4.1/10
1,179
64 user 18 critic

Beast from Haunted Cave (1959)

Approved | | Crime, Horror, Thriller | 30 October 1959 (USA)
A group of gold thieves pull of a heist and flee into the snowy wilderness, only to be pursued by a horrible, spider-like monster.

Director:

Writers:

(original story), (screenplay)
Reviews

Watch Now

From $2.00 (SD) on Amazon Video

ON DISC
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.4/10 X  

A crook decides to bump off members of his inept crew and blame their deaths on a legendary sea creature. What he doesn't know is that the creature is real.

Director: Roger Corman
Stars: Antony Carbone, Betsy Jones-Moreland, Robert Towne
Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.8/10 X  

A military experiment to create a race of super-warriors go awry, and legions of murderous zombies are unleased upon a surburan neighborhood.

Director: David Irving
Stars: Brian Robbins, Bill Calvert, Tricia Leigh Fisher
Fantasy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

The first U.S. spaceship to Venus crash-lands off the coast of Sicily on its return trip. A dangerous, lizard-like creature comes with it and quickly grows gigantic.

Director: Nathan Juran
Stars: William Hopper, Joan Taylor, Thomas Browne Henry
Comedy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.9/10 X  

Fed up of his wife's bad cooking, Donald kills her and turns to cannibalism to satisfy his appetite.

Director: Wayne Berwick
Stars: Jackie Vernon, Loren Schein, Al Troupe
Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Stolen diamonds spark a deadly drama involving a group of strangers in the Philippine jungle.

Director: Monte Hellman
Stars: Dewey Martin, Fay Spain, Jack Nicholson
Drama | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

An artist slowly goes insane while struggling to pay his bills, work on his paintings, and care for his two female roommates, which leads him taking to the streets of New York after dark and randomly killing derelicts with a power drill.

Director: Abel Ferrara
Stars: Abel Ferrara, Carolyn Marz, Baybi Day
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A giant, radioactive octopus rises from the Philippine Trench to terrorize the North American Pacific Coast.

Director: Robert Gordon
Stars: Kenneth Tobey, Faith Domergue, Donald Curtis
Cordillera (1964)
Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

DESTROY THIS MAN and a fortune in diamonds is yours.

Directors: Monte Hellman, Eddie Romero
Stars: Joseph Estrada, Dewey Martin, Fay Spain
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A quartet of murderous psychopaths break out of a mental hospital during a power blackout and lay siege to their doctor's house.

Director: Jack Sholder
Stars: Jack Palance, Donald Pleasence, Martin Landau
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

A ski-masked maniac kills apartment complex tenants with the contents of a toolbox.

Director: Dennis Donnelly
Stars: Cameron Mitchell, Pamelyn Ferdin, Wesley Eure
The Maze (1953)
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A Scotsman abruptly breaks off his engagement to pretty Kitty and moves to his uncle's castle in the Scottish highlands. Kitty and her aunt follow Gerald a few weeks later, and discover he ... See full summary »

Director: William Cameron Menzies
Stars: Richard Carlson, Veronica Hurst, Katherine Emery
Dracula's Dog (1977)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  

Russian soldiers accidentally unleash the servant of Dracula, as well as his dog, during excavations of Romania. Together, they set out for America, to find the last descendant of the great... See full summary »

Director: Albert Band
Stars: José Ferrer, Michael Pataki, Jan Shutan
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
Gil Jackson
Sheila Noonan ...
Gypsy Boulet (as Sheila Carol)
...
Alexander Ward
Wally Campo ...
Byron Smith
Richard Sinatra ...
Marty Jones
Linné Ahlstrand ...
Natalie, the bar-girl
...
The Beast / A Bartender (as Christopher Robinson)
Kay Jennings ...
Jill Jackson
Edit

Storyline

Gangster Alexander Ward, his girl friend, Gypsy Boulet, and two henchmen come to Deadwood, South Dakota with the idea of stealing a few gold bars. They enlist the aid of a local ski instructor, Gil Jackson, and plan to use him as a guide out of the territory after the robbery. However, a blizzard forces them to take refuge in Jackson's cabin, where Gypsy lowers the inside temperature by giving the cold shoulder to Ward, her former sweetie until she saw Jackson. Ward don't care, as he plans to kill Jackson after they have no further use of him. But they had used an explosion in a cave to serve as a distraction during the heist, and this explosion had irritated the big spider that lived there and, sure enough, all hands have to seek refuge in the cave from the fury of the storm. All but two of them would have been better off facing the South Dakota elements. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Horror Beyond Words! See more »

Genres:

Crime | Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

30 October 1959 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Creature from the Cave  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(theatrical) | (DVD edition) | (TV)

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Immediately following production of this film, Ski Troop Attack (1960) was filmed on the same location in the South Dakota Black Hills. Both films featured much of the same cast and crew. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Bikini Drive-In (1995) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Great example of low-budget horror
2 November 2001 | by (nashville, tn) – See all my reviews

One of the rarest experiences for a B-movie fanatic is to find a film you haven't seen in 30-plus years is much better than your childhood memory of it. While "Beast From Haunted Cave" was obviously made on a shoestring -- it's a Gene "Brother Of Roger" Corman production, so what do you expect? -- first-time director Monte Hellman (The Shooting, Two Lane Blacktop) had a better-than-average script and capable actors, not to mention a director of photography who made effective use of the stark winter landscape near Deadwood, South Dakota.

The film starts out slow as a gang plans and executes a robbery, but then it veers off into darker territory as they and their guide are trailed to the hideout by a surprisingly well-realized and startlingly nasty monster.

This is by no means a perfect film: There are occasional stumbles in motivation, dialogue and the timing of events, yet for me these inconsistencies actually contributed to an atmosphere of dreamlike disorientation as the story plays out against the bleached-bone white of the snow and the soot-black shadows of winter pines. The plight of the Beast's victims -- cocooned alive, and fully aware as it feeds on them -- yields a heaping helping of shudders.

The DVD transfer (I'm talking about the most recent release, not the one paired with "The Brain That Wouldn't Die") was made from an excellent print; the soundtrack is quite clear. You may recognize the score as the same used for "Attack Of The Giant Leeches" and -- I think -- "Night Of The Blood Beast": These guys knew how to recycle!

Even with its defects, this is a distinctly weird and surprisingly gruesome chiller, a fine example of how much can be accomplished even with limited resources.


17 of 21 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?