Bloodsuckers From Outer Space is a parody of horror and sci-fi movies from the 1960s and 70s. The film premiered at Joe Bob Briggs’ 3rd Annual Drive-In Movie Festival and Custom Car Rally. It went on to a highly successful release by Karl Lorimar Home Video and Warner Home Video. The wide release of rental copies offered Bloodsuckers high visibility as it was available in most video stores across the country. Through its international release, the film has gained a cult following in Canada, France, Italy, and Japan.
Written and directed by Glen Coburn, Bloodsuckers featured a cast of Texas locals. Some of the non-professional actors’ performances and line delivery added a humorous element but also led to its reputation as a bad movie. Noted Film, television and Broadway actor, Dennis Letts made his debut in the film. Comic satirist, Pat Paulsen appeared as the President of the United States, a character that had previously made him famous. He went on to run for president in every election from 1968 until his death in 1997.
Media Blasters’ Shriek Show label made it available on DVD in 2008. Vinegar Syndrome restored the film from the original negative with a 2K scan. They released it on Blu-Ray on May 29, 2018. Bloodsuckers is a popular midnight movie and has been the centerpiece for countless “Bloodsucker parties” over the decades since its release.
Glen Coburn came up with the title “Bloodsuckers From Outer Space” in 1983, before he had any story ideas. It was ambiguous in that it could be a satire or a real horror/sci-fi movie. On a dare, he wrote the script in three days. The film was shot on weekends in the winter and spring of 1984. The bleak, wide-open prairie scenes were filmed on location in Central Texas in Hamilton. The Bloodsucker Town scenes were shot in the ghost town of Enloe, Texas.