The Beast of the Yellow Night - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Beast of the Yellow Night Reviews

Page 1 of 2
September 7, 2015
John Ashley turns into a werewolf that resembles Jim Carrey's Grinch in Eddie Romero's boring drive-in movie gorefest.
October 8, 2014
This film confirms that the United States doesn't have the monopoly on bad acting. A movie from the Philippines, its fun bits include bad Foley overdubbing of footsteps (check out the hard heels clicking on the cemetery grass), yellow smoke that materializes from nowhere with no explanation, recitation of lines that sounds like it is coming from pre-high school level readers looking at cue cards without their glasses, and makeup that looks like it cost at least ten dollars. Good points: Julia's mini-skirts, a TITillating love scene early in the proceedings, repeated boob grabbing (et cetera), cool prison window bars made of rubber, the number 69, and apparently, James Brown playing the "werewolf/Mr. Hyde" character. There are some interesting changes in lighting that may be due to different film stock, the main actor's (heavily resembling Glenn Frey from the Eagles) occasional lapses into a Southern accent (possibly due to his Elvis hair and sideburns when not a monster), a nurse who doesn't know how to perform CPR correctly and gives up almost immediately to boot, a detective who says he will question the FOX (I think he meant facts, but hey, accents can change, see above), a devil cult leader who I believe is supposed to be the devil himself (they don't really prove or disprove this idea), and crazy out-of-control islanders (the Beatles SAID this place - the Philippines - was a nut house!). So, what's the story? Well, the main guy is supposed to be returned to life due to the actions of the cult leader or devil guy. Why? Confusingly written. It seems as though it forgets its own plot as it plods along. Another promising love-a-rub-dub scene culminates in another monster transformation, and he eludes the cops, fleeing off into the night, or is it day, or is it night? (the sky keeps changing) The monster flees to a blind man's hut since he was earlier helped by him. The wife is catatonic after finding James Brown in her bed in place of her Elvis husband. Soon, the blind man helps him elude the cops and the trigger-happy soldiers that are helping them. Then, they suddenly for no reason turn around to give up, but blind man gets shot by a soldier anyway. Dying, he asks the monster to pray for him. When the monster finally starts to, one of the cops shoots him, and this time the bullets work (for the whole movie they have had no effect on him). Everyone stands around to watch him die and change back to his Elvis self, only now his hair is gray (since he's supposed to be "originally" much older than his reincarnated version) but he lacks any wrinkles. Must have been that South Seas air. Finally, we see a snake in the trees who apparently is talking with the voice of the devil guy, as the yellow smoke yet again returns. There is no yellow night anywhere in the film, and the "beast" is out during the day as well as the night, so not sure where the title came from. Rating: D?
March 26, 2014
There's not much horror, and what there is can often be too dark to discern, but the film does improve after a slow start at least achieving mediocre status, including the witty banter of Diaz's omnipotence, and equally, moronic dialogue from the sultry Wilcox. There's a couple of twists (e.g. the banished blind man with whom Ashley forms an alliance) that generate some interest and the climax in the tall grass lends some sympathy to Ashley's condemned character, but don't expect too much for your time.
½ May 10, 2013
Bit of a Mr. Hyde story, but slower, duller, and unmemorable. The characters aren't great, the dialog is mostly bland, and the plot overall stinks. Some of the makeup is alright, but otherwise, the film doesn't offer much.
½ June 10, 2008
The Philippines location filming is about the only interesting thing about this monster horror film. The acting isn't too bad, but the plot is just awful.
December 5, 2006
Beast of the Yellow Night
Starring: John Ashley, Mary Wilcox, Eddie Garcia, Vic Diaz, and Ken Metcalfe
Director: Eddie Romero


Joseph Langdon (Ashley) sells his soul to Satan (Diaz) in order to avoid certain death. Satan gives him a new life as Phillip Rogers, a successful American businessman living in the Phillipines, with the express instructions to tempt those he encounters to commit corrupt and evil acts. However, he cannot bring himself to destroy Rogers' loving wife, Julia (Wilcox), nor his honorable best friend, Earl (Metcalfe). Whenever he rebels in this fashion, however, he is transformed into an unstoppable, murderous demon and remains in his form until he has eaten the flesh of a human being. Will Langdon be able to break his deal with Satan before the transformations become permanent... and before Julia falls beneath the claws of the Beast?

"Beast of the Yellow Night" is a decent low-budget chiller. The acting and camera work is mostly pedestrian, although there are some nice flourishes when Langdon is conversing with Satan. The script is fast paced and it provides all the elements that one expects from a tale of this sort. A great weakness of the film, however, is that it hardly shows any of Langdon's efforts to fulfill his pact with Satan. (There are some vague hints, but I'm certain that someone who is as evil as Langdon seems to be at the beginning of the film would be working merrily toward his goal... at least until he encountered the truly decent Julia and Earl.)

This is by no means a spectacular film, but it's watchable.
Page 1 of 2