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The Blood Beast Terror (1968)

G | | Horror | 16 May 1969 (USA)
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A scientist, working with genetics, creates a creature that is capable of transforming back and forth between a giant Death Head moth and a beautiful woman. The creature masquerades as his ... See full summary »

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Vernon Sewell

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Peter Bryan (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Cushing ... Inspector Quennell
Robert Flemyng ... Dr. Mallinger
Wanda Ventham ... Clare
Vanessa Howard ... Meg
David Griffin ... William
Glynn Edwards ... Sergeant Allan
William Wilde ... Britewell
Kevin Stoney ... Granger
John Paul John Paul ... Warrender
Russell Napier Russell Napier ... Landlord
Roy Hudd ... Morgue Attendant
Leslie Anderson Leslie Anderson ... Coachman
Simon Cain Simon Cain ... Gardener
Robert Cawdron ... Chief Constable
Kenneth Colley ... James
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Storyline

A scientist, working with genetics, creates a creature that is capable of transforming back and forth between a giant Death Head moth and a beautiful woman. The creature masquerades as his daughter when she is in her human incarnation and feeds on the blood of her victims when she is in the moth form. Written by Dave Gan <longbow@bigfoot.com>

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The Blood Lust of a FRENZIED VAMPIRE!

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Horror

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 May 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Vampire-Beast Craves Blood See more »

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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Most of the cast complained about how small the sets were (this was an effort to save money). See more »

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During the first morgue scene the corpse, who's feet are visible, keeps wiggling his toes. See more »

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An Opportunity to See Vanessa Howard Again
29 January 2006 | by aimless-46See all my reviews

Ignore the most negative of the comments, "The Blood Beast Terror" is not total garbage. It has the Hammer Studio's feel which it was trying to imitate; with a decent imitation of the Hammer Victorian production design and a performance by Peter Cushing (as Police Inspector Quennell). It is also features one of the few available film appearances of Vanessa Howard, unfortunately she has only a supporting scream queen role as Quennell's daughter Meg. Check out "Girly" if you want to see a lot more of this underutilized actress.

"The Blood Beast Terror's" main weakness is its low budget which resulted in some horribly lame special effects, although the budget cannot be entirely blamed as just a little imagination in this area would have resulted in something far more effective. It also suffers from a condensed story that does not supply enough scientific details to make the basic premise interesting.

So instead of a sci-fi/horror picture, it is more of a detective story with some laughable horror elements. But it is a decent detective story with enough misdirection to produce several surprising revelations. Contrary to several other comments, I had no problem with the ending, finding the idea of a moth (even a giant one) being drawn to a flame quite appropriate, although so poorly staged as to be groan inducing.

There is some great comic relief in the underplayed performance of Glynn Edwards (as Sergeant Allen) and the overplayed performance of Roy Hudd, as the jaded morgue attendant who casually eats his meals off the slabs in the morgue (complete with cadavers). There is unintended comic relief in the casting of 30 year-old Wanda Ventham as the mad scientist's on-the-make "teenage" daughter. Nothing exceptional but a cut above much of the 60's cheap sci-fi and horror.

Then again, what do I know? I'm only a child.


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