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The Vampire (1957)
7/10
A blood draining killer
20 February 2018
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This black & white thriller from United Artists is a different type vampire movie. Doctor Beecher (John Beal) is given a bottle of pills by his friend Dr. Campbell, who has been experimenting with vampire bat blood. Campbell dies mysteriously and Beecher's chronic headaches begin getting worse. After he accidentally takes one Campbell's pills thinking it was one of his migraine tablets, blackouts are suffered nightly.

Several days in succession heart attack victims are discovered to have small marks on their necks. Friendly Dr. Beecher, out of character, has bouts of moodiness; and and he realizes he may be responsible for the series of heart attacks that have become murders. Watching the doc transform into a vampire is of course the movie's highlight. This flick is well acted and written by Pat Fielder and directed by Paul Landres. Some scary moments and that wonderful B&W atmosphere.

Rounding out the cast: Colleen Gray, Dabbs Greer, Kenneth Tobey, Lydia Reed and James Griffith.
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Atomic Blonde (2017)
10/10
Top shelf spy flick. Urgent action
15 February 2018
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This high octane action thriller directed by David Leitch surely gives the bang for the buck. A British agent is murdered in 1989 Berlin. Fellow MI6 agent, Lorraine Broughton (Charlize Theron), is assigned to investigate and strongly advised to locate and retrieve a list of double agents carried by the murdered agent. In order to do so she will be working with Berlin officials while the Cold War wanes. Broughton will also be forced to work with another spy, David Percival (James McAvoy), and there are major trust issues.

More than enough brutal fight scenes and car chases to keep you flinching. And the much talked about lesbian sex sequences with Theron and agent Delphine (Sofia Boutella) are super hot, but brief! As the story progresses, there will be twists and turns as the very bruised Broughton relives what took place on her mission.

Theron, whether she did her own stunts or not, was tremendously believable. The cast also features: John Goodman, Toby Jones, Eddie Marsan, Bill Skarsgard, Johannes Haukur Johannesson and James Faulkner.
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Bad Blonde (1953)
7/10
Not bad noir; but story line is so familiar
12 February 2018
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Italian boxing promoter Giuseppe Vecchi (Frederick Valk) thinks he has found a young fighter, Johnny Flanagan (Tony Wright), that with some training could be a heavyweight champion. Vecchi's bombshell blonde wife, Lorna (Barbara Payton), whom he brought back from a trip to America, soon becomes a distraction. Flanagan finds success in the ring and has the confidence to compete in big money fights. Devious Lorna seduces the young fighter into an affair and convinces him there is a lot of money upon her husband's death. This beautiful blonde is bad, bad, bad.

Also in the cast: Sidney James, John Slater, John Brooking and Marie Burke.
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8/10
It's a matter of time.
12 February 2018
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Very good Science Fiction B-movie classic from American International Pictures. Senior scientist Erik von Steiner (Preston Foster) and his team of associates Dr. Steve Connors (Philip Carey) and Carol White (Merry Anders) are adjusting a time viewing device, when an electric technician Danny (Steve Franken) stops by to warn them of the amount of power being used. The year is 1964 and the time viewer fixates on a rocky landscape in the year 2071.

The four scientist step through the time portal and are attacked by mutants. The group is rescued by what is left of a civilization that survived a devastating nuclear war. Dr. Varno (John Hoyt) is the leader of the survivors and explains there is not enough resources to sustain future life. That is why a spacecraft is almost finished being built to journey to an orbiting planet. But space for passengers is limited. And the mutants have them surrounded.

Special effects are above average for the mid 1960's. Ib Melchior directs and is in charge of the screenplay of his story written with David Hewitt. The costumes and sets are very imaginative.

Rounding out the cast: Joan Woodbury, Dennis Patrick, Delores Wells, Molly Glessing and J. Edward McKinley.
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5/10
Deadly cargo isn't overly scary. Actually a fun watch
11 February 2018
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A plane carries South American coffee beans, and crash lands because of stowaways aboard. Not hijackers or terrorists...tarantulas. The furry eight-legged critters hiding in the coffee beans also have attraction for the oranges in the small California town, where the cargo plane goes down.

This MADE-FOR-TV fare is pretty tame. Plenty of tarantulas, and they do look harmful to your health. The towns folk worry about the roaming arachnids destroying the towns main industry as well as taking bites out of human flesh along the way. The story meanders a bit and you could even say that the creepy crawlers are more lively than some of the actors. And that isn't saying much. The kills are limp and lame; there are some comical situations. So don't fear, just chuckle and have fun with this one.

The cast includes: Claude Akins, Pat Hingle, Charles Frank, Deborah Winters, Charles Siebert, Howard Hessseman, Penelope Windust and Bert Remsen.
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8/10
Better than typical 1950's western...
11 February 2018
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Feels like Saturday morning at the movies. We want a hero; and Glenn Ford will do just fine. George Temple (Ford) is a former gunslinger, who is more than ready to put those days in his past. His reputation is discovered and he and his faithful wife, Dora (Jeanne Crain), seek another small town to call home. Temple becomes a shopkeeper, but when he gets drunk and shows off his skill with a gun, a tough guy (Broderick Crawford) would like to take him on.

A good B&W western from MGM; gun smoke and trail dust in the air. No doubt about mild mannered Ford being the star. The cast also features: Russ Tamblyn, Leif Erickson, Noah Berry Jr., Allyn Joslyn, Virginia Gregg and John Doucette.
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5 Headed Shark Attack (2017 TV Movie)
4/10
Shake your head and laugh
11 February 2018
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More ridiculous than frightening. Not hopeless, because people are attracted to mutant creature features. Out of all the species of things swimming in the ocean off Puerto Rico; there is a mutant shark with four heads...and one under its tail, that makes five. Professor Angie Yost (Nikki Howard) and a few of her interns are swayed by money from a business man in San Juan to search and contain this freak before it terrorizes the peaceful beaches. This five headed monster is an eating machine and is not particular about a menu.

The CGI is pretty awful. And there are too many survivors for me. Of course, there are some scenes that can make you gag. Nico De Leon directs for the SyFy Channel. Also in the cast are: Chris Bruno, Lindsay Sawyer, Jeffrey Holsman, Michelle Cortes, Chris Costanzo and Amanda Mendez.
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Putty Hill (2010)
7/10
Friends and family gather to mourn
9 February 2018
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Putty Hill is a working-class neighborhood in Baltimore. The economic downturn has really hit the city hard and Putty Hill has all but turned into a skid row. Most of the young people of the area have little ambition or future to speak of. News travels fast when a young man is found dead in a vacant house; he is the victim of a heroin overdose. In spite of not being known very well, family and casual acquaintances gather for a modest funeral. The day before, young people wander the popular hangout spots and reflect on their tragic loss.

Director Matthew Porterfield filmed over just a few days and relied largely on improvised interviews for this disjointed project. You really have to be in the proper mood to garner anything redeeming from PUTTY HILL. Singer Sky Ferreira is the only actor of note. Others include: Cody Ray, Zoe Vance, Walker Teiser, Catherine Evans, Virginia Heath and James Siebor Jr.
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3/10
And out of the past...that zany woodpecker.
9 February 2018
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Yes, this is happening. Alex Zamm directs this live-action/CGI film wrapped around that once very popular character created by Walter Lantz...Woody Woodpecker. A big city lawyer Lance Walters (Timothy Omundson) comes across as a self-centered con artist that wants to tear down a piece of the forest to build a dream home. Not for him and his uppity girlfriend Brittany (Thaila Ayala) to live in; but to flip it for a fortune. Walters also is trying to bond with his estranged son (Graham Verchere).

The red-headed Woody is going to become a nightmare when the amusing fights for territory begin. Taking down Woody's home is not going to be cheap. There seems to be an amateur look to the animation. Question: how is it that Woody can soar from place to place without flapping his wings? Nostalgia usually feels better than this. The voice of Woody Woodpecker belongs to Eric Bauza. Others in the cast: Chelsea Miller, Jordana Largy, Emily Holmes and Scott McNeil.
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8/10
Revenge of a tabby cat.
8 February 2018
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You can't go wrong with this one. An obvious Hammer Film Productions horror film directed by John Gilling. In the early 1900's, a wealthy, elderly Ella Venable (Catherine Lacey) is murdered in the attic of her manor house. The body is disposed of on the estate grounds. There is a witness to the killing and the burial; that witness is Ella's cat Tabitha.

A police inspector and a newspaper man are summoned to the house to get clues on Ella's reported disappearance. There are some suspicions, since it is well known that Ella's husband Walter (Andre Morell) made her sign a will leaving him her fortune. But suspicion also lies in the maid (Freda Jackson) and the butler, of course, played by Andrew Crawford. Tabitha knows and has full comprehension of the dirty deed and she plans on her own revenge.

The atmosphere, color, pacing...everything creepy is here for you to enjoy.

Rounding out the cast: Barbara Shelley, Conrad Phillips, Richard Warner, William Lucas and Vanda Godsell.
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Trailer Park Shark (2017 TV Movie)
6/10
Rednecks versus a killer shark
8 February 2018
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SyFy can sure come up with some dandy concepts. Some trailer park folks have figured out a way to steal electricity from the nearby levy. The rich owner of the land occupying the trailer park wants to evict the dwellers, but he can't do it going by legal channels. Thus he hires a couple of hapless guys to blow up the levy that will flood the trailer park. The park gets partially blown up and the survivors not only have to tend with live electric lines, but there is also a hungry shark that has come up river through the blown levy. At times it is very comical watching these rednecks put thoughts together in order to survive.

Lulu Jovovich, playing Jolene, is the redeeming factor of the film. She is a true beauty in no matter what setting you place her. The arrival of the shark is by all means a major threat, but the basic instinct to survive is a force to be reckoned with. Kudos to director Griff Furst for his combination of laughs and tension along with a deadly shark.

Besides Miss Jovovich, rounding out the cast: Thomas Ian Nicholas, Davis Kallaway, Elise Berggreen, Richie Montgomery, Kelsey Lamb, Ali Eagle and Tara Reid.
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6/10
Where does loyalty dwell
6 February 2018
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Jack Reacher (Tom Cruise) has been on the run four years, but still enforcing his brand of justice where and when he sees it fits. Reacher off and on keeps in touch with headquarters and Major Susan Turner (Cobie Smulders), who now heads his old investigative unit. When he discovers she has been arrested for espionage, Reacher will break her out of prison in order to prove her innocence. At the same time, he works relentlessly to bust wide open a major government conspiracy that should clear himself of a murder for which he was framed.

Also in the cast: Aldis Hodge, Danika Yarosh, Holt McCallany, Robert Knepper, Madalyn Horcher and Patrick Heusinger.
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7/10
Was this really needed?
6 February 2018
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Thirty years after the events of the first movie in 1982, there is a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), under pressure to complete an important assignment. K manages to find a long buried secret that can plunge the current remaining society into total chaos. Officer K's discovery tends to be just part of a major quest to find a former LAPD blade runner, Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) , who appears to be in self-imposed exile for the last thirty years.

Stunning to look at, but at times tedious. Holding things together is a soundtrack featuring Hans Zimmer & Benjiman Wallfisch, Lauren Daigle, Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley.

Dennis Villeneuve directs a cast led by: Robin Wright, Ana de Armas, Dave Bautista, Jared Leto, Sylvia Hoeks, Edward James Olmos, David Dastmalchian and Sean Young.
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8/10
Efforts to save citizens and animals in 1939 Warsaw.
6 February 2018
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After Hitler's Luftwaffe bombings of Poland's capital, Warsaw; caretakers Jan Zabinkski (Johan Heldenbergh) and his wife Antonina (Jessica Chastain) turn their zoo into a different kind of sanctuary. While the Nazi' occupation is rounding up Jews to be taken away to be beaten and murdered; the zookeeper's wife works with a high ranking Nazi to protect the zoo animals. At the same time, Antonina and her husband work with the Resistance in an effort to hide Jews from the wartime carnage.

Disturbing scenes of destruction, people and animals being shot; implied rape scene along with brutal battles, bombing and horrific explosions relate the drama of this true story. Compassion and courage against tremendous odds shows inspiration.

Overview of the remaining cast: Daniel Bruhl, Frederick Preston, Michael McElhatton, Shira Haas, Timothy Radford and Efrat Dor.
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7/10
Get nuts! Save the park!
5 February 2018
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Surly Squirrel (Will Arnett) and Andie (Katherine Heigl) are back with the rest of the gang and are troubled with an all important mission to accomplish. The evil and corrupt Mayor of Oakton City (Bobby Moynihan) has decided to bulldoze Liberty Park and build a self-serving, but dysfunctional, amusement park. The world is dangerous enough, but Surly and his animal friends need to make a shambles of the amusement park in order to defeat the Mayor and take back the park which is home sweet home. And believe it or not, a gang of Chinese rats from another part of town decide to join in the rescue operation.

This is less tedious than watching a certain bunch of obnoxious chipmunks. The animation is well done and visual effects are vibrant. A fun watch for all ages.

Other voices that make this NUT JOB come alive: Jackie Chan, Tom Kenny, Bobby Cannavale, Jeff Dunham, Isabela Moner, Peter Stormare, Kari Wahlgren and Maya Rudolph.
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5/10
Not again! Sharknado swarming!
5 February 2018
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It is becoming common place as shark-infested storms get stronger and harder to figure out. The United States has been ravaged enough, so look out world; simultaneous shark swarm storms pop up in cities like Rome, London, Rio and Tokyo. Leading defender against these ravenous creatures of the sea, Fin Shepard (Ian Ziering) and his bionic wife, April (Tata Reid), are forced to go global as son Gil (Billy Barratt) is trapped after being swooped up into one of the storms.

Hilarious, berserk, ridiculous and pretty stupid with terrible CGI; but entertaining and creative with obligatory cameos. How many times can you beat a dead shark?

The franchise lives on with such stars as: Cassandra Scerbo, Porsha Williams, Yanet Garcia, Chris Kattan, Tony Hawk, Olivia Newton-John, Bret Michaels, Samantha Fox, Gilbert Gottfried, Al Roker, Charo and Clay Aiken.
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Zombeavers (2014)
8/10
For real? Raunchy fun.
5 February 2018
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You mean on purpose? Dumb, a bit stupid, so bad it is funny...crazy, but true...on purpose. A dialogue so hammy, gratuitous nudity and crazed beavers for your viewing pleasure. A gang of college students are off to the lake for some fun and getting nasty. Somehow the rowdy gang gets the attention of some un-dead murderous beavers and take cover in their rundown cabin. These co-eds will have to get their stuff together in order to survive. Director Jordan Rubin wants you to laugh...and you will!

The cast features: Rachel Melvin, Lexi Atkins, Jake Weary, Peter Gilroy, Hutch Dano, Phyliss Katz and Rex Linn. ZOMBEAVERS is rated R and worth every bit of it!
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3/10
Bikini Ski Day on Mammoth Mountain.
5 February 2018
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SyFy creature feature too hard to make yourself believe. Tons of die hard young skiers and snowboarders are ready to party, because once again it it Bikini Ski Day at Mammoth Mountain. Just imagine prehistoric and bloodthirsty snow sharks are awaken and freed by an avalanche. Special effects are as cheesy as the story line.

Members of the cast include: Kate Nauta, Kellie Cantwell, Alexander Mendeluk, Erin Ross, Emily Addison, Eric Scott Woods and Benjamin Easterday.
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8/10
Engrossing and very disturbing.
4 February 2018
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Director John Erick Dowdle tracks a criminal from start to finish. A cunning serial killer (Ben Messmer) leaves a gruesome trail. Police storm an empty house in New York, but what they find is provoking. Hundreds of tapes are found and they provide an orderly arranged presentation of years worth of videotaped torture and murder. Brutal, horrific and gut twisting. It will not be hard to figure out why this film is rated R. May not be your cup of tea, but I sure got into it.

The director helped his brother Drew Dowdle write. Atmosphere and special effects at time seems uneven, but believable. The cast includes: Stacy Chbosky, Samantha Robson, Ivar Brogger, Amy Lyndon, Lou George and Kim Kenny.
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Holidays (2016)
8/10
Your holidays will never be the same.
4 February 2018
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This anthology of dark tales with holiday themes will take a skewed attitude and appreciation for gory, gruesome, creepy and horror. These stories deal with Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, Easter, Father's Day, St. Patrick's Day, Halloween, Christmas and New Year's Eve. Some are tense and scary; some will easily be forgettable. All in all, I really had fun watching and even flinched a few times.

Some pretty good acting. The Easter story may be the creepiest. The New Year's Eve tale will twist and turn giving you the shakes. The atmosphere and cinematography make these short horror stories worth watching.

The cast features: Harley Quinn Smith, Lorenza Izzo, Jocelin Donahue, Seth Green, Morgan Duffy, Andrew Bowen, Ashley Greene, Rick Peters, Michael Gross, and Sophie Traub.
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Pittsburgh (1942)
7/10
Financial success at any cost.
4 February 2018
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John Wayne shares the screen with Randolph Scott and Marlene Dietrich. The Duke plays Charles 'Pittsburgh' Markham, who is always looking for something better, tries to make some quick bucks with his best friend Cash Evans (Scott). The two take jobs in the coal mines. Markham is unsatisfied, but has more than enough ambition and by "hook or crook" manipulates financial backing to eventually become a wealthy tycoon in the coal and steel industry. His over bearing and sometimes underhanded methods as a player in in the battle between labor and management affords him the loss of his best friend Cash and drives away the woman he loves (Dietrich).

Rounding out the cast: Frank Craven, Samuel S. Hinds, Louise Allbritton, Paul Fix, Thomas Gomez, Charles Arnt and Ludwig Stossel.
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Hangar 10 (2014)
4/10
Haunting, but no great shakes.
31 January 2018
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Another found footage film. Remember, not all of them are very rewarding. An eager treasure hunter Gus (Robert Curtis) is determined to find something out-of-this-world in the area of the notable Rendlesham Forest UFO incident some thirty years earlier. Girlfriend Sally (Abbie Salt) is willing to tag along for help and her ex Jake (Danny Shayler), is talked into filming the whole thing, just to get chances to down grade Gus.

Strange sounds and weird sights don't stop the group from going through a busted fence marking restricted military territory. Shockingly, Gus goes missing. Louder sounds lead Sally and Jake to an abandoned US Air Base...now the dwelling of who knows what!

Some haunting moments few and far between. Some better than average special effects. Easy to find tedious. Nice to watch late night with the lights out!
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Mutant World (2014)
3/10
It's not the end of the world.
30 January 2018
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Low budget sci-fi that tries hard. Earth has little over an hour to prepare for a meteor on a collision course. A small group of doomsday theorists and military types have been working on a bunker for a long time just waiting for to be used. Ten years after the meteor strike, a search party leaves the bunker looking for solar panels, medical supplies and food. They discover the world has been taken over by mutants that rule the nights. The search party meet a mysterious traveler that calls herself, The Preacher (Ashanti), who lets it be known there is a safe haven.

Disjointed plot, elementary level effects and a lot of actors trying to do too much. David Winning takes credit as director. Singer Ashanti does a commendable job as does Holly Deveaux. Other cast members: Jason Cermak, Amber Marshall, Megan Tracz, David LeReaney, Greg Lawson and Sydney Bell. Kim Coates makes a cameo appearance. Redeeming is the eye candy!
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8/10
Who did the "who dont it"?
30 January 2018
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This humorous mystery is directed by William Beaudine and has a former private detective Nick Trayne (James Dunn) coming out of retirement to find a missing wealthy banker Walter Craig (Gus Glassmire). Before the Craig family can get used to Traynes oddball antics, Walter reappears, but in a zombie-like state. When a member of the family is stabbed to death, suspicion falls on the catatonic banker. Nick is sure this is not true and there is a whole lot more to this situation. The wise-cracking Nick finds time to fall in love with Miss Billie Hilton (Joan Woodbury), a member of the family, that seems to be sticking to him like glue. Their quip trading is comic relief. Atmospheric and a fun watch for sure.

Rounding out the cast: Jan Wiley, Paul McVey, Norman Willis, J. Ferrell MacDonald and Howard Banks.
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4/10
This sci-fi stuff can be big business.
29 January 2018
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I may have been pretty liberal with my rating of this creature feature. Dr. John Basso (Les Tremayne) is a polished stage hypnotist that features his pretty assistant (Pat Delaney), doing experiments in hypnotic regression. When a hideous fish-like creature comes out of the depths of Lake Texhoma to kill Tanglewood Country Club guests; a retired business tycoon is ready to fleece a gullible public that believes in the self-proclaimed clairvoyant, Dr. Brasso.

Very low budget, but fun. Rubber suit monster or not, an interesting flick. Beach party scenes featuring singer Scotty McKay lengthens this made-for-television film, which is actually a remake of the 1956 movie THE SHE CREATURE.

Other stars: Aaron Kincaid, Neil Fletcher, Suzanne Roy, Roger Ready and Byron Lord.
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