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Night of the Blood Beast (1958)

Not Rated | | Sci-Fi, Horror | August 1958 (USA)
An astronaut is killed on reentry to Earth, but his body is seeded with rapidly gestating aliens.

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Gene Corman (story), Martin Varno (screenplay)
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An alien agent from the distant planet Davana is sent to Earth via a high-tech matter transporter. There, he terrorizes Southern California in an attempt to acquire blood for his dying race, the result of a devastating nuclear war.

Director: Roger Corman
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Cast

Cast overview:
Michael Emmet Michael Emmet ... Maj. John Corcoran
Angela Greene ... Dr. Julie Benson
John Baer ... Steve Dunlap
Ed Nelson ... Dave Randall
Tyler McVey Tyler McVey ... Dr. Alex Wyman
Georgianna Carter Georgianna Carter ... Donna Bixby
Ross Sturlin Ross Sturlin ... The Creature
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Storyline

An astronaut returns from space dead. The base that recovered him is then cut off from the outside world by an alien. The revival of the dead astronaut, the death of a scientist, and the discovery of alien embryos inside the resurrected astronaut's body bodes ill for the survival of those trapped at the base and the rest of humanity. Written by Erik Gregersen <erik@astro.as.utexas.edu>

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No girl was safe as long as this head-hunting thing roamed the land!

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Sci-Fi | Horror

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

August 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Creature from Galaxy 27 See more »

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Budget:

$68,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

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1.37 : 1
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The Cormans cast the film together with director Bernard L. Kowalski, who was 28 years old at the time. Kowalski also directed Roger Corman's Hot Car Girl. Night of the Blood Beast was one of Kowalski's first directorial credits and his first science fiction film, although he later went on to direct Attack of the Giant Leeches. See more »

Goofs

During some shots, part of the camera's for-end is visible along the top of the screen. Possibly due to a problem with the lens mounting. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Alex Wyman: A wounded animal that large isn't good!
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Featured in Whose Line Is It Anyway?: Show No. 7001 (2005) See more »

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Even Baby Boomers Must Be Amazed
29 September 2002 | by popgun9See all my reviews

Typical of the "Z" sci-fi films of the fifties, the viewing of Night of the Blood Beast takes significant time-warp calibration in order to appreciate it. Even Baby Boomers must be amazed at how much progress the world has seen in four decades. Night of the Blood Beast sure served its purpose at the time, but by today's standards is a clunky relic. One major redeemable factor, though, is the unrelenting grimness of the movie. Kowalski brought the same dark tone to Attack of the Giant Leeches, a less talky and cohesive film. One curious observation is the extensive footage of the shirtless and hairy-chested astronaut. Hollywood almost always insisted on bare-chested men being shaved -- weird as it may seem. There are other envelope-pushing facets in Blood Beast (and Giant Leeches) if you look close enough. Kowalski probably knew what he was doing.


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