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Nightbeast (1982)

Baltimore filmaker Don Dohler does an update on his 1979 film "The Alien Factor" this time only a single alien(reptilian looking)crash landing near a small town and going on a rampage.

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Tom Griffith ...
Jamie Zemarel ...
Jamie Lambert
Karin Kardian ...
Lisa Kent
George Stover ...
Steven Price
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Drago
Anne Frith ...
Ruth Sherman
Eleanor Herman ...
Mary Jane
Richard Dyszel ...
Mayor Bert Wicker
Greg Dohler ...
Greg
Kim Pfeiffer ...
Kim (as Kim Dohler)
Monica Neff ...
Suzie
Glenn Barnes ...
Glenn
Rose Wolfe ...
Glenn's Girl
Jerry Schuerholz ...
Hunter
Hank Stuhmer ...
Hunter
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Baltimore filmaker Don Dohler does an update on his 1979 film "The Alien Factor" this time only a single alien(reptilian looking)crash landing near a small town and going on a rampage. Written by Humberto Amador

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Sadly, they don't make 'em like this any more!
28 July 2005 | by (Williamsburg, VA) – See all my reviews

When it comes to the cinema of Don Dohler, I must admit that I am a recent convert that only started viewing his early films in the last few years. Of all of his early work, NIGHTBEAST is considered by Dohler enthusiasts to be the best and I wholeheartedly agree. NIGHTBEAST unfolds at a breakneck pace, crams in every special effect you can imagine, features some nice gore and provides some of the most unintentionally funny scenes than one could ever hope for. In short, it is an early 80s classic.

Plots are very straightforward in Dohler's films and NIGHTBEAST is no exception. It is the standard "evil alien lands in a backwoods Maryland county and blows stuff up" plot line and NIGHTBEAST basically plays as a remake of Dohler's THE ALIEN FACTOR (1979), even featuring some of the same actors as the same characters. What differentiates this version is that Dohler succumbed to the staples of early 80s entertainment, sex and violence. And thank heavens he did! The violence is completely over the top with faces, limbs and stomachs being torn apart. As for the sex stuff, Dohler includes a couple of unnecessary nude scenes, including one bit that is so amazingly gratuitous that it will have you questioning the filmmaker's sanity (a tryst mid-alien rampage featuring the classic lines "Do you mind if I take off my towel?" and "Do you mind if I take off my shirt?"). Therein lies the charm of NIGHTBEAST. It is a DIY production that alternates between brilliance and absurdity. It is encouraging to think that Dohler and company cranked this out in rural Maryland for peanuts and eventually got a nationwide video (and now DVD) release.


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