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The Flesh Eaters (1964)

Unrated | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 18 March 1964 (USA)
A group of young adults trapped on a desert island find the water inhabited by a violent form of flesh-eating organisms.

Director:

Jack Curtis

Writer:

Arnold Drake (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Martin Kosleck ... Prof. Peter Bartell
Byron Sanders Byron Sanders ... Grant Murdoch
Barbara Wilkin Barbara Wilkin ... Jan Letterman
Rita Morley Rita Morley ... Laura Winters
Ray Tudor Ray Tudor ... Omar
Christopher Drake Christopher Drake ... Matt
Darby Nelson Darby Nelson ... Jim
Rita Floyd Rita Floyd ... Radio Operator
Warren Houston Warren Houston ... Cab Driver (scenes deleted)
Barbara Wilson Barbara Wilson ... Ann
Ira Lewis Ira Lewis ... Freddy Miller
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Storyline

An alcoholic actress, her personal assistant, and their pilot are downed on a secluded isle by bad weather, where a renegade Nazi scientist is using ocean life to develop a solvent for human flesh. The tiny flesh-eating sea critters that result certainly give our heroes a run for their money - and lives. Written by Howard Clegg

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 March 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Furesshu itazu: Hito kui monsuta no shima See more »

Filming Locations:

Long Island, New York, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

According to Variety, principal photography was completed in the fall of 1961. See more »

Goofs

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Quotes

Omar: Hey! Wonder what makes 'em do it? You think they want the world to hate 'em? They wanna be punished because of some guilt complex? Hey - you think maybe they just kooky?
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Alternate Versions

A shorter version exists on video: the original 35mm print, which is identical to the video release issued from Sinister Cinema, was trimmed for television and 16mm rental. The Monterey Video release of the film is this truncated television print. See more »

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Soundtracks

Mars Calling
By Noel Regney (as Nöel Regney)
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Here's the word man, this movie is kooky!

If you are going to sit down to watch this expecting some top notch special effects, intense acting, and a character driven plot, you deserve to be disappointed. Movies like this cannot conceal what they are or mislead people, so to criticize it for being cheap, hokey, and cheesy is sort like complaining that Star Wars takes place in outer space.

If you are hoping to be entertained, then this movie won't let you down! A reminder of how creepy these old movies can be if you were lucky enough to see it when you were under age 12, movies like this always benefit most when the viewer can suspend their cynicism and imagine they are 10 years old. The lack of any sets used in the film is probably because the actors chewed all the scenery, the gore, for its time, was pretty darn shocking, and the monsters are somehow easily destroyed by the same thing they eat.

Yes, skeletons shouldn't remain whole when the flesh is eaten off them. True, CGI effects blow away the lousy FX. Of course, a woman wouldn't tear off her shirt while the men stood by, still in their shirts and gawking when someone needed makeshift bandages. And I agree, Nazi scientists were not hiding out on Long Island in the 1960's. If you can accept these facts, and forgive the movie in spite of them (and many, many other similar flaws), you won't be let down for one second! Also, the song playing on the transistor radio in the opening scene, performed by a band called "The Teen Killers" is so catchy you won't stop whistling it for weeks!!!


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