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The Blood Beast Terror [Blu-ray] [1968]

Peter Cushing , Robert Flemying , Vernon Sewell    Suitable for 12 years and over   Blu-ray
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Peter Cushing, Robert Flemying, Wanda Ventham
  • Directors: Vernon Sewell
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Odeon Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 22 Oct 2012
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008IEMY54
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,705 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Peter Cushing (Dracula, Star Wars)and Wanda Ventham (U F.O, The Lotus Eaters.) star in this spine chilling 1968 British horror classic, directed by Vernon Sewell (Curse Of The Crimson Altar, Burke & Hare). Six young men have been brutally murdered, their throats torn to ribbons and drained of all blood. The sole witness has been consigned to a lunatic asylum, raving about something terrible with gigantic wings... Suspecting that some sort of giant bird of prey may be loose, Inspector Quennell (Peter Cushing) turns to local zoologist Dr. Mallinger (Robert Flemyng) and his beautiful daughter Clare (Wanda Ventham) for help in solving the case. But Mallinger has terrible secrets all of his own secrets that may soon endanger both Quennell and his innocent young daughter Meg (Vanessa Howard)...With a chillingly inventive script by Hammer s Peter Bryan (The Plague Of The Zombies, The Hound Of The Baskervilles), this acclaimed Tigon British production has been extensively digitally remastered and restored for its first-ever Blu-Ray release. Brand New 2K Restoration at BBC Post Production and Studios from the original 35mm Interpostive | Remastered Uncompressed Original Mono Soundtrack | Audio Commentary by 'English Gothic' author Jonathan Rigby and Peter Cushing biographer David Miller | Interview with Wanda Ventham | Theatrical Trailer | Stills Gallery.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Very good transfer, Peter cushing quality as always. Story ok. Creature pathetic. Ending weak. However, any Hammer horror fan must have this in their collection (its not actually by Hammer but dont let that put you off). It actually sits quite well next to all the other recent Hammer bluray releases.I recommend this for if you have all the hammer films and are looking for films of similar feel and content.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Crimes At The Butterfly House 13 April 2011
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
In 19th Century England, a number of unexplained deaths are occuring. The victims, all men, have been found drained of blood. Witnesses to these deaths are no help to the local constabulary, having completely lost their minds. Inspector Quennell(Peter Cushing) believes that some unidentified creature is responsible, due to the wounds on the bodies. The trail of clues leads to the house of renowned entomologist Doctor Carl Mallinger(Robert Flemyng), who lives there with his reclusive daughter Clare(Wanda Ventham). As Quennell continues to investigate, he doesn't realise that his own flesh and blood is in terrible danger, as his daughter Meg(Vannessa Howard) is soon required to feed the insatiable appetite of the beast that craves blood!
In the late 1960's, whilst Hammer films were becoming increasingly reliant on their Dracula and Frankenstein franchises, and Amicus Films concentrated on their Anthology films, it was left to other smaller companies to provide the British public with more diverse fayre. Probably the most famous of these other companies was Tigon, a company set up by exploitation maestro Tony Tenser. Tigon's notable output include that marvellous horror about religious hypocrisy in the Middle Ages, 'The Witchfinder General', another terrific 60's British horror about the spread of a malignant evil in the countryside called 'Blood On Satan's Claw' and the interesting primitive slasher 'The Haunted House Of Horror'. Then there was 'The Blood Beast Terror'. To think of this film in the same league as the afore-mentioned triumphs would be silly as this is a very minor effort in comparison. It does get a very bad press though, which is rather unfair.
For a start, the film was beset with production difficulties. The role of Dr.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Peter Cushing's Worst Film (In His Opinion)... 9 Dec 2013
Format:DVD
...but it really isn't. That honor must go to LAND OF THE MINOTAUR/THE DEVIL'S MEN or the obscure Canadian anthology film THE UNCANNY. What Cushing probably meant was that this was the worst script he'd ever seen (so far) and it's bad but not THAT bad. Cushing and co-star Robert Flemyng (THE HORRIBLE DR HICHCOCK) liven up the proceedings by either injecting very dry humor into some of their line readings or keeping a complete poker face during others. This lends an aura of credibility to THE BLOOD BEAST TERROR (an OK title but it beats the alternate one which is THE VAMPIRE BEAST CRAVES BLOOD) that will either delight Anglophiles like me or have other horror fans reaching for the Fast Forward button on their remotes. If you're a fan of Hammer Horror, then this ersatz version from Tony Tenser's Tigon Productions will have a lot more cache'. The director, Vernon Sewell, would later give us the bad but enjoyable CURSE OF THE CRIMSON ALTAR and the just plain bad BURKE & HARE after which he retired.

BLOOD BEAST is basically a ripoff of Hammer's THE REPTILE which was made the year before. Victorian entymologist (Flemyng) has a daughter (Wanda Ventham - CAPTAIN KRONOS: VAMPIRE HUNTER) who turns into, not a snake woman, but a Death's Head Moth woman. The difference this time around is that the father does it to his daughter himself (rather like Hawthorne's RAPPACINI'S DAUGHTER) instead of it being done to her by outsiders. Cushing is a police inspector investigating a series of bloody murders which have been committed by an unknown assailant. The father is helpful at first but then tries to impede Cushing's progress. Everything builds quite nicely until it's time to fully unveil the monster. Unfortunately the make-up job makes Roger Corman's WASP WOMAN look good and the ending is abrupt and unsatisfactory. This is a beautiful transfer of a quality print but unless you're a Cushing fan, most people's reaction will be, why bother?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Brides "Deaths Head" Revisited. 7 Oct 2013
By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
There is no dressing it up, this is a bad film. It may not be, as Peter Cushing was to say, the worst film he ever made, but it's laughably bad all told. Out of Tigon Productions, it pretty much is what it is, a cheap attempt at trying to give Hammer Film Productions a run for their money. Now the fact is is that Tigon did manage to churn out some decent horrors, in fact in the case of Witchfinder General one of the true greats of Brit horror, but it's stuff like this that really drags their name down.

Entomology Escapades.

Plot is kind of irrelevant since the editing and directing is all over the place, but in a nutshell a "winged" predator is literally sucking the life out of dandy young men in period England. Cushing is the "not so" intrepid copper who can't see the obvious from act 2, and the rest is a sort of reverse Bride of Frankenstein; only with moths! There's a little bit of cleavage, some shrieking and some fiery malarkey, and even a fake play within the play that is actually more fun than the movie!

The effects are awful, where the "moth creature" looks like something that would come last in a fancy dress competition, and the acting away from the ever graceful Cushing is not worthy of an acting credit. Is there fun to be had? Yes, definitely, the whole thing feels like some freaky alternative dream world induced by drinking too much anti-freeze. So get someone to strap yourself up (and by that I mean straight-jacket), imbibe something really potent before hand, and marvel at the sheer incompetence of it all. 3/10
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Times with the Death's Head Moth!
After all the bad press I had read of this film I expected rather a dull affair but was pleasantly surprised by what turned out to be a quirky and thoroughly entertaining film. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Matthew D. Phillips
4.0 out of 5 stars CLASSIC BRITISH HORROR B MOVIE .. OR RATHER MOTH MOVIE
Cushing says this was his worse film although I have read elsewhere that this dubious distinction goes to CORRUPTION. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Paulmak2010
4.0 out of 5 stars the beast is back
i have liked this movie since i saw it in the 60s it was on with witchfinder general boy those were the days. Read more
Published 11 months ago by horror king
5.0 out of 5 stars Horror B movie
I really love this and I'm so please that its finally out on dvd.
I used to watch it in the 1990s for a really good afternoon's fun. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Arthur
2.0 out of 5 stars Peter Cushing's worst film? Almost....
I first saw this film when I was younger on late night TV. I bought this new restored DVD version, in the hope that it would thrill me all over again. Sadly, it didn't. Read more
Published 13 months ago by FJY
5.0 out of 5 stars Deaths Head?
This is one of the Best of the Hammer style Monster Movies in my Opinion!!! It was released by Tigon however and not Hammer! Read more
Published 15 months ago by Darren
5.0 out of 5 stars present for a friend
This was a birthday present, and very well received . . . . . . . . . . .
Published 16 months ago by kml
4.0 out of 5 stars GET IT FOR CUSHING !
This film has always been a guilty pleasure of mine, stupid story, rubbish special effects, but the saving grace is the always wonderful mr cushing, the blu ray transfer is decent... Read more
Published 17 months ago by silenthill666
4.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT BLURAY
This is the best version of this movie - although, sadly, Peter Cushing's least favourite movie. I have had murky DVD versions of this, but the bluray is unquestionably the best... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Mr. Richard Golen
4.0 out of 5 stars Good harmless fun & it looks stunning
This is a film made by Tigon Productions, who produced Witchfinder General and Blood On Satans Claw, amongst others, during the 60's in an attempt to cash in on the success of... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Gaz Atkins
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