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Blood Beach (1980)

Something or someone is attacking people one by one on the beach. Some of them are mutilated, but most of them are sucked into the sand, disappearing without a trace. What is the creature ... See full summary »

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Jeffrey Bloom

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Huffman ... Harry Caulder
Marianna Hill ... Catherine Hutton
Burt Young ... Sgt. Royko
Otis Young ... Lt. Piantadosi
Lena Pousette ... Marie
John Saxon ... Capt. Pearson
Darrell Fetty ... Hoagy
Stefan Gierasch ... Dr. Dimitrios
Eleanor Zee Eleanor Zee ... Mrs. Selden
Pamela McMyler ... Mrs. Hench
Harriet Medin ... Ruth Hutton
Mickey Fox ... Moose
Laura Burkett ... Girl in Sand
Marleta Giles Marleta Giles ... Girlfriend
Jacqueline Randall Jacqueline Randall ... 2nd Girl
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Storyline

Something or someone is attacking people one by one on the beach. Some of them are mutilated, but most of them are sucked into the sand, disappearing without a trace. What is the creature responsible? Where does it live, and where did it come from? And is there any chance of it reproducing? Meanwhile, David Huffman and Mariana Hill are once-almost-married old friends, reunited over the death of her mother on the beach, and searching for clues in the abandoned buildings where they used to play when they were young. Written by Brian C. Madsen <bcmmovies@earthlink.net>

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The five people believed to have drowned here never made it past the sand! See more »

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Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 January 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La plage sanglante See more »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

One of a cycle of 1980s and mid-late 1970s movies made to cash in on the success of Jaws (1975). The films include Jaws 2 (1978), Jaws 3-D (1983), and Jaws: The Revenge (1987), as well as Orca (1977), Piranha (1978), Tentacles (1977), Killer Fish (1979), Barracuda (1978), Tintorera: Killer Shark (1977), Blood Beach (1980), Piranha II: The Spawning (1981), The Last Shark (1981), Up from the Depths (1979), Humanoids from the Deep (1980), Screamers (1979), Devil Fish (1984) and Mako: The Jaws of Death (1976). See more »

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At about 45:50, the mic is visible over their heads for the entire scene while they discuss how the creature travels. See more »

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1st Boy2nd Boy: We found it! We found it! We found the guy's weiner!
[throwing a hot dog at Sgt. Royko]
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Textbook B-grade horror, sometimes slow, but has its moments.
3 September 2007 | by MuldwychSee all my reviews

'Blood Beach' is a fairly typical example of a B-grade horror film. The acting is just competent enough to keep the plot going, but no-one would scratch their heads wondering why these artistes aren't better known. There's the stoic male lead doing his best to look moody despite the early 80s low lighting. There's the predictable love interest, the sceptic, the comic relief, and the wise all-knowing scientist who no-one listens to. All the boxes have been checked here. The plot is straightforward and threadbare, and the budget would be equal to what Spielberg spends on a typical lunch.

However, I really enjoyed this thing as a kid, and watching it again recently reminded me why. For one thing, the film-makers know their financial limits, and the menace threatening the sleepy Southern Californian beach is wisely kept out of sight until the very end, and even then, you don't get a truly good look at it. This is a wise approach even when you do have money to play with, as it builds suspense, and avoids disappointment. Additionally, 'Blood Beach' is mostly filmed on-location, so there are few desperately cheap-looking sets. Finally, the film ends the way all good horror films do, though I just wish it hadn't been made so obvious earlier on.

I think the main reason 'Blood Beach' gets a low score is probably that it gets a little slow in places. This isn't helped by the two-dimensional characterisation, that if developed in a better script, could probably have alleviated the problem.

Nonetheless, it has its redeeming features as mentioned, and it's a good bit of late-night disposable viewing if you like horror and there's nothing better on.


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