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Plot: A Scotland Yard Detective (Peter Cushing) must investigate a series of murders perpetrated by a giant blood-sucking moth that can take human form.
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Quaint and cheesy British horror fare
A Hammer imitation from Tony Tensor’s Tigon films, only made on a lower budget and with noticeably less enthusiasm, THE BLOOD BEAST TERROR is actually a lot more entertaining than it really ought to be. The film is obviously made on a lower budget than Hammer had to play around with at the time and this occasionally shows through, particularly in the creature’s costume. However, once again a fine British cast are assembled for the job, veteran director Vernon Sewell puts in a solid if unremarkable job, the script is literate, the locations good and the movie well-filmed. THE BLOOD BEAST TERROR manages to be atmospheric in places, especially in the woods at night, and its colourful and enjoyable to look at throughout with adequate production values.
The saving grace of the film is Peter Cushing, who actually considered this his worst movie, but then perhaps he didn’t remember NO SECRETS. Cushing is typically cast as the detective who investigates the series of (surprisingly bloody for the time) crimes but unfortunately he doesn’t take much of a role in the action. Cushing fans will always remember his strenuous battles with Christopher Lee’s Dracula and his surprising agility and strength in the physical scenes in his films, but there’s none of that here. Still, Cushing is excellent as usual in his part, investing Quennell with mannerisms and typical quirkiness to make him an appealing character.
The film is rather episodic in nature, with lots of mini-climaxes before the ending, but thankfully its also rather short and doesn’t outstay its welcome. There’s a definite lull in the action about halfway through involving some amateur dramatics which seem to be out of place in this horror yarn, but otherwise its pretty solid. The scientific explanation behind the monster’s creation is very hazy and disguised with lots of paraphernalia and props to make it seem believable and it just about works. As for the creature, it appears laughable rather than scary, with red ping pong ball eyes and a skin-tight costume with wings, but this adds to the unintentional humour rather than detracting too much from the flow of the movie.
Robert Flemyng (best known for his turn as the sleazy necrophiliac in Italy’s THE TERRIBLE DR HICHCOCK) is very good in his part as the disturbed doctor who eventually turns his back on his experiments and proves to be an adequate foil for Cushing’s hero. The female cast members take more prominent parts than usual, particularly Wanda Ventham as the young temptress. Vanessa Howard (GIRLY) is nice and sweet playing Cushing’s daughter, but is a bit underused and isn’t menaced enough, whilst Roy Hudd gets some great macabre humour as a morgue assistant who has his lunch at the feet of a corpse (although I was distracted by the “corpse’s” feet, which kept twitching). Altogether, the positive points of this film outweigh the bad and fans of British horror may find it quaint and enjoyable, although it definitely could have been spiced up a bit with more action and excitement.
Bad acting, a nonsensical plot and ludicrous special effects- is this Britain’s worst-ever movie?
Horror films were a major feature of the British cinema in the sixties and seventies, largely because such matter could not be seen on television, the broadcasting companies regarding it as being unfit for family viewing. Even a novelty song as innocuous as Bobby Pickett’s “Monster Mash” was blacklisted by the BBC for more than a decade because of its allegedly “morbid” subject-matter. (When the ban was finally lifted in 1973 the song went to No. 3 in the charts, providing Pickett with an unexpected British hit).
The best-known British horror film studio was, of course, Hammer Film Productions. Tigon British Film Productions were less-known than their rivals but did make two of the most notable British horror films of the sixties, “The Sorcerers” and “Witchfinder General”, both directed by Michael Reeves. “The Blood Beast Terror”, however, is not a film in the same class.
The film starts out as a Sherlock Holmes-type murder mystery. It stars Peter Cushing, who had played Holmes himself in the 1959 version of “The Hound of the Baskervilles” and in a BBC television series. The setting is somewhere in England, some time in the late Victorian period. Inspector Quennell, a Scotland Yard detective, is sent to investigate a series of grisly murders in the English countryside. All the victims are young men, and all have had their throats torn open and their blood drained.
Quennell begins to suspect that the killer may be some sort of creature rather than a human being, and his investigations centre upon a country mansion named Clare House, the home of a renowned entomologist named Dr Carl Mallinger. Eventually the bizarre truth emerges. Mallinger, it transpires, has been conducting a series of experiments to breed a gigantic carnivorous moth, which has been killing the victims to feed on their blood. The moth also has the strange property (and I am not making this up) of being able to transform itself into an attractive young woman, whom Mallinger passes off as his daughter, Clare.
During the 1950s the science-fiction and horror genres gained an unenviable reputation for bad acting, nonsensical plots and cheap and unconvincing special effects. At this period it was America that was responsible for most of the worst offenders, Ed Wood’s “Plan 9 from Outer Space” being the most widely cited example, although there were many others. The British film industry was a slow starter in this regard, but by the sixties it was catching up and we Brits could soon proudly boast that we could make horror films every bit as bad as those produced by our transatlantic cousins.
“The Blood Beast Terror” must surely be Britain’s strongest gold medal contender in the Official Rubbish Horror Film Olympics. Cushing counted it as the worst of the many films he appeared in (and, let’s face it, he appeared in some shockers). This one ticks all the requirements of the genre. Stupid plot- tick. 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- tick. Wanda Ventham as Clare is particularly deficient in this respect. Inane dialogue- tick. And (most important of all) bad special effects- tick, tick, tick. 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 run to about half-a-crown at the most. All these achievements suggest that “The Blood Beast Terror” has a strong claim to be regarded as the worst-ever British horror film- indeed, as the worst-ever British film, full stop. It is only the second film in more than 500 I have reviewed that I have awarded the minimum mark. 1/10.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 28 min (88 min), 1 hr 20 min (80 min) (DVD) (USA)
Director Vernon Sewell
Writer Peter Bryan
Actors Peter Cushing, Robert Flemyng, Wanda Ventham
Country United Kingdom
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Mono
Aspect Ratio 1.66 : 1
Laboratory Movielab, USA (uncredited) (US prints)
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm