Beast from Haunted Cave

1959

Crime / Horror / Thriller

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Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 19%
IMDb Rating 4.4 10 1671

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Cast

Michael Forest as Gil Jackson
Chris Robinson as The Beast / Man Sitting at Bar
720p.WEB
603.5 MB
1140*720
English 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
1 hr 5 min
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Reviewed by henri sauvage 7 / 10

Great example of low-budget horror

One of the rarest experiences for a B-movie fanatic is to find a film you haven't seen in 30-plus years is much better than your childhood memory of it. While "Beast From Haunted Cave" was obviously made on a shoestring -- it's a Gene "Brother Of Roger" Corman production, so what do you expect? -- first-time director Monte Hellman (The Shooting, Two Lane Blacktop) had a better-than-average script and capable actors, not to mention a director of photography who made effective use of the stark winter landscape near Deadwood, South Dakota.

The film starts out slow as a gang plans and executes a robbery, but then it veers off into darker territory as they and their guide are trailed to the hideout by a surprisingly well-realized and startlingly nasty monster.

This is by no means a perfect film: There are occasional stumbles in motivation, dialogue and the timing of events, yet for me these inconsistencies actually contributed to an atmosphere of dreamlike disorientation as the story plays out against the bleached-bone white of the snow and the soot-black shadows of winter pines. The plight of the Beast's victims -- cocooned alive, and fully aware as it feeds on them -- yields a heaping helping of shudders.

The DVD transfer (I'm talking about the most recent release, not the one paired with "The Brain That Wouldn't Die") was made from an excellent print; the soundtrack is quite clear. You may recognize the score as the same used for "Attack Of The Giant Leeches" and -- I think -- "Night Of The Blood Beast": These guys knew how to recycle!

Even with its defects, this is a distinctly weird and surprisingly gruesome chiller, a fine example of how much can be accomplished even with limited resources.

Reviewed by twanurit 8 / 10

Chilling Gangster/Horror Hybrid

This is chilling in more ways than one: actually filmed in the cold, snowy Dakotas, it's the story of crooks who create a diversion by blowing up a cave, so they can rob a nearby town. Trouble is they've disrupted the lair of a vampiric spidery beast which follows them as they head toward a hide-out in the forest. This is a truly eerie effort, enhanced by ripe dialogue, excellent direction (Monte Hellman), co-produced by the Corman brothers, to maximum effect. The music is especially shuddery, also used in at least "Attack of the Giant Leeches" (1958), "Night of the Blood Beast" (1958) and "The Wasp Woman" (1959). Three performers never reached their potential: Richard Sinatra as a crook (and relative of Frank's) only made a few pictures, Frank Wolff, the head honcho, committed suicide 12 years later at age 40, and lastly Sheila Carol, who did only 3 films, and is memorable as the Lauren Bacall-ish, unhappy moll who longs for the kidnapped guide (Michael Forest), but is stuck with the abusive Wolff. The final sequence in the atmospheric cave, (pre-dates "Alien" - 1979), will give you nightmares for years.

Reviewed by rpurdy 8 / 10

This one really frightened me

when I saw it on TV, back in the mid-sixties, when I was about 14 years old. I was then, and continue to be, a lover of horror films. For some reason, this one really got to me, more than just about any other in this genre, except maybe "The Pit and the Pendulum". I don't recall now just what the beast looked like but I recall that it was suitably realistic for its time. It took a while for the story to get moving but was well worth the wait. I recall that I was truly horrified as the beast fed on its living victims. I had some nasty dreams for several weeks after seeing it. I haven't viewed this movie since then but would definitely jump at the chance. I recommend it.

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