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The Blood Beast Terror -- A classic monster movie directed by Vernon Sewell, THE BLOOD BEAST TERROR is set in motion when mutilated bodies begin appearing in the English countryside drained of blood. Horror icon Peter Cushing stars as Detective Inspector Quennell, brought in to investigate the deaths. But the deeper he digs, the bloodier the violence, until he discovers a terrifying truth revealed in the gruesome finale.
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Director:
Writer:
Peter Bryan (screenplay)
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Release Date:
16 May 1969 (USA) See more »
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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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Ten Tigon Tales of Terror
 (From Shadowlocked. 18 February 2014, 3:39 AM, PST)

Peter Cushing: A centenary celebration
 (From Shadowlocked. 28 May 2013, 2:02 PM, PDT)

Celebrate 100 Years Of Peter Cushing On The Horror Channel!
 (From The Hollywood News. 5 May 2013, 6:31 AM, PDT)

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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)
Paul Vernon ... Medical Student (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 
 
Casting by
Freddie Vale (uncredited)
 
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
Barbara Whittaker .... hairdresser (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Ricky Howard .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
George Pollard .... assistant director
Drummond Riddell .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Len Harvey .... construction manager
Freda Pearson .... set dresser
Ron Bates .... carpenter (uncredited)
Tony Boon .... stagehand (uncredited)
Bert Eversfield .... painter (uncredited)
Peter Joyce .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Maurice Stewart .... props (uncredited)
Bill Tibbs .... production buyer (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Alan Hogben .... sound mixer
Dennis Lanning .... dubbing editor
Mike Tucker .... boom operator
Alan Lavender .... sound maintenance (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Roger Dicken .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jim Alloway .... focus puller
Norman Jones .... camera operator
Bob Cockburn .... grip (uncredited)
George Pimm .... electrician (uncredited)
Chris Reynolds .... clapper loader (uncredited)
Deryck Whittaker .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Marie Feldwick .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Marion Curren .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Paul Ferris .... conductor
 
Other crew
Pat O'Donnell .... production secretary
Eve Wilson .... continuity
Sandra Bloom .... secretary to producer (uncredited)
Vivien Duret .... production secretary (uncredited)
Arnold Fletcher .... production accountant (uncredited)
Frank Law .... publicist (uncredited)
 

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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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3 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
THE BLOOD BEAST TERROR (Vernon Sewell, 1967) **, 2 April 2007
Author: MARIO GAUCI (marrod@melita.com) from Naxxar, Malta

Peter Cushing used to refer to THE BLOOD BEAST TERROR as the worst film of his prolific career, and this was enough to keep me from getting the SE DVD of it on R2 from DD Video when I purchased four more second-tier British horrors from the same outfit last year - namely, ISLAND OF TERROR (1966), NIGHT OF THE BIG HEAT (1967), CURSE OF THE CRIMSON ALTAR (1968) and THE CREEPING FLESH (1973). Eventually, it was shown last Saturday night on an Italian TV channel in its original language with forced Italian subtitles, and I really couldn't let an occasion like that pass me by...

Tigon was always seen as a cut-rate Hammer and this film was clearly inspired by the latter's THE REPTILE (1966; one of the Bray Studio outfit's best of the decade, and which THE BLOOD BEAST TERROR can't hope to match) - where, again, we find a female monster 'created' by her eminent but misguided entomologist father (Robert Flemyng). The monster design (we're dealing with a giant Death's Head Moth here) isn't too bad, actually, and it's thankfully not over-exposed during the course of the film: besides, Wanda Ventham's character is interesting in that she doesn't bemoan her fate as usually happens in such genre efforts - rather, she's single-minded in seeking out her prey among Flemyng's naïve students and rugged helpers around the estate, all of whom are easily swayed by her attractiveness!

Aided by a fine score from resident Tigon composer Paul Ferris, the film creates a reasonable Gothic atmosphere throughout (with, at one point, even an amateur rendition/parody of a typical Grand Guignol performance set up by the students - and also featuring Ventham - in Flemyng's house). The script, incidentally, is by Hammer alumnus Peter Bryan (THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES [1959], THE BRIDES OF Dracula [1960] and THE PLAGUE OF THE ZOMBIES [1966]) and, while offering no real surprises, it's quite enjoyable for what it is - certainly better than its reputation would suggest! That said, the monster's come-uppance in an unconvincing and abrupt fiery ending is one of the lamest of its kind I've ever come across...

Cushing - with his customary fastidiousness and dry wit intact - is always a pleasure to watch; Flemyng, too, offers his unhinged medico routine - and it's interesting, to say the least, to witness this clash of Hammer and Italian horror acting styles! Notable among the supporting cast is Roy Hudd as a scurrilous morgue attendant.

At this stage, I don't know whether I'll eventually spring for the R2 DVD - since it contains a 25-minute career overview with Ventham - but, if it's ever discounted again by one of my British retailers of choice (and provided that it hasn't gone out-of-print by then!), it's worth considering. Another DD Video title I've long neglected is THE DEVIL'S MEN (1976), incidentally, also starring Peter Cushing - and, even though it's an equally maligned horror effort, I have to admit that I'm a sucker for such things...

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