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Blood Beast Terror Reviews

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September 11, 2013
For Peter Cushing's self professed worst film, it does have a lot of cult appeal. To be fair though he was probably right, it is not that engaging.
April 24, 2012
From Tigon British Film Productions, (Witchfinder General (1968) and Blood on Satan's Claw (1971)), this is a very low budget horror film directed by Vernon Sewell, who did other B-Movies like Some May Live (1967) and Curse of the Crimson Altar (1968), this is a very silly horror film but it doesn't outstay it's welcome. There's been a series of murders in a small community just outside London, coachman Joe Trigger (Leslie Anderson) has been driven to insanity by claiming he saw a creature kill one victim. So, Scotland Yard send Detective Inspector Quennell (Peter Cushing) and his assistant, Sergeant Allan (Glynn Edwards) to investigate. Their first port of call is the house of entomology professor Dr. Carl Mallinger (Robert Flemyng) as two of his students were tragic victims, but he denies knowing of any such involvement. Meanwhile, naturalist Frederick Britewell (William Wilde) has just returned from Africa with some specimens for Dr. Mallinger. Britewell falls for Mallinger's daughter Clare (Wanda Ventham), but there's something about Clare that just doesn't seem right at all. It's a quite cheap and cheesy horror film, done on a pittance and it shows, it does have it's moments, including Roy Hudd stealing the film as a morgue assistant who's always eating. It manages to be a worthwhile timepiece from when horror films weren't nasty and brutal.
July 20, 2011
This has to be a first for me, a film starring Peter Cushing that I didn't enjoy. But I have read that Cushing counted it as one of the worst films he appeared in, so I shouldn't really be surprised. Cushing shines head and shoulders above the rest of the cast but that is not hard with this bunch. "The Blood Beast Terror" is a truly frightful travesty of a film. The plot about gigantic vampire moths although ludicrous, is fine for a horror film. It's just a shame that the makers clearly had no idea what to do. This is made apparent by the way the film struggles to fill out its 80 minute run time. It is padded out with over long drawn-out shots before a cut-a-away. Mind numbing dialogue that is pointless to the plot. A good five minutes is even taken up by the meaningless scene of a group of students putting on a play for the master of the house. But the most unintelligent bit of film padding is when Cushing's Detective character discovers a cellar full of human skeletons. He then takes off his jacket to brush off the cobwebs, and then puts it back on before going to inform someone. It would be comical if it wasn't so bad. A big disappointment from a film studio that in the same year released one of the greatest horrors ever `The Witchfinder General' starring Vincent Price.
July 10, 2011
"The Blood Beast Terror" must surely be one of Britain's crappiest ever movie. Cushing counted it as the worst of the many movies he appeared in. This one ticks all the requirements of the genre. A stupid plot. No rational explanation is ever given as to why Mallinger should want to breed gigantic bloodsucking moths; the only explanation needed is that he is a scientist and scientists in this type of movie are, by definition, mad. Wooden acting. Wanda Ventham as Clare is particularly deficient in this respect. Inane dialogue. And (most important of all) bad special effects. We only get to see brief glimpses of Clare in her moth form, but what we do see is enough to convince us that Mallinger has not only created a monster, he has created one of the most ludicrously unconvincing monsters of all time. The special effects budget must have been next to nothing. You'll be doing yourself a favour by not watching this tripe.
July 3, 2011
Peter Cushing described this as the worst film he ever made. Who am I to disagree with the great man. Shoddy editing, shocking screenplay and awful Giant Moth/woman.
July 3, 2011
Generally a very weak film... The ending solidified that particular point and it really should (and could) have been done a lot better. The story revolves around some woman who can transform into a giant moth and then kills people! It's an interesting premise, but quite frankly done terribly!
August 12, 2010
A truly silly pulp British horror film that features Peter Cushing as a detective trying to track down a bizarre killer than ends up being a gigantic moth that masquerades as a hot young woman in order to seduce men into her clutches. A fun but pointless and idiotic horror film.
½ July 19, 2010
Enjoyable but ridiculous B-movie horror.
June 14, 2010
One of the many low budget horror / b-movie films Amicus made during the '60s. Amicus have a reputation of being a poor man's Hammer (which they were), but to be fair this film is actually better than many of the Hammers (Frankenstein Created Woman? Lust For A Vampire?). Basically it's about a young woman who turns into a giant moth and terrorizes people in a wood in Victorian England. For me, that's got at least a couple of boxes ticked.
½ May 2, 2010
A giant blood-sucking moth, a demented scientist, and lots of tea-sipping Brits. Good stuff.
December 15, 2009
I have a soft spot for this movie despite the fact that Peter Cushing described it as the worst film he ever made. It's a curious little piece, with some unintentionally amusing dialogue, and the wonder of Wanda Ventham, transforming not only herself, but her heavy Victorian frock and bustle also, into a giant man-draining moth.
I love it.
October 1, 2008
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