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Nightbeast (1982)

A creature from outer space crash lands in a small town and starts killing people.


Don Dohler, Dave Geatty (uncredited)


Don Dohler




Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Griffith Tom Griffith ... Sheriff Cinder
Jamie Zemarel Jamie Zemarel ... Jamie Lambert
Karin Kardian Karin Kardian ... Lisa Kent
George Stover ... Steven Price
Don Leifert ... Drago
Anne Frith Anne Frith ... Ruth Sherman
Eleanor Herman Eleanor Herman ... Mary Jane
Richard Dyszel ... Mayor Bert Wicker
Greg Dohler Greg Dohler ... Greg
Kim Pfeiffer Kim Pfeiffer ... Kim (as Kim Dohler)
Monica Neff Monica Neff ... Suzie
Glenn Barnes Glenn Barnes ... Glenn
Rose Wolfe Rose Wolfe ... Glenn's Girl
Jerry Schuerholz Jerry Schuerholz ... Hunter
Hank Stuhmer Hank Stuhmer ... Hunter


Baltimore filmaker Don Dohler does an update on his 1979 film "The Alien Factor" this time only a single alien(reptilian looking)crash landing near a small town and going on a rampage. Written by Humberto Amador

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His Hands Tear Through Flesh and Bone! See more »


Horror | Sci-Fi


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An initial attempt at making this film in 1979 with a different director didn't pan out. See more »


Suzie's shirt goes from being unbuttoned to buttoned up as she's attempting to leave her house. See more »


[first lines]
Hunter: What the hell was that?
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This film really starts with a bang!
25 May 2020 | by Aaron1375See all my reviews

I first looked at this page and saw that it had a four rating before I had watched it, so when I started watching it, I am like this is so cool, why is the score so low? Well, unfortunately, the film slows down immensely and becomes standard low budget monster on the loose with plot points and characters that add absolutely nothing to the movie except padding. Which is a shame, because it is great when it first begins as it is nonstop action and killing which distracts one from the bad acting. When this great opening slows, you notice it way too much as you just wish the monster would hurry up and kill someone else!

So, the story has a ship in space hitting a meteor which causes it to plummet to Earth. An alien gets out and its ship explodes leaving it stranded on Earth. Instead of doing the E.T. thing of trying to phone home, this one decides, hell, I'm going to kill everyone I see! Yes, he uses a blaster to start disintegrating everyone, even children! If you get in close to him, he kills you with his hands! A sheriff tries to stop him and manages to get a person capable of shooting the monster's laser gun out of the monster's hand. It is at this point the movie goes downhill as we have to watch a character named Drago challenge the sheriff's authority and strangle a woman and the mayor of the town worrying about the governor of the state coming for a visit. The monster just appears to infrequently after the super great start so you notice that the film has horrible actors and just is not as fun anymore as that whole Drago thing went nowhere as far as having anything to do with the plot.

The first portion of the film is a highlight, and I understand that you cannot go at that fast pace for a super extended time; especially, when you have such a low budget, but save it till the end! It was so cool watching the monster just blast everyone that it is such a drastic tempo change after the monster looses his gun, I kept hoping he'd fix it and maybe blast up the party the mayor was having, but no, the monster does not show up making for a long line of scenes having nothing to do with the alien. Drago was the worst, here was one guy you want to see get ripped to shreds, and he gets killed in a normal manner.

So, this movie does start out on fire and I do find the makers did a good job with the monster on the very small budget. There are also some nice shots of the monster in the shadows looking ominous. The film slows down to a snail's pace once the monster no longer has his weapon which is a shame. Still a couple of nice kills to be seen, but nothing like the craziness that is the first 15 or so minutes. Also a warning to anyone who watches this film as it contains a sex scene that most of you will not want to see! I saw it coming and was like "NOOOO!"

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November 1982 (USA) See more »

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Terror from the Unknown See more »

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Perry Hall, Maryland, USA See more »


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$42,000 (estimated)
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1.37 : 1
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