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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
David Huffman ... Harry Caulder
Marianna Hill ... Catherine Hutton
Burt Young ... Sgt. Royko
Otis Young ... Lt. Piantadosi
Lena Pousette 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 Laura Burkett ... Girl in Sand
Marleta Giles Marleta Giles ... Girlfriend
Jacqueline Randall Jacqueline Randall ... 2nd Girl


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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beach | sand | monster | death | spoof | See All (15) »


...where the water is the safest place to be! See more »


Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi


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Release Date:

28 January 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La playa del terror See more »


Box Office


$2,000,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Although basically a low-budget "B" picture, since its release it has gained somewhat of a cult following. See more »


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


Pearson: Last but not least, lovely blonde sixteen-year-old girl - from Beverly Hills, no less, and slumming, I presume - suffered massive damage to both her once-pretty legs, may be crippled for life, and her mind blown half-way to the moon, simply because she was foolish enough to lie down on this particular beach.
Sergeant Royko: [mumbles] Never would have happened in Chicago.
Pearson: [sternly] Yeah? One more remark like that out of your mouth and Chicago's where you're gonna be!
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Flower Power at the Beach of Blood
20 February 2010 | by Vomitron_GSee all my reviews

This one had been on my wish-list ever since I saw a few fragments of it when I was a little kid. But being a sober guy, I wasn't expecting much of it. And that was a good thing . Basically where "Jaws" made the water an unsafe place, "Blood Beach" tries to do this for the beach. But "Blood Beach" is very much inferior to Spielberg's classic. Mainly because "Blood Beach" is rather slow and boring. "Jaws", at times, also wasn't all that about action & horror, more about the characters really, but it had a fine plot structure, good dialogues and decent acting to keep things going. But I shall not just dismiss "Blood Beach" as a bad B-monster movie (though it certainly isn't a good one). The main attraction amongst the cast is John Saxon, who is the best actor of the lot, injects a nice amount of sarcasm in his role and simply has the best lines of the movie. Then there's Burt Young, who's just great as Sergeant Royko, bragging about Chicago all the time, eating various sort of junk-food in almost every scene and referring to someone's brain as "vegetable soup". The music was pretty memorable too, with a dark cello theme and some jazzy saxophones. And the beach-monster was just too weird. It looked like a giant, dusty, plastic flower. But unfortunately it's only shown in a few shots when it emerges from the sand near the end. The shots over the end credits leave room for a sequel ("Blood Beach 2: The Offspring", would have been a very appropriate title, I believe), but that never happened. "Blood Beach" could have been a cult classic, but unfortunately the movie feels just a bit too mainstream (and too uneventful also) for it to be one.

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