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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:
... Harry Caulder
... Catherine Hutton
... Sgt. Royko
... Lt. Piantadosi
Lena Pousette ... Marie
... Capt. Pearson
... Hoagy
... Dr. Dimitrios
Eleanor Zee ... Mrs. Selden
... Mrs. Hench
... Ruth Hutton
... Moose
Laura Burkett ... Girl in Sand
Marleta Giles ... Girlfriend
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)  »

Also Known As:

La playa del terror  »


Box Office


$2,000,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The movie had a tagline that directly spoofed the one for Jaws 2 (1978), "Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water", by saying instead, "Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water--you can't get to it". See more »


Clearly shown above Harry and Catherine's heads 34 minutes in. 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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Referenced in Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship & Videotape (2010) See more »


Flesh and Blood
Words and Music by Darrell Fetty
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Textbook B-grade horror, sometimes slow, but has its moments.
3 September 2007 | by See 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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