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NIGHT OF THE BLOOD BEAST
1958 / Horror, Sci-Fi
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Directed by Bernard L. Kowalski
Written by Martin Varno
Starring Michael Emmet, Angela Greene, John Baer, Ed Nelson, Tyler McVey and Georgianna Carter

An astronaut is killed on reentry to Earth, but his body is seeded with rapidly gestating aliens.

The following tags are associated with this movie: aliens, monster
Night of the Blood Beast (1958)
Review by Michael Mahoney

5 / 10
Despite the fun title, this late 50's flick, produced by Roger Corman, ends up being a pretty dull affair.

There are portions of the film which do possess a decent atmosphere. Due to the small cast, there's a sense of seclusion prominent also, which I think helps add to the feeling of dread (it's never quite captured well, but that was the intent). A few decent shots of blood certainly helped a little, but given the design of the monster was pretty laughable, it's somewhat hard to take seriously.

The cast did just as well as you would expect. Nothing too over-the-top, nothing too hammy, but also nothing that really positively stood out. Michael Emmet, Angela Greene, John Baer, Ed Nelson, Tyler McVey, and Georgianna Carter put in adequate enough performances, and though far from great, I somewhat doubt the acting would be one's main concern when watching the film.

Really, it just comes down to the fact that it's a slow-going movie. No, nothing as bad as Curse of the Faceless Man, which came out the same year, but if you get through this without feeling either bored or drowsy, I award you. The director of this picture, Bernard Kowalski, also directed the more enjoyable Attack of the Giant Leeches (from 1959) and much later, Sssssss (1973, which is also up on this site).

From his horror legacy, such as it is, I imagine many would consider Night of the Blood Beast to be his least favorable entry to the genre. Perhaps, for a dark and rainy night, this movie's atmosphere could be amplified to an almost-threatening nature, but in most cases, this is a pretty weak film. Sad to say that my views haven't much changed since the last time I saw it.
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