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| Blood Harvest (1987)
(aka The Marvelous Mervo/Nightmare)
Cinemarque Entertainment, UK/USA
Note: Mark Armstrong, who was one of the executive producers on Hellraiser, was also the
post-production supervisor on this low budget independent horror film, shot in Wisconsin and
starring 1960s ukulele-playing singer Tiny Tim. I was called in to his office in Soho to work
up some publicity and promotional concepts to help sell the film, which I hadn't seen. I did
the work, but I have no idea if any of it was ever used.
Tiny Tim stars in his first dramatic film role in this taut drama. A Beautiful young girl, Jill Robinson, returns
to her peaceful rural hometown to find that her life has been turned upside down. The house she grew up in has
been defaced, her parents are missing, and the whole town hates her father, the bank supervisor who had
foreclosed on many of the local farms. Only "Marvelous Mervo" seems happy to see her. He wanders around the
community dressed in a clown's suit with a clown's permanent grin grotesquely painted on his face. Mervo's
brother tries to re-kindle his love affair with Jill. Then, one by one, those closest to her are
slaughtered like cattle . . . tied upside down from the rafters of the barn . . . until the surprise
ending reveals the madman . . . and a very unlikely saviour.
• BLOOD HARVEST (aka THE MARVELOUS MERVO/NIGHTMARE) (USA, 1987)
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