Flesh for the Beast Reviews
Six paranormal experts arrive at an old house to begin their studies. They have limited resources but an abundance of expertise. Shortly after arriving in the house they are confronted by a host of ghosts that utilize temptation to lure the experts to their deaths.
"It's a house. Nothing more."
Terry West delivers Flesh of the Beast in his major motion picture directorial debut. The storyline for this picture is fairly standard for the haunted house genre. There isn't anything overly original; however, the kill sequences and gore elements were entertaining. The quality of film and special effects is limited and the acting is well below average. The cast includes Jane Scarlett, Sergio Jones, and Clarke Beasley.
"Just lay back and enjoy the ride."
I watched this movie as part of a Grondhouse box set and was surprised with several aspects of this film. This definitely is not a "good movie," but it does have some "so bad it is good" elements that kept it entertaining. This is a movie worth watching if you are in the mood to watch a bad horror picture.
"Does a hallucination feel like this?"
It had been skulking around in the shadows of my to-watch pile for a very long time. Every time I'd considered putting it on, something had happened to stop me. Call it fate, call it coincidence, call it some shade of luck - something had stopped me. Until now.
I will summarise the film first, in neutral terms -
A group of psychic investigators are invited to cleanse a notorious haunted house by its reclusive wealthy owner. Many previous teams have tried and failed, at his behest (the trying, not the failure) - but this team is hopeful of success because of their newest member - a young woman with unusually powerful clairvoyant abilities.
The house's owner warns them that some of the manifestations of the spirit that infests the house have been remarkably harsh - perhaps worse than they might have had to deal with before.
It's a bit like Most Haunted.
Something else that I knew about it, that the casual viewer might not be privvy to, was that it was a low-budget horrorific splat-fest, from a production team previously known for ridiculous soft-core porn - titles including The Lord of the G-Strings: The Femaleship of the String and The Sexy Sixth Sense.
Undeterred (like a fool), I continued.
The film is officially 89 minutes long, and yet somehow watching it took about four hours. I cannot understand this at all - unless it is some insidious effect of the spiritual manifestations. Or because time seems to dilate and expand when under the influence of massive levels of tedium.
Flesh For The Beast is terribly, indescribably, dull.
The house is inhabited by a group of irresistibly sexy, wanton succubi - female demons who prey on idiotic men through manipulating their helpless sexual desires. The house's owner is in league with these evil creatures, providing group after group of psychics for them to feed on, under the pretence of ridding the house of its haunting.
Oh, that's a spoiler.
So is this: the young psychic girl is one of these she-demons too!
So, you make a low-budget horror film about irresistibly sexy devil women. You need them to seduce male characters and then rend them to giblets and bits. I suggest that you might not simply choose the first actresses prepared to get their fannies out and play in fake blood. Perhaps you might want to be patient during casting, and see if you could audition some actresses who were actually attractive. And if not attractive, at least not weirdly unpleasant-looking.
These evil women were annoying and unappealing. And preposterously, somehow became even less enticing once they'd thrown off their clothes to display the butcher's window to the hapless blokes. Really horrible.
Perhaps that's a little unfair to criticize?
Well, this isn't: Flesh For The Beast is badly-scripted, badly-shot, badly-edited, badly-lit, badly-acted, hopelessly dreary, non-frightening, ugly, irritating and just hard to watch.
There is a lot of blood and gore on display, but to be honest with you, by the time it really started spraying across the screen I was deep into fast-forward territory. Otherwise I feared the rotten film might simply never end. Ever.
Some truly bizarre scenes caused me to resume normal-speed playback on occasion though. Including one almost-indescribable sequence of naked ugly women with horrible tits carousing in the entrails and bits of some slain victims. It looked exactly how a video for the 80s rock band Heart would have looked, if they'd released a single called "I can't wait to repeatedly rub your spilled guts all up my tits."
Exactly like that.
This film is useless. Please don't watch it, anybody.
The only rating appropriate is: 2
Some of the music is indeed by Buckethead. One song which gets repeated every so often and consists of Buckethead shouting "Flesh for the beast!" over and over.
As for the special appearances I had no idea who Caroline Munro and Aldo Sanbrell were but after a Google search I found out Caroline Munro is an actress that has played in many older horror films and a James Bond film. However in Flesh for the Beast she plays a very small role as gypsy lady. As for Aldo Sanbrell it turns out it's actually the actor of spaghetti westerns Aldo SaMbrell. It's rather shameful to misspell the name of your special appearance on your front cover.
Speaking of the front cover, despite it being obviously heavily photoshopped I'm sure the three women shown aren't actually in the film. There are three women in the film but they don't look anything like the women on the cover.
The story starts of a bit like House on a Haunted Hill. A creepy man invites a group of people (one of which looks a lot like the Candyman) to a house with a dark history. These guests are parapsychologists and set off individually to investigate the house. Soon enough they start getting killed off one by one. This is where the "sexy demons" appear. As succubus like creatures the seduce a man and then kill him. Sadly it's really not as arousing as it sounds. There is also a subplot about an amulet running through the story.
As for the "horde of slaughtering zombies" it's actually five ghosts which appear and disappear without doing anything.
The death scenes were all right. There were one or two plot twists which were fun but over all Flesh for the Beast is an average low budget horror film.
Une equipe de Ghostbusters se fait dessouder dans une maison hantee.
Tres vide, tres creux, tres chiant.
How they got classic italian/cult classic actors like Caroline Munro and Aldo Sambrell - I have no idea.
This is your basic group of supernatural investigators come to a old mansion and get off'ed one by one, only here its flesh eating succubi. It just doesn't entertain enough, and I can't see the comparisons to Fulci movies that I've been reading about in certain reviews. The DVD does have a trailer for Blood Feast 2 by Herschel Gordon Lewis (40 years later!), which I now want to see!