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Director:
Writer:
Peter Bryan (screenplay)
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Release Date:
16 May 1969 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The Blood Lust of a FRENZIED VAMPIRE!
Plot:
A scientist, working with genetics, creates a creature that is capable of transforming back and forth... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Peter Cushing: A centenary celebration
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Peter Cushing ... Detective Inspector Quennell
Robert Flemyng ... Dr. Carl Mallinger

Wanda Ventham ... Clare Mallinger
Vanessa Howard ... Meg Quennell
David Griffin ... William Warrender
Glynn Edwards ... Sgt. Allan
William Wilde ... Frederick Britewell
Kevin Stoney ... Granger

John Paul ... Mr. Warrender
Russell Napier ... Landlord
Roy Hudd ... Smiler - The Morgue Attendant
Leslie Anderson ... Joe Trigger - Coachman
Simon Cain ... Clem Withers - Gardener
Robert Cawdron ... Chief Constable
Kenneth Colley ... James
Beryl Cooke ... Housekeeper
Roy Evans ... 2nd Porter
Joan Ingram ... Cook
David Lyell ... 2nd Student
John Scott Martin ... Snaflebum
William Maxwell ... 1st Porter
Michael Mundell ... 1st Student (as Mike Mundell)
Norman Pitt ... Police Doctor
Malcolm Rogers ... Dr. Elliott
Drew Russell ... P.C. Smith
Honor Shepherd ... Senior Housemaid
Robin Wentworth ... Starkadder
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Arnold L. Miller ... Policeman (uncredited)

Directed by
Vernon Sewell 
 
Writing credits
Peter Bryan (screenplay)

Produced by
Arnold L. Miller .... producer
Tony Tenser .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Paul Ferris 
 
Cinematography by
Stanley A. Long (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Howard Lanning 
 
Art Direction by
Alfred Woods 
 
Set Decoration by
Freda Pearson 
 
Costume Design by
Marie Feldwick 
 
Makeup Department
Henry Montsash .... hairdresser
Rosemarie McDonald Peattie .... make-up artist
 
Production Management
Ricky Howard .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
George Pollard .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Len Harvey .... construction manager
Freda Pearson .... set dresser
 
Sound Department
Alan Hogben .... sound mixer
Dennis Lanning .... dubbing editor
Mike Tucker .... boom operator
 
Special Effects by
Roger Dicken .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jim Alloway .... focus puller
Norman Jones .... camera operator
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Marie Feldwick .... wardrobe
 
Music Department
Paul Ferris .... conductor
 
Other crew
Pat O'Donnell .... production secretary
Eve Wilson .... continuity
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Vampire-Beast Craves Blood" - USA
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Runtime:
88 min | USA:80 min (dvd release)
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Language:
Color:
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Certification:
Canada:AA (Ontario) | Iceland:16 | Italy:VM18 | Italy:VM14 (DVD) | Norway:16 | Sweden:15 | UK:X | UK:12 (DVD re-rating) (2004) | USA:G

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Robert Flemyng reportedly hated working on the film.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Near the end of the movie, Sergeant Allan fires 7 shots from a single-action pistol without reloading.See more »

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7 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
An Opportunity to See Vanessa Howard Again, 29 January 2006
Author: aimless-46 from Kentucky

Ignore the most negative of the comments, "The Blood Beast Terror" is not total garbage. It has the Hammer Studio's feel which it was trying to imitate; with a decent imitation of the Hammer Victorian production design and a performance by Peter Cushing (as Police Inspector Quennell). It is also features one of the few available film appearances of Vanessa Howard, unfortunately she has only a supporting scream queen role as Quennell's daughter Meg. Check out "Girly" if you want to see a lot more of this underutilized actress.

"The Blood Beast Terror's" main weakness is its low budget which resulted in some horribly lame special effects, although the budget cannot be entirely blamed as just a little imagination in this area would have resulted in something far more effective. It also suffers from a condensed story that does not supply enough scientific details to make the basic premise interesting.

So instead of a sci-fi/horror picture, it is more of a detective story with some laughable horror elements. But it is a decent detective story with enough misdirection to produce several surprising revelations. Contrary to several other comments, I had no problem with the ending, finding the idea of a moth (even a giant one) being drawn to a flame quite appropriate, although so poorly staged as to be groan inducing.

There is some great comic relief in the underplayed performance of Glynn Edwards (as Sergeant Allen) and the overplayed performance of Roy Hudd, as the jaded morgue attendant who casually eats his meals off the slabs in the morgue (complete with cadavers). There is unintended comic relief in the casting of 30 year-old Wanda Ventham as the mad scientist's on-the-make "teenage" daughter. Nothing exceptional but a cut above much of the 60's cheap sci-fi and horror.

Then again, what do I know? I'm only a child.

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