Wednesday, 20 July 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.


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