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  • Actors: Peter Cushing, Robert Flemyng, Wanda Ventham, David Griffin, John Paul
  • Directors: Vernon Sewell
  • Format: Dolby, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Odeon Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 1 July 2013
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00CBW3H0K
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 55,289 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 by BBC Studios and Post Production for this DVD release.

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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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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 Hammer films, which were so popular at the time. This does have the feel of a Hammer film and is similar to Hammers The Reptile, but not so well made. There is something dark and mysterious afoot in the English countryside, where several young men have been found dead and drained of blood. Enter Peter Cushing as the meticulous Inspector Quennell, who thankfully has plenty to do in this film, and there is no doubt his presence saves it from being a lot less watchable. This film has been much derided and the two lead stars, Cushing and Robert Flemyng hated it. Admitedley, it was all thrown together very quickly, but personally i really enjoyed it, but then i am a huge fan of 1960's fantasy horror and this film is typical of that period and i think fans of this period and of hammer films will almost certainly enjoy it. Okay the script and the special effects are lousy and a couple of the actors, Vanessa Howard as Quennels daughter Meg and William Wilde as Britewell, give terrible performances, though to be fair to Vanessa Howard, her performance did suffer from some appalling post-sync dialogue. The plot is very patchy and nothing is ever really explained, but if you just take it as a harmless horror yarn, it works well. The plus points here are Peter Cushing, as superb as ever, the gorgeous Wanda Ventham, some very attractive Victorian settings and locations and thankfully this new remastered blu-ray version looks stunning, with a sharp 1.66:1 picture and vivid colours and this definitely adds to the pleasure. This is also an extended version. Very much a film for fans of this period and genre. Extras include:
Picture Gallery
Trailer
Interview with Wanda Ventham
Audio Commentary with Johnathon Rigby and David Miller
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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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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. The Blu Ray transfer is top notch and there are many visual pluses to the film, the colour is great and the picture clear and without digital tampering. The film itself is quite lush with nicely dressed sets and plenty of on location shots that look great. The sound is good although there is a slight low end hum on the soundtrack from time to time but nothing too drastic. The story is ok but some things don't make much sense, however this should not deter lovers of british horror from checking this out - this is just fun, with good atmosphere and some good turns from the actors. Wanda Ventham is particularly spellbinding and is sure to delight lovers of Gothic Glamour. There are some funny moments both intentional and not - such as the opening scene supposedly set in the African Jungle but is obviously the English Countryside.
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When a horror film begins with a stock footage shot of a flamingo before cutting to a white actor in a pith helmet being rowed along what is very obviously the banks of the Thames by two black extras with no shirts on, not only do you know we’re in leafy Middlesex rather than darkest Africa but that every expense has been spared and expectations should be lowered accordingly. So it proves with The Blood Beast Terror, infamous for being – in the great man’s own opinion – the worst film Peter Cushing ever made. While some might debate it, you’ll find few who’ll claim it’s any good as his rather bored police inspector tries to track down who or what is behind a series of gruesome murders that leave the victims suffering from particularly bad stage makeup, though Cushing seems more interested in finding something, ANYTHING to do with the props – most notably a cup of tea – and fighting off what sounds like an approaching cold than feigning much enthusiasm for proceedings.

Naturally the answer lies with Robert Flemying’s entomologist and his beautiful daughter Wanda Ventham, and he’s only marginally better at hiding his lack of interest than Cushing. He does as good a job as anyone could in a film with a monster as silly as this one boasts (the clue is in his specialist field), but the original casting of Basil Rathbone, by then reduced to the likes of Hillbillys in a Haunted House, would at least have offered the sight of two of the best Sherlock Holmes sharing the screen (along with Benedict Cumberbatch’s mum) to give it some faint novelty value by association. Rathbone died before shooting started, and considering the lacklustre quality of the finished film you can’t help thinking that’s the sort of thing people mean when they describe death as a merciful release.
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