Story is set in Victorian England where bodies have been piling up completely drained of blood and Police Inspector Quennell (Peter Cushing) has taken over the case. They go out on a hunt together and accidentally stumble upon Mallinger and Clare's hiding place and narrowly become victims themselves. The exception to this is the iconic presence of Peter Cushing, a stalwart campaigner, who refuses to let the direction, script, or furry suit get the better of him and provides a sterling performance that drags the film up by the scruff of the neck. A proof that the Hammer studios weren't the only ones who were able to create timeless, compelling horror. Fans of creature features may think that the moth beast looks a lot like the bee monster in Roger Corman's THE WASP WOMAN. GREGOR STEWART tells about some of the witch memorials that have been setup around Scotland to pay tribute to them. Scales are left at the crime scene and the victims all suffered nasty lacerations where teeth had been gnawing, draining their blood, eating their flesh. There's absolutely no tension to detect in this film. The Blood Beast Terror is a film that will not end, packed with an endless stream of pointless scenes that serve no other purpose than to pad out an already ridiculous story with very little promise. "Enjoyable on the cheesier side of British horror.". He is the sixth to have been killed; all the victims are men, they all have damage to the thorax and all have been drained of blood. Quennell consults with entomology professor Mallinger (Robert Flemyng) about the scales found at the crimes scenes, whose strange behavior makes the inspector very suspicious. Underrated and easily overlooked 'The Blood Beast Terror' might be cheap but it has some redeeming features for a sympathetic and willing watcher; not least a well in hand lead performance from the film's star Peter Cushing. You have the detective searching for the causes behind grisly(..though, unseen)murders. Spooky Isles is a website dedicated to horror & supernatural in the UK & Ireland, including ghost stories, horror films and haunted and mysterious places! A great title, a great score, a great actor in Peter Cushing let down by a poor script/dialogue and small budget. This is no world-beater, but it's an adequate time-waster. The Blood Lust of a frenzied vampire ! The script drifts into the doldrums now and then,and the comic relief isn't always well-conceived, but a rich atmosphere and a measure of unpredictability carry the film through. The blacks and blues are especially deep, but the overall clarity and contrast of the film is of higher quality than expected and definitely better than the movie deserved. All of the corpses have been drained of blood, which prompts the characters to start hypothesizing about strange wildlife. When you mention 1960's British horror films, most people are going to think of Hammer. An above average cast led by Hammer legend Peter Cushing, Robert Flemyng ('The Terrible Dr. Hitchcock') and Wanda Ventham (of cult TV series 'UFO'), and produced by the same company that made the excellent 'Witchfinder General' and one of the best non-Hammer movies Cushing was ever involved with, 'The Creeping Flesh'. Is this the worst film Peter Cushing ever made (he seemed to think so) Anything is possible, But I'd have to see the rest of what he's made to see what beats BLOOD BEAST TERROR a not so nifty movie about a giant killer moth. While it isn't an absolute waste of time, it's nowhere near as good as 'The Creeping Flesh' or any Hammer movie from the same period. So do you think that moths are scary? We see how the mastermind's own creation causes enough problems with her feeding habits that he must hit the road with the detective in steady pursuit soon making the startling discovery that a giant killer moth is doing in innocent men. For rabid Peter Cushing fans only. Director: Vernon Sewell. But it does have Peter Cushing who is always fun to watch and I have to give credit for the writers to try to bring a somewhat more original monster to the screen than just another rehash in the Vampire or Frankenstein vein. Dr. Mallinger (Robert Flamyng) and the stunningly beautiful female resident in his mansion are behaving suspiciously, so Cushing goes undercover in rural Britain. In the United States it was released by Pacemaker Pictures on a double-bill with Slaughter of the Vampires under the title The Vampire Beast Craves Blood. Having successfully arrived in the village incognito, Meg befriends William (David Griffin), a young man who catches butterflies and moths to study them under his microscope. Read ANDY BOYLAN’s full review of The Blood Beast Terror and other horror film reviews on his blog Taliesin Meets The Vampire, here. He has almost completed engineering a mate for her, but needs human blood to keep it alive and maturing in its giant cocoon. This may possibly involve the esteemed insect expert Professor Mallinger (Robert Flemyng) and his frosty daughter Clare (Wanda Ventham). Her potential boyfriend, William(David Griffin), a bug catcher will also face certain peril due to his killing a deaths-head moth for his collection. Ignore the most negative of the comments, "The Blood Beast Terror" is not total garbage. There are no compression or DNR issues to speak of, and it’s hard to imagine The Blood Beast Terror looking better during its original theatrical run. [Review] Giallo Tribute ‘The Night Sitter’ Is a Dreamlike Visual Treat. Peter Bryan’s script is to blame, leaving out important bits of information like whether Mallinger created a moth creature who is a human by day or had a daughter he experimented on. It soon transpires that Mallinger during the course of his research, turned his daughter Clare (Wanda Ventham) into a creature that can turn herself into a giant Death's Head moth, which thrives on human blood. 2 out of 10. There is a horrible creature out in the English countryside committing a series of horrible murders, and inspector Peter Cushing has to investigate these and protect niece Wanda Ventham from the dangers in the sky. 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. Naturally, the creature feeds on the blood of male victims in its moth form. Dealing with a loony entomologist , Robert Flemying, who transforms a being between a giant DeathsHead moth and a beautiful woman who feeds on the blood of her victims when she is in the moth form .
Sadly, this is a very wrong perception. But if they’re all like The Blood Beast Terror, we haven’t been missing out on much. The Blood Beast Terror is not a vital British horror picture. Although the plot of this film features a few promising and creative aspects (the still unknown universe of insects! His cute daughter and a bug-worshiping nerd accompany him. Peter Cushing used to refer to THE BLOOD BEAST TERROR as the worst film of his prolific career, and this was enough to keep me from getting the SE DVD of it on R2 from DD Video when I purchased four more second-tier British horrors from the same outfit last year - namely, ISLAND OF TERROR (1966), NIGHT OF THE BIG HEAT (1967), CURSE OF THE CRIMSON ALTAR (1968) and THE CREEPING FLESH (1973).
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