The Blood Beast Terror

The Blood Beast Terror
The Blood Beast Terror
Directed by Vernon Sewell
Produced by Arnold L. Miller
Tony Tenser
Written by Peter Bryan
Starring Peter Cushing
Robert Flemyng
Wanda Ventham
Vanessa Howard
Distributed by Tigon British Film Productions
Release date(s) 1968
Running time 88 m
Language English

The Blood Beast Terror is a 1968 British horror film released by Tigon. It was known in the United States under the title The Vampire-Beast Craves Blood.

Story

A series of grisly murders is occurring in the English countryside. All the victims are good-looking young men, between the ages of twenty and thirty, and all have had their throats torn open and all their blood drained. The witness of the latest murder, a coachman named Joe Trigger, is driven insane when he catches a glimpse of the killer.

Investigating the deaths are Detective Inspector Quennell of Scotland Yard and his assistant, Sergeant Allan. Because Joe keeps ranting about a horrible winged creature with huge eyes (getting himself declared a lunatic by the police doctor), Quennell hatches a theory that perhaps a homicidal eagle is on the loose. He and Allan also find at the scene of the latest killing several shiny scales.

The two latest victims happen to be students of renowned entomology professor Dr. Carl Mallinger, who lives nearby with his daughter Clare, and their creepy butler, Granger. When Quennell brings the scales to Mallinger for identification, Mallinger behaves suspiciously and tries to take all of them (Quennell only ends up giving him one). He also puts forth his theory about a killer eagle, only to have Mallinger shoot it down. Little does Quennell know that the entomologist does actually have a pet eagle, which is tormented by Granger (in a mostly unrelated subplot that ends when the eagle attacks and kills Granger).

In the meantime, explorer and naturalist Frederick Britewell returns from Africa with some moth chrysalids for Dr. Mallinger, and the handsome young adventurer soon falls victim to the scientist's daughter Clare, who is in fact the one responsible for all the murders: due to circumstances unknown, Clare is a "were-moth" and transforms at night to drink the blood of young men. Britewell becomes her latest victim after going with her to see a play performed by some of her father's students (which seems to be a spoof of the Hammer Frankenstein genre), but lives long enough to tell Quennell, "Death's head!" when the inspector happens upon the dying explorer. Both Mallinger and Clare claim not to have known Britewell when questioned by Quennell.

Quennell's superior suggests he take a vacation and hand the case over to Sgt. Allan, but Quennell refuses. However he does reveal his intention to send his daughter Meg to stay with some relatives in Sussex until the investigation is over. As they leave for the train station, Allan informs Quennell that Dr. Mallinger did in fact know Frederick Britewell, prompting Quennell to perform an immediate search of Mallinger's home, only to find that the scientist and his daughter have left for Upper Highham. He also discovers a cellar filled with human bones, and the corpse of Granger.

Quennell then informs his superior he will be taking his vacation after all: along with Meg, he goes to Upper Highham incognito as a vacationing banker named Thompson, where he discovers that Mallinger is also undercover as "Dr. Miles". But can he stop Mallinger, who is attempting to create a male were-moth to be a mate for his daughter?

Cast

Actor Role
Peter Cushing Inspector Quennell
Robert Flemyng Dr. Carl Mallinger
Wanda Ventham Clare Mallinger
Vanessa Howard Meg Quennell
Glynn Edwards Sgt. Allan
William Wilde Frederick Britewell
Kevin Stoney Granger
David Griffin William Warrender
John Paul Mr. Warrender
Leslie Anderson Joe Trigger
Simon Cain Clem Withers
Norman Pitt Police Doctor
Roy Hudd Smiler
Russell Napier Landlord

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