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BLOOD BEAST TERROR, THE (1969)
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Directed By:
Vernon Sewell

Starring:
Peter Cushing

Rated G
Genre: Horror
Format Used: Netflix DVD
Contains: Graphic Violence
Country: England

Also Known As:
Blood Beast from Hell
The Deathshead Vampire
The Vampire-Beast Craves Blood (USA)

THE PLOT:

Dr. Carl Mallinger has created a giant Deaths Head moth and this creature is going across the countryside drinking the blood of humans and to keep the identity a secret is taken human form as someone in Mallinger's home. An senior detective is out to discover who the killer is and stop him or her before they strike again.

ZEDD'S OPINION:

While the concept works and Peter Cushing does his usual good job in the acting department the one thing I was really disappointed with was the fact we don't get to see much of the monster in monster form. I mean what's the point of having a monster the famous deaths head moth if you don't see his or hers back to see the skull on it. The only time you see it in monster form is in some kind of cocoon resting. Most of the movie it's in the background or in shadow. As I said before, the monster you don't see might be scarier but it's not as cool. To me, I think that phrase Hitchcock said became a lame excuse for movie makers to be cheap and lazy. You heard me, the monster you can't see might be scarier, but it's also cheap and lazier as well. The acting is wondering, the storyline works and even the fact that the monster is an overgrown butterfly works as well. But that whole monster thing is a real downer for me and for that and pretty much that alone I give it 5 STARS.

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VOLTRON'S OPINION:

I got to admit Zedd is right, I was also really disappointed with this movie. This isn't Peter Cushing's worst movie but it's really up there. Besides the fact we see very little of the Blood Beast but it also drags on and goes no place throughout most of the movie. But Zedd also makes some good points on the good points so I won't give it the noose, 3 STARS.

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ON THE POSITIVE SIDE (+ HITS):

+ ACTING (There is some impressive acting.)
+ STORY (The story works.)

ON THE NEGATIVE SIDE (- MISSES):

- MONSTER (We were both upset there wasn't much of the monster in a monster movie.)

...AND FINALLY...

- DULL (It really drags on in places.)

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