does not like that she wants Antonio to make a painting based on her. For that reason, the husband intends to kill Antonio. However, Antonio manages to defeat him. In the original version, the husband is an Italian gangster being extortioned by Linda. He also wants a valuable painting Antonio possesses. Some of the footage is missing in the TV version. For instance, a close-up of a cleavage is missing at the beginning of the movie. Shots of Max's vampire painting on the wall are also missing and so is a shot of Daisy's body.
It all started in 1963 when Roger Corman co-produced the Yugoslavian movie "Operation Titian" and considered it not marketable in the US. This decision is quite understable because the lame crime plot about a missing painting lacks suspense even though some scenes of the town Dubrovnik look really nice. For a television deal, Roger Corman ordered a new cut called "Portrait in Terror". For that, several plot elements were removed and two new scenes were added.
In 1964, Jack hill was hired by Roger Corman to shoot new footage. And that is the origin of the story of a crazy artist who murders women and turns them into sculptures. But Corman did not really like this version either which is why it did nit get released. In 1966, Stephanie Rothman as hired to make another version based on the footage by Hill and "Blood Bath" (originally also the title for Hill's cut) was born. The basic story remains unchanged but vampires have been added here. This version was almost 70 minutes long and was shows part of a double feature with "Queen of Blood". However, "Blood Bath" was too short for its time slot. The Result: Another version. For "Track of te Vampire", new scenes were shot. A girl is being chased by a vampire until he finally gets his hands on her in the ocean. A very long scene with Lori Sanders dancing on the beach has also been added.
The Arrow Blu-ray set contains 4 versions of the film:
- "Operation Titian", the original version
- "Portrait in Terror", the TV version of "Operation Titian"
- "Blood Bath", the version edited by Stephanie Rothman from Jack Hills Films which contains scenes from "Operation Titian"
- "Track of the Vampire", the TV Version of "Blood Bath"
US DVD: 74:06 min
Track of the Vampire: 79:22 min
American International Logo at the drive-in. Subsequently, Tony opens the curtain and Melizza pops up on the big screen.
DVD: 9 sec
The Blu-ray contains a black screen after Max turns his head.
BD: 1 sec
Jump-cut: The vampire longer plus the girl earlier.
BD: 2 sec
The fight under water is much longer. The guy at the beach gets to the water, can't see anything and leaves.
BD: 2:16 min
The two girls longer plus the wave earlier.
BD: 2 sec
The Blu-ray cuts to Toni, then the girl with the mask earlier.
The DVD contains the scenes with the betrayed husband whose wife wants to get painted by Toni. The Blu-ray also contains those scenes but later.
BD: 5 sec
DVD: 5:35 min
Max a bit longer.
BD: 1 sec
Donna explains to Max the similarities between the stoy and current events.
BD: 58 sec
Donna adds they better keep an eye on Sordie.
BD: 3 sec
Toni meets with Linda, the stripper, before one of her shows. He wants her to pose for him but she can't say when. Her husband watches them. Then Linda's show.
Subsequently, a shot of a lively square.
BD: 1:53 min
Now the scene with Toni, Linda and her husband on Blu-ray
Missing shot of Linda's husband in front of a building.
BD: 7 sec
The husband adds that Toni is going to pay a high price for the fun he had with his wife.
BD: 3 sec
The shot of Max following the vampire is longer.
BD: 12 sec