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Beast from Haunted Cave (1959)

Approved | | Crime, Horror, Thriller | 30 October 1959 (USA)
A group of gold thieves pull of a heist and flee into the snowy wilderness, only to be pursued by a horrible, spider-like monster.

Director:

Monte Hellman

Writers:

Charles B. Griffith (original story), Charles B. Griffith (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Michael Forest ... Gil Jackson
Sheila Noonan Sheila Noonan ... Gypsy Boulet (as Sheila Carol)
Frank Wolff ... Alexander Ward
Wally Campo ... Byron Smith
Richard Sinatra Richard Sinatra ... Marty Jones
Linné Ahlstrand Linné Ahlstrand ... Natalie, the bar-girl
Chris Robinson ... The Beast / A Bartender (as Christopher Robinson)
Kay Jennings Kay Jennings ... Jill Jackson
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Gangster Alexander Ward, his girl friend, Gypsy Boulet, and two henchmen come to Deadwood, South Dakota with the idea of stealing a few gold bars. They enlist the aid of a local ski instructor, Gil Jackson, and plan to use him as a guide out of the territory after the robbery. However, a blizzard forces them to take refuge in Jackson's cabin, where Gypsy lowers the inside temperature by giving the cold shoulder to Ward, her former sweetie until she saw Jackson. Ward don't care, as he plans to kill Jackson after they have no further use of him. But they had used an explosion in a cave to serve as a distraction during the heist, and this explosion had irritated the big spider that lived there and, sure enough, all hands have to seek refuge in the cave from the fury of the storm. All but two of them would have been better off facing the South Dakota elements. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Charles B. Griffith wrote the screenplay for this film by reworking his own script from Naked Paradise (1957). See more »

Quotes

Marty Jones: I saw pieces of an egg in the mine, where it got Natalie. Now that could have been buried there for millions of years until the men working on the mine found it.
Alexander Ward: I don't care what it is. I don't care if it chews up the whole state. I care if it came from Mars or happened by spontaneous combustion. We're going to Canada with a load of gold, so forget it!
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Look! A spider-thingy!
22 January 2001 | by Sterno-2See all my reviews

The Corman family (notably Roger) has this nasty habit of padding a movie with lots of walking. Oh sure, there are variations on the theme. Generally, though you will find yourself subjected to a tour of Bronson Canyon, or wherever they decided to film that day's movie. Brother Gene has added variety by giving us lots of SKIING!!

The plot involves four theives who stage a mine explosion in South Dakota to divert the town's attention while the bank is relieved of gold bars - but only six bars! Why six? Why, they're going cross-country skiing to the lodge of a local man, and that's all they can carry. From there, they will hop a plane to Canada. Unfortunately, there's a monster following the crooks, sort of a cross between a spider and Bigfoot with extra floppy arms.

If it all sounds odd, that's because it is. The tension between the boss (I suspect it's really Donald Sutherland undercover) and his *ahem* secretary is almost palpable. Frank Sinatra's cousin's performance is outstanding, definitely paving the way for Frank Stallone's run of fame years later.

The disturbing thing is that if these crooks are into putting their fellow fireworks manufacturers out of business, why are we robbing banks in South Dakota? Let's face it, South Dakota is not known for much other than Sturgis and it's motorcycle rally. I'm trying to figure out how partially robbing a bank in South Dakota cements your claim to the fireworks empire. Fortunately, I have other things to worry about other than these jokers.

Sterno says spin your spider web somewhere else.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 October 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Creature from the Cave See more »

Filming Locations:

Deadwood, South Dakota, USA See more »

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