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Night of the Bloody Apes Reviews

Mexican horror director Rene Cardona cowrote this gross, unbelievably inept offering with his son, Rene Cardona, Jr., who would go on to make THE NIGHT OF THE THOUSAND CATS (1972). A kindly doctor, Moreno, transplants the heart of a gorilla into the chest of his dying son, Silvestre. Holding true to the unwritten horror film principles of anatomy, the boy awakens and turns into a body-builder with the face of a gorilla, terrorizing the city, raping big-breasted women, and ripping apart every living being in sight. With its dizzying combination of hard-core gore (eye, ear, nose, and throat gougings in bloody close-up), gratuitous nudity, rampaging monster, actual footage of open-heart surgery, and masked Mexican wrestlers, this is a tough one to ignore. For a nice father-and-son double bill, watch this and THE NIGHT OF THE THOUSAND CATS back-to-back, if you can stand it.