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Friday, March 22, 2013

Queen Of Blood (1966)

Starring John Saxon, Basil Rathbone, Judi Meredith, Dennis Hopper, Florence Marly
Directed by Curtis Harrington
(actor & director credits courtesy

Earth scientists launch a rescue mission to Mars where the crew finds a female alien with a dangerous appetite for human blood.

According to IMDB, like the earlier Voyage To The Prehistoric Planet, this film makes use of extensive footage from some Russian science fiction pictures, but this time uses the footage primarily for special effects sequences, while the main story is new as filmed by Harrington and his crew.  The Russian footage is spectacular and impressive, capturing beautifully composed spacescapes and alien worlds, and at times the fit between those sequences and Harrington's scenes is a little awkward.  Nevertheless, it's a strong picture, with a screenplay that poses some interesting questions, and Marly's creepy mute performance as the alien is a definite standout.

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