Blood Beast Terror

October 20, 2014 at 12:11 am (7 Heads, Blood Beast Terror) (, , , , , )

Blood Beast Terror – 1968 – England

An entomologist breeds a humanoid moth that drinks blood and transforms into a beautiful woman. The moth-woman murders people as a police inspector investigates.

Blood Beast Terror is classier than its absurd name and premise suggest. This is mostly because Peter Cushing is magnetic as the affable, determined, and never-too-shrewd inspector. Tigon British Film Productions’ horror films competed with those of Hammer and Amicus, and Blood Beast Terror’s period ambiance definitely recalls Hammer’s efforts. The sets, locations, costumes, and props are great, especially one scene with a cumbersome antique slide projector. While the monster suit is lame, its appearance is thankfully brief.

Blood Beast Terror is structured like a mystery. However, it would be completely predictable if the premise made any sense. How does one breed moths into a giant humanoid moth? Likewise, what magic makes the moth turn into a woman? Even mad science cannot explain this silliness.

Rating: 7/10 Shrunken Heads. Weird mortician characters are a cliché, but the one in Blood Beast Terror is endearing.

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