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Night of the Blood Beast (1958)

 |  Sci-Fi, Horror  |  August 1958 (USA)
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An astronaut returns from space dead. The base that recovered him is then cut off from the outside world by an alien. The revival of the dead astronaut, the death of a scientist, and the discovery of alien embryos inside the resurrected astronaut's body bodes ill for the survival of those trapped at the base and the rest of humanity. Written by Erik Gregersen <erik@astro.as.utexas.edu>

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No girl was safe as long as this head-hunting thing roamed the land!

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August 1958 (USA)  »

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The Creature from Galaxy 27  »

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$68,000 (estimated)
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1.37 : 1
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The astronaut has no heartbeat and no respiration, but does have blood pressure. While this is shown as a scientific implausibility, it's not explained how the doctors can detect the astronaut's blood pressure without a heartbeat. Blood pressure readings using a sphigmomanometer (blood pressure cuff) rely on the heartbeat to determine both the systolic (which is the pressure of a compressing heart) and diastolic (which is the pressure of a relaxed heart). In other words, no matter what technobabble you want to offer, there's no way to determine blood pressure without a heartbeat. See more »

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Dr. Alex Wyman: A wounded animal that large isn't good!
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Even Baby Boomers Must Be Amazed
29 September 2002 | by (San Diego, California) – See all my reviews

Typical of the "Z" sci-fi films of the fifties, the viewing of Night of the Blood Beast takes significant time-warp calibration in order to appreciate it. Even Baby Boomers must be amazed at how much progress the world has seen in four decades. Night of the Blood Beast sure served its purpose at the time, but by today's standards is a clunky relic. One major redeemable factor, though, is the unrelenting grimness of the movie. Kowalski brought the same dark tone to Attack of the Giant Leeches, a less talky and cohesive film. One curious observation is the extensive footage of the shirtless and hairy-chested astronaut. Hollywood almost always insisted on bare-chested men being shaved -- weird as it may seem. There are other envelope-pushing facets in Blood Beast (and Giant Leeches) if you look close enough. Kowalski probably knew what he was doing.


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