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|Night of the Blood Beast|
Actors: John Baer, Angela Greene, Ed Nelson, Georgianna Carter, Michael Emmet
Director: Bernard L. Kowalski
Genres: Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Very good, despite the lame monster....
Tuco | Phoenix, Az USA | 04/12/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Not bad at all!! This flick is everything I look for in a 50's sci-fi except for the homemade looking monster. Other than this paper-mache looking parrot from outer space, the direction, camera work, acting, and story were all first rate.
Also the earliest sci-fi I have seen that includes the concept of aliens using humans as a host for incubating their younglings(did Ridley Scott's Alien kipe the idea here?).
For the price you it can't be beat. Make sure you get the Alpha version with the red cover. The transfer and sound are far superior to the other release of this film."
Very Little Blood Here...
Bindy Sue FrÝnkŁnschtein | under the rubble | 08/25/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Roger Corman does it again! Night Of The Blood Beast is a gooey cheese classic! An astronaut returns to earth, only to crash and burn. Scientists find him dead, yet still warm and without rigor mortis. They take him back to a research station, where a strange beast appears and kills one of them. The dead astronaut "wakes up" and starts acting weird. He is somehow linked to the monster and tells everyone that it means no harm (even though it's already murdered one of 'em). The astronaut decides he needs an x-ray and everyone sees that his body is plum full of alien embryos! The good news is that we do get to see the blood beast itself quite a bit. The bad news is that it looks pretty stupid. The beast tries to tell everyone that it is only here to help us by killing us all and melding our minds with it's own. So, the scientists burn it up in a cave. Will more blood beasts attack in the future? We are left to ponder this deep question. Still, as B movies go, this is at the top of the heap! The musical score is the same as in "Attack Of The Giant Leeches" and "Beast From Haunted Cave". Corman was a good recycler! Best when viewed after 2 am..."
Night of the Blood Beast a Good AIP 50's romp!
Michael W. Miller | Franklin, VA | 11/03/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is a fun AIP 50's Sci-Fi film! Perhaps a little more low budget than some AIP pictures as the spaceship is poorly animated and the title creature is the reused spaceman suit from Teenage Caveman. However, the plot is interesting and there are some well done suspense scenes.Plot concerns a scientist who crashes on his way back from a space flight. When he is found, he appears dead but no rigor mortis has set in. What everyone does not know is that he was not alone on the ship. He revives just after the stowaway rips the head off one of the good-guy scientists. Once revived, he finds that he is carrying the offspring of the alien stowaway.Film is quick-paced (around 60 minutes) and entertaining. Not a classic, but well worth watching. This DVD from Retromedia is much better than the others I own (Bride and the Beast, Mad Monster, Teenage Zombies), but is still a far cry from ones put out by Image Entertainment. There are some scratches and occasional (albeit rare) sound splices. No extras on this DVD. Nice title to have and I doubt other companies will release so I recommend it."
The Moral? Never Eat Sea Monkeys.
Robert I. Hedges | 05/20/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This sublime little gem from the one and only Roger Corman is a fun and cheesy way to spend 62 minutes of your life. After being launched into space via the magic of some of the lamest animation you will ever see, pilot John Corcoran loses control of his spacecraft and plummets to earth. For crashing at such high speed the spaceship is in remarkably good shape. NASA dispatches their one Jeep to the crash site and arrives within minutes. (Note: it is inadvisable to smoke cigarettes at an aircraft accident site.) John has one cut, but is dead, (evidently) although there is a lot of medical doubletalk about his skin color, so they whisk him to the base in the official NASA flatbed truck for examination. Once back at the base John comes back to life with no warning. They draw a blood sample and see a hysterical piece of animation of one cell, oh sorry, 'alien amorphic cell structure', gobbling up another in the microscope. They decide they best put John in front of a fluoroscope to look inside him, and, (oh the humanity!) he is revealed to be teeming with what appear to be Sea Monkey embryos. John rapidly realizes that the thing that has been terrorizing the base since the crash is a Blood Beast from a different planet, and he is carrying its spawn. Surprisingly, he ends up leading the pro-monster lobby, and decides to reason with the Blood Beast. We actually get to see the felonious (murder and kidnapping) Blood Beast quite a bit (and his amusing shadow a couple of times, too.) It is normally good to get a lot of screen time for the monster in one of these movies, but here, I am not so sure it was that great of an idea, especially in daylight: the Blood Beast looks like a cross between something from 'Sigmund and the Sea Monsters' and a giant puffin with beak, claws, zipper, and very bad complexion. In short, the Blood Beast is a little less than horrifying. Ultimately the movie evokes a bit of 'It Conquered the World' or 'Zontar, the Thing From Venus' in the dramatic ending. Throughout the movie there is dreadful acting (especially the women, for some reason), and great gothic music, which has been recycled from earlier Corman films. This movie was given the MST3K treatment to good effect, and I wish that version was available on DVD as well. Even without the MST3K treatment, this movie is fun to watch and makes you wish that they still made monster movies like this one. Thanks, Roger!"