Night of the Big Heat 1972

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Sci-fi horror film based on the novel by John Lymington, starring Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing. When a freak heatwave sends the temperature soaring on the remote island of Fara, the locals, including Dr Vernon Stone (Cushing) and novelist Jeffrey Callum (Patrick Allen), are left dazed by the rising temperature. When Callum is reunited with his former mistress Angela Roberts (Jane Merrow), the atmosphere becomes even more tense. It is left to Godfrey Hanson (Lee), a visitor to the island, to solve the mystery of the deadly soaring temperatures.

Starring:
Patrick Allen, Christopher Lee
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DVD, Blu-ray

Night of the Big Heat

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 20 minutes
Starring Patrick Allen, Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing
Director Terence Fisher
Genres Science Fiction
Studio ODEON ENTERTAINMENT
Rental release 28 July 2014
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 20 minutes
Starring Patrick Allen, Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing
Director Terence Fisher
Genres Science Fiction
Studio ODEON ENTERTAINMENT
Rental release 28 July 2014
Main languages English

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Victor HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 12 Oct. 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Starring the dream team of Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing, and directed by Horror legend Terrence Fisher, this is a decent little Sci-Fi thriller from the late `60s.

The set up is quite simple, during the depths of winter a Scottish Island (not noted for their temperate weather at the best of times!) is in the grip of a heatwave. Is it a freak of nature, or, as Christopher Lee's scientist thinks, could it be an alien invasion?

Following a series of unexplained deaths, the islanders start to realise the truth and start to fight against whatever it is that threatens them. Fisher takes a while to build the scenario up, but once the film gets going it's a decent taught thriller, with well crafted suspense and action.

The aliens are (wisely!) kept off screen until the last, tense, showdown, which just adds to the suspense. The only let down is the very final scene, which seems a bit of a `War of the Worlds' rip off, and very rushed.

A film with flaws, but an entertaining way to spend 90 minutes.

The DVD presentation is OK, the film is in original 16:9 widescreen with a mono soundtrack. There has been no remastering, and the picture quality is a bit grainy in places. There is an interesting audio commentary with Christopher Lee, screen writers Pip and Jane Baker and film historian Marcus Hearn. There is also a really good 24 pg booklet with a nice essay on the genesis and making of the film, and in interview with Jane Merrow who played the female attraction.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Williams on 9 Sept. 2014
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This blu ray release is fantastic. Superb print and I am sure will never be seen any better than this.
Looking forward to - Curse of the Crimson Alter - and Island of Terror if they are going to be as good transfers as this.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By E. A. Redfearn TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 20 July 2007
Format: DVD
First released in 1967, this little sci-fi pic has stood the test of time. Although made on a low budget, it is enhanced by the presence of a great cast, Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Patrick Allen, Jane Merrow, Sarah Lawson and Kenneth Cope. It was first shown on television as a mid week television drama during 1959 it was reminiscence of the sci-fi dramas which were around at the time (this was the era of Quatermass). This is the film version which more or less follows the original script based on a novel written by John Lymington. The story evolves around a small community who live on an island which is experiencing an unusually severe heat wave during November. Lee plays Godfrey Hanson a scientist who believes that the heat is being caused by creatures from a distance star who are using high frequency radio waves to transport to earth for an invasion. The islanders dismiss him as a crank; however, numerous deaths from the severe heat prompt them into action in order to save themselves from being burnt alive by the invaders. There is a sub plot involving a novelist Jeffrey Callum (Patrick Allen) who meets up with his former mistress Angela Roberts (Jane Merrow) which adds to the tension. It ends with a climax which seems rather rushed but it is satisfactory nonetheless.

The disc is supplemented by a 24 page booklet which contains a lot of useful information for movie buffs, trailers for Hammer movies, and an audio commentary by Christopher Lee, screenwriters Pip and Jane Baker, and film historian Marcus Hearn.

Picture is very good, showing much detail in the darker scenes. Sound is mono, but more than adequate taking into consideration the sound effects used for the aliens. A great buy.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By horror king on 29 July 2014
Format: Blu-ray
This sf movie comes from PLANET FILMS a company that was around in the 60s and 70s.It has a great cast including the great CUSHING and LEE.The story line i wont go into to much as i dont want to spoil it for those who have not seen the movie all i will say is an island is having a heat wave and there are unexplained deaths .The disc itself the col and sound are very good far better than the DD dvd some years ago and on the extra front we get an interview with MR LEE and a photo gal.its a shame there is no trailer.Its great to see this movie come out and it shows you dont need a movie with a load of money spent on it with nothing but cgi in how many of these have we had and they have been forgotten within a week yet a movie like NOTBH was made with hardly any money is still going strong today.We should also thank ODEON for given us some nice horror films from the 60s and 70s we praise ARROW for there great discs but ODEON has just seemed to have come from nowhere with there great movies.SO if you enjoy a good b movie this is a must.Well done ODEON
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By David L Rattigan VINE VOICE on 8 Aug. 2008
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This is all pretty cheesy, and the print's faded, but if you're a fan of '60s British horror and sci-fi, you won't be disappointed. The cast is populated with stalwarts of the genre, even if the great Peter Cushing's appearance is more of a cameo than a starring role.

I always found this one to have great atmosphere. The extras on this DVD release are top-quality, too.
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By joe kidd on 18 Mar. 2015
Format: Blu-ray
Once again Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee team up in this british sci- fi movie from 1967 .and make it worth watching. plus Patrick Allen and Jane Morrow add support., directed by Terence Fisher. PQ is good in 10.80i, on this blu ray.
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