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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Beast From Haunted Cave (1959)

Starring Michael Forest, Sheila Carol, Frank Wolff, Wally Campo, Richard Sinatra
Directed by Monte Hellman
(actor & director credits courtesy IMDB.com)

A criminal gang plan a heist of gold bars from a ski resort town, but while making their escape, are trailed by a ravenous monster.

A low budget but efficient creature thriller from Roger Corman's Filmgroup company, the picture isn't great, but isn't bad either, and the creature, with fearsome tentacles and lengthy strands of hair obscuring its face and body, is one to remember.  Wikipedia indicates the screenplay was based on the same material as some previous Corman pictures, notably Naked Paradise, and although that film had better actors in Richard Denning and Beverly Garland, the creature makes this edition more distinctive. 

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