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Directed by Peter Svatek
Produced by Julie Allan
Pieter Kroonenburg
Written by Charles Adair
Dan O'Bannon
Ronald Shusett
Starring Gillian Ferrabee
Pascal Gruselle
Music by Alan Reeves
Cinematography Barry Gravelle
Editing by Heidi Haines
Studio Fries/Schultz Film Group
Distributed by Fries Film Group
Release date(s) 14 September 1997 Sweden(Fantastisk Film Festival Lund) (premiere)
Running time 89 min.
Country Canada Canada /  United States
Language English

Bleeders (also known as Hemoglobin) is a horror movie released in 1997, based on H. P. Lovecraft's story "The Lurking Fear".


John (Roy Dupuis) and Kathleen (Kristin Lehman) Strauss are a couple attempting to uncover the secret to John's rare blood disease. Along the way, they encounter Dr. Marlowe (Rutger Hauer), who is intrigued by the case. Little do they know that the island which they are about to set foot upon is home to the Van Dam family, mutant-like creatures who have become deformed and bloodthirsty from centuries of inbreeding. Their mutation began with their relative Eva Van Dam, who had an incestuous relationship with her twin brother. Also, they are fully functioning hermaphrodites, capable of reproducing with themselves. Conveniently, they need to survive on (dead or alive) human flesh.

John eventually discovers that he is in fact a Van Dam, who was born normal looking, and was therefore allowed into normal society. His rare blood disease stems from the fact that he needs human flesh and sex with his siblings in order to function properly.

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