Reviews: Night Of The Blood Beast

NASA Donít Preach

Night of the Blood Beast: In this 50ís sci-fi Roger Corman quickie a returning astronaut (Michael Emmet) crash lands in the hills outside of Cape Canaveral and is discovered by a rescuer (Ed Nelson) and his photographer (Georgianna Carter).

The astronaut appears dead and they bring him back to base camp/shack. After a more thorough examination, it turns out he isnít dead after all, but pregnant with what appears to be six sea monkeys. Then the father shows up (An Owlbear) who is an alien that may or may not have peaceful intentions.

Is the Alien really peaceful? Will the astronautís fiancee (Angela Greene) still go through with their wedding now that he is no longer ďpureĒ? Who decapitated and ate the brains of the doctor (Tyler Mc Vey)?

The Good: For a quickie Sci-Fi film this has some pretty good mind-bending adult themes. For starters we have a man becoming pregnant by an alien creature and he defends this creature as a teenage girl would defend a delinquent to her parents. The alien talks in quiet tones and proper English about family and immigration as he makes the case for him and the astronaut to raise the babies on their own. We have the hot-headed men who want to kill them just for being different ( The rescuer above and John Baer). The fiancee is conflicted, happy to have her man back but feeling he has changed and is no longer the alpha male she was going to marry.

I would be remiss to not mention Georgianna Carter. She is beautiful yes, actually quite stunning, but that is not unusual in fifties sci-fi. She has a more out of time quality. Have you ever seen those shows that purport to show a woman using a cell phone in a silent film from the twenties or a photo of a modern traveler during the construction of the Panama Canal? With her hairstyle and mannerisms and even dress, she seems to be from at least two decades in the future. You just donít expect a character in s fifties Sci-fi quickie to have Rachel Hair.

I know it gets a lot of flack but I like the alien's Owlbear costume. I had to smile every time it showed up.

The Bad: Night of the Blood Beast is a low budget quickie. Itís barely an hour long, the spaceship is a septic tank and there are six people in the entire film.

In Conclusion: A somewhat well written (not shot mind you) sci-fi story that muddies the water of whether aliens are good or evil and bluntly muddies the water on a lot of gender roles as well. Clearly grading on a curve for a Roger Corman quickie, the film has a fun monster, a beautiful woman from the 90ís and doesnít overstay itís welcome.
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