Combustible Celluloid
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With: Peter Cushing, Robert Flemyng, Wanda Ventham, Vanessa Howard, David Griffin, Glynn Edwards, William Wilde, Kevin Stoney, John Paul, Russell Napier, Roy Hudd, Leslie Anderson, Simon Cain, Robert Cawdron, Kenneth Colley
Written by: Peter Bryan
Directed by: Vernon Sewell
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Running Time: 87
Date: 01/01/1968

The Blood Beast Terror (1968)

2 Stars (out of 4)

Buggy Trouble

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Peter Cushing stars as Detective Inspector Quennell, who investigates a series of bizarre murders in the English countryside. The case leads him to entomologist Dr. Carl Mallinger (Robert Flemyng) and his pretty daughter Clare (Wanda Ventham). A giant bug creature turns out to be responsible. Quennell may have noticed something was amiss by the weird, unexplained scars all over the doctor's butler's face. Director Vernon Sewell gives the movie a touch of class, which probably makes it duller than it could have been, though Cushing seems to be in his element, getting through the ridiculous situations with a kind of bemused dignity. Truth be told, I've forgotten most of it already. It was also released as The Vampire Beast Craves Blood. Kino Lorber has released it on DVD and Blu-ray as part of their Redemption label. It includes a trailer and production stills.
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