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Queen of Blood (1966)

Unrated | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 2 March 1966 (USA)
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The year is 1990. An alien species makes contact with Earth through radio transmission, notifying of an imminent visit. An alien ship crash lands on Mars, and a rescue team is sent from ... See full summary »

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Curtis Harrington
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Complete credited cast:
John Saxon ... Allan Brenner
Basil Rathbone ... Dr. Farraday
Judi Meredith ... Laura James
Dennis Hopper ... Paul Grant
Florence Marly ... Alien Queen
Robert Boon Robert Boon ... Commander Anders Brockman
Don Eitner ... Tony Barrata
Virgil Frye ... Control Panel
Robert Porter ... Control Panel
Terry Lee Terry Lee ... Control Panel
Forrest J. Ackerman ... Farraday's Aide (as Forrest Ackerman)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
T. Pochepa T. Pochepa ... Woman on alien planet (archive footage)
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The year is 1990. An alien species makes contact with Earth through radio transmission, notifying of an imminent visit. An alien ship crash lands on Mars, and a rescue team is sent from Earth. Eventually a surviving female is located and brought on-board the Earth ship. The alien's skin is light green with an amazing hair-do. After some unsuccessful attempts by the human crew to feed her, she is more-or-less left to herself. While most of the crew sleeps, the alien hypnotizes the astronaut on guard. When the crew awakens, she's sleeping, and the guard is DEAD! Brief examination shows the Alien drank his blood. THE QUEEN OF BLOOD! Naturally, there is a lot of blood plasma on the ship, which they feed the alien. When they're almost home, another crew member is eaten, a fight breaks out, and the alien is accidentally killed before she can finish the third guy. Phew! The ship lands on Earth, finally! But there is trouble... The two remaining astronauts find a lot of eggs when they are ... Written by Markus Torpvret <torpvret@erlang.ericsson.se>

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HIDEOUS BEYOND BELIEF... with an INHUMAN CRAVING See more »

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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Trivia

The film is based on the screenplay for the earlier Soviet feature film Mechte Navstrechu (A Dream Come True). See more »

Goofs

The Cyrillic letters CCCP (USSR) can be seen on the side of the "American" rocket ship, betraying the fact that this film used stock footage from a Russian sci-fi film. See more »

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Allan Brenner: How are the musical spheres?
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Crazy Credits

In the ending credits, the last character credited is "Florence Marly as ?" See more »

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Referenced in She Creature (2001) See more »

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A Bad Hair Day Come True
2 January 2016 | by Boris_DaySee all my reviews

Queen of Blood was a 60s Corman produced quickie which recycled elaborate special effects sequences from a Russian scifi epic about heroic space exploration and matched them with cheaply shot footage of a plot about a bloodsucking, green skinned female alien who was clearly the inspiration for the big haired Martian girl from Mars Attacks.

The plot is strikingly similar to Alien. The creature gets on board after the crew pick up an SOS signal from a faraway planet. She bumps off the crew one by one but they are reluctant to kill her at first because they have been ordered to bring an alien life form back to earth. She even has an elongated head and lays eggs.

I caught the original Russian film called "A Dream Come True" at London's BFI a few years ago and it looked gorgeous, but its conflict free high-mindedness and lack of drama made it a bit of a snooze. I was hoping to get the beauty of the Russian film with something more trashily entertaining, but the Russian sequences (shot in 4:3) have been heavily cropped at top and bottom and reprinted on grainy stock, which pretty much ruins them.

The main thing to commend about the US film is Florence Marly, the actress who plays the alien. She does a good job at being strange and otherworldly, aided by some clever lighting. Otherwise this lacks the visual ingenuity of Mario Bava's similar "Planet of the Vampires", which also has close similarities to Alien and which creates a ravishingly beautiful alien planet with limited resources and the ingenious use of special effects (literally smoke and mirrors).

The film features Dennis Hopper in an early career high as an alien snack.


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Official Sites:

MGM Studios [United States]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 March 1966 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Flight to a Far Planet See more »

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Mono

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Color (Pathécolor)

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1.85 : 1
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