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The Flesh Eaters
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18 March 1964 (USA) See more »
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Behind this Membrane...You Will Be Driven To a Point...Midway Between Life and Death!
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A group of young adults are trapped on a desert island only to find the water inhabited by a violent form of flesh eating organisms. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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 (From WeAreMovieGeeks.com. 11 August 2011, 7:58 AM, PDT)

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Inventive visual treat with plenty of bite! See more (27 total) »

Cast

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Martin Kosleck ... Prof. Peter Bartell
Byron Sanders ... Grant Murdoch
Barbara Wilkin ... Jan Letterman
Rita Morley ... Laura Winters
Ray Tudor ... Omar
Christopher Drake ... Matt
Darby Nelson ... Jim
Rita Floyd ... Radio Operator
Warren Houston ... Cab Driver (scenes deleted)
Barbara Wilson ... Ann
Ira Lewis ... Freddy Miller
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Jack Curtis ... Radio Deejay (voice) (uncredited)
Arnold Drake ... Pete's Beat Singer (voice) (uncredited)
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Directed by
Jack Curtis 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Arnold Drake 

Produced by
Bernard Cherin .... associate producer
Jack Curtis .... producer
Arnold Drake .... producer
Terry Van Tell .... producer (as Terry Curtis)
 
Original Music by
Julian Stein 
 
Cinematography by
Carson Davidson 
 
Film Editing by
Radley Metzger 
 
Production Management
Lyn Fairhurst .... production manager
 
Sound Department
Martin Garcia .... sound engineer
Radley Metzger .... sound
Laverne Owens .... sound effects
 
Special Effects by
Roy Benson .... special effects
 
Stunts
Lyn Fairhurst .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
John Carroll .... camera operator
Fred Portnow .... assistant camera
 
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Evan J. Aivton .... technical advisor
 

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87 min
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Writer/producer Arnold Drake said he got the inspiration for this story from a incident in the 1950s in which millions of dead fish were washed ashore by red colored tides along the shores of Florida, Georgia and South Carolina.See more »
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Omar:Hey! Wonder what makes 'em do it? You think they want the world to hate 'em? They wanna be punished because of some guilt complex? Hey - you think maybe they just kooky?See more »
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References Gunga Din (1939)See more »

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15 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Inventive visual treat with plenty of bite!, 11 January 2006
Author: dhogan-2 from United States

Reviewers have not mentioned the gorgeous cinematography of THE FLESH EATERS, which is the work of the director, Jack Curtis, working under a pseudonym, Carson Davidson. Virtually every scene was shot outdoors in the merciless sun of summertime Long Island, but Curtis's lighting banishes unsightly shadows from the actors' faces; indeed, in many moments the exteriors are shimmering, almost silvery in their beauty. Deep focus and shallow focus are utilized with particular effectiveness. The women in the film are very good-looking, and as captured on film, they appear warm and absolutely delicious.

Another useful note is that THE FLESH EATERS was scripted by comic book writer Arnold Drake (The Doom Patrol, Marvel's Captain Marvel, et al). Arnold storyboarded the film, so every shot has the careful, formalized composition of a well-drawn comic strip. One shot, a sterling example of deep focus, sticks with me: the right profile of the hero dominates the left-side foreground of the frame. In a moment, two or three tiny figures at the far-removed shoreline move left to right, from behind the hero's head, and in perfect focus. Self-conscious? Yes. Striking? Absolutely.

Finally, Curtis & Co. shot THE FLESH EATERS silent, which is NOT apparent.The post-production looping matches flawlessly to the performances, and the voices have weight and presence. (Curtis had experience in the dubbing of foreign films for the American market.)

The gratuitous but not uninteresting Nazi-lab sequence was not shot by Curtis, and has none of the visual beauty of the rest of the film. Its shock value, though, is strong.

I rate THE FLESH EATERS AN "8" not against all films, but against other films of its type. As B exploitation, it is ingenious, nastily amusing, and immensely satisfying.

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