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Night of the Blood Beast (1958)

Not Rated | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 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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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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Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

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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

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The film was featured in a 1996 episode of the comedy television series, Mystery Science Theater 3000. See more »

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The astronaut has no heartbeat and no respiration, but does have blood pressure. While this is shown as a scientific implausibility, it's not explained how the doctors can detect the astronaut's blood pressure without a heartbeat. Blood pressure readings using a sphigmomanometer (blood pressure cuff) rely on the heartbeat to determine both the systolic (which is the pressure of a compressing heart) and diastolic (which is the pressure of a relaxed heart). In other words, no matter what technobabble you want to offer, there's no way to determine blood pressure without a heartbeat. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Alex Wyman: A wounded animal that large isn't good!
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Blood and Resurrection
9 April 2010 | by flapdoodle64See all my reviews

Considering that the crew appear to have constructed the prop space capsule out of a septic tank, this is a decent little el cheapo scifi flick.

A film buff with the slightest knowledge of the major auteurs goes into a B/W 1958 Roger Corman scifi film with a certain set of expectations. Within such parameters, this is a surprisingly well-made film, tense, moody, interesting, and moving along a pace that corresponds well with the plausibility factor. While none of the acting is spectacular, it is all competent and sometimes impressive. The script is surprisingly intelligent, especially considering the title. The title, however corny it may be, works well in this film due the portions of the plot dealing with the death and resurrection of an astronaut.

There is a small bit of FX and monster make up in this film; you will be thankful to find out that it does not clash with the septic tank space capsule.

Overall, this is an honest, well-constructed little drive-in type scifi/horror film that does the job it was designed for and more. It makes more sense, and is more satisfying than watching all the episodes of the new version of 'V.'


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