The Terror

July 31, 2017 at 12:29 am (5 Heads, Terror, The) (, , , , , , , , )

The Terror – 1963 – United States

1806: A French army officer named Andre is separated from his regiment. Wandering France’s coastal wilderness, he encounters a beautiful woman named Helene. She mysteriously vanishes and he scours the countryside for her. Entering an old witch’s secluded hut, Andre asks about Helene. The witch suspiciously denies the mysterious woman’s existence. Later, Andre comes upon the decrepit castle of Baron von Leppe. The melancholy baron knows of Helene and believes she is the ghost of his wife. He regretfully describes how he killed her after a jealous tiff twenty years ago. Andre, obsessed with Helene, refuses to believe she is dead. Despite the witch’s and baron’s efforts to stop him, he investigates further and uncovers the dark history of Castle von Leppe. By the film’s end, the castle is destroyed in a flood, the baron drowns, the witch is struck by lightning, and Helene’s face melts off.

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Attack of the Giant Leeches

October 22, 2016 at 1:13 am (7 Heads, Attack of the Giant Leeches) (, , , , , , )

Attack of the Giant Leeches – 1959 – United States

In the Florida Everglades, redneck poachers are attacked by giant leeches. The victims are kept alive in the leeches’ underwater cave while their blood is slowly drained. A handsome game warden investigates the poachers’ disappearance and eventually discovers that monsters are afoot. He hunts the leeches underwater with a harpoon gun.

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Creature from the Haunted Sea

April 19, 2016 at 1:52 am (5 Heads, Creature from the Haunted Sea) (, , , , , , , )

Creature from the Haunted Sea – 1961 – United States

During the Cuban Revolution, an American mobster smuggles Cuban nationalists out of Cuba. He is paid a share of the Cuban treasury, but decides to kill the nationalists and take all the money. He commits the murders at sea, blaming them on a sea monster without realizing that a real sea monster is lurking about. Meanwhile, a bumbling American C.I.A. agent spies on the mobster while trying pathetically to seduce the mobster’s wife.

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Dementia 13

April 20, 2014 at 10:56 pm (5 Heads, Dementia 13) (, , , , )

Dementia 13 – 1963 – United States

A family living in an Irish castle is haunted by tragedy. Seven years prior, a girl drowned in the castle’s lake. Her mother and brothers are deeply disturbed and reenact her funeral annually. When the brothers’ American girlfriends visit the castle, strange occurrences begin, culminating in axe murders.

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She Gods of Shark Reef

January 13, 2014 at 3:49 am (2 Heads, She Gods of Shark Reef) (, , , )

She Gods of Shark Reef – 1958 – United States

A criminal and his nice brother shipwreck on a tropical island. The island is populated by a tribe of foxy lady pearl divers and their old queen. Awaiting a boat from “The Company”, the brothers are stranded for a week. The nice brother falls in love with a girl, garnering the queen’s hostility. Meanwhile, the criminal brother salvages a boat and steals pearls. The brothers, with a willing island maiden, escape across Shark Reef. As the sharks attack, the criminal brother is devoured.

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Forbidden World

August 27, 2013 at 11:58 pm (7 Heads, Forbidden World) (, , , )

Forbidden World – 1982 – United States

In Forbidden World’s beginning, a soldier and an android wage a spaceship dogfight. Shortly after, Forbidden World stops imitating Star Wars (1977) and starts imitating Alien (1979) as the pair reach a research facility on a desolate planet and help scientists destroy an amok genetic experiment. In the claustrophobic dungeon-like facility, the soldier meets a stoic cynical black dude, a grungy wild-eyed scientist, a calculating secretive scientist, and two babes desperate to ball for no good reason. Also roaming the halls is an intelligent, aggressive mutant monster intent on eating everybody. Following lots of splashing gore, a scientist removes his cancerous tumor and feeds it to the monster, thereby killing it.

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The Premature Burial

December 8, 2012 at 3:42 am (7 Heads, Premature Burial) (, , , , , )

The Premature Burial – 1962 – United States

The Premature Burial is an Edgar Allen Poe adaptation directed by Roger Corman for American International Pictures. Corman and AIP’s series of Poe flicks consists of House of Usher (1960), The Pit and the Pendulum (1961), The Premature Burial (1962), Tales of Terror (1962), The Raven (1963), The Haunted Palace (1963), The Masque of the Red Death (1964), and The Tomb of Ligeia (1964). All of them star Vincent Price aside from Premature Burial, which instead features the hard-working Ray Milland whose numerous credits include Dial M for Murder (1954), Panic in Year Zero! (1962), and X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes (1963).

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A Bucket of Blood

January 14, 2012 at 6:22 pm (7 Heads, Bucket of Blood) (, , , , )

A Bucket of Blood – 1959 – United States

A Bucket of Blood, with The Little Shop of Horrors (1960) and Creature from the Haunted Sea (1961), forms a trilogy of horror/comedy collaborations between director/producer Roger Corman and writer Charles B. Griffith. A Bucket of Blood stars the prolific Dick Miller whose 175 acting credits include early Corman flicks: It Conquered the World (1956), Not of this Earth (1957), War of the Satellites (1958), and The Little Shop of Horrors (1960), and later blockbusters: Gremlins (1984), The Terminator (1984), and Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990). Miller’s A Bucket of Blood character is Walter Paisley, a name appearing in other Dick Miller appearances like Hollywood Boulevard (1976), The Howling (1981), Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983), Chopping Mall (1986), Night of the Creeps (1986) as “Walt”, and Shake, Rattle, and Rock! (1994) as “Officer Paisley”.

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Queen of Blood

November 8, 2011 at 2:29 am (7 Heads, Queen of Blood) (, , , , , , , , , , , , )

Queen of Blood – 1966 – United States

Queen of Blood is an odd mix of creature-horror and space-faring sci-fi by American International Pictures. Director Curtis Harrington also made the dumb Voyage to the Prehistoric Planet (1965) under the pseudonym John Sebastian. Queen of Blood and Voyage to the Prehistoric Planet both feature John Cline’s beautiful otherworldly title paintings. Cline has no other credits that I’ve found, but his intricate watercolor work is highly original. The cast of John Saxon, Basil Rathbone, and Dennis Hopper isn’t shabby either.

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The Beast with a Million Eyes

October 25, 2011 at 1:21 am (6 Heads, Beast with a Million Eyes) (, , , , , , )

The Beast with a Million Eyes – 1955 – United States

The Beast with a Million Eyes credits producer/director David Kramarksy. Really, it’s the spawn of Roger Corman and Samuel Z. Arkoff of American Releasing Corporation (later American International Pictures). The Beast’s production values are predictably skeletal, but the premise has imaginative flair courtesy of scripter Tom Filer who never wrote a screenplay before or since.

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