NIGHT OF ANUBIS (1968) see Night of the Living Dead
BLOODY HORROR (1969/Howco)
Credits: Dir. & Prod: Joy N. Houck Jr.; Sc: Joy N.
Houck Jnr. & Robert A. Weaver; Mus: The Bored.
Cast: Gerald McRaney, Evelyn Hendricks, Gaye Yellen.
A psychopath committs several brutal murders.
The producers offered $1000 to the family of anyone who died while watching the meat
cleaver murders and eye gougings.
THE NIGHT OF TERROR (1963) see The
NIGHT OF THE BEAST (1965) see House of the Black Death
NIGHT OF THE BIG HEAT (1967/Blakeley/Planet Films) 94mins.
Aka: ISLAND OF THE BURNING DAMNED (US); ISLAND OF THE BURNING DOOMED (US-tv).
Credits: Dir: Terence Fisher; Sc: Ronald Liles, Pip
Baker & Jane Baker; Ph: Reginald Wyer; Mus: Malcolm Lockyer. Based on novel by John
Cast: Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Patrick Allen,
Sarah Lawson, Jane Merrow, Kenneth Cope, William Lucas,Jack Bligh, Thomas Heathcote,
Sidney Bromley, Percy Herbert.
A mysterious heatwave is effecting the remote Scottish island of Fara in mid November due
to an invading alien protoplasm that needs heat to survive. The islanders battle the
creatures and the heat, but to no effect until it starts to rain and the creatures are
A slow moving tale that is not helped by the restricted budget and wordy script.
NIGHT OF THE BLOOD BEAST (1958/Balboa Prod./AIP.) 65mins.
Shooting titles: CREATURE FROM GALAXY 27; MONSTER FROM GALAXY 27.
Credits: Dir: Bernard Kowalski; Prod: Gene Corman;
Ex.Prod: Roger Corman; Sc: Martin Varno; Mu: Harry Thomas. From a story by Gene Corman.
Cast: Michael Emmet, Ed Nelson, Angela Greene, Jean
Hagen, John Baer, Tyler McVey, Ross Sturlin, Georgina Carter.
"No girl was safe as long as this head hunting thing roamed the land!"
Space capsule X-100 crashlands after a space mission and astronaut Major John Cocoran,
(Emmett), is found dead, but alien embryos from Galaxy 27 within the Major's corpse
revives him and refuses to have the embryos removed and gives "birth" to an
alien, (Sturlin). The creature seeks refuge in a cave and lures a scientist there to kill
and use the unfortunate man's vocal chords to tell the people of Earth that he is here to
prevent man from destroying civilisation with nuclear weapons and that the embryos in the
Major are the beginnings of a new immortal race. Unbelieving scientists destroy the
creature with petrol bombs and the Major destroys himself.
Many scenes are carbon copies of those shown in The Thing, also
set at a research centre, however, the film's obvious low budget falls far short of the
original's classic status.
NIGHT OF THE BLOOD MONSTER (1970) see El Procesco de
NIGHT OF THE BLOODY APES (1970) see La Horriplante
NIGHT OF THE DEMON (1957/Columbia/Sabre Films.) 82mins. BW.
Aka: CURSE OF THE DEMON (US).
Credits: Dir: Jacques Tourneur;
Prod: Frank Bevis; Ex.Prod: Hal E. Chester; Sc: Charles Bennett & Hal E. Chester; Ph:
Ted Scaife; Ed: Michael Gordon; Art: Ken Adam; Sfx: S.D. Onions & George Blackwell;
Visual Fx: Wally Veevers; Mus: Clifton Parker. From the short story "The Casting Of
The Runes" by Montague Rhodes James.
Cast: Dana Andrews, Brian Wilde, Peter Hobbes, Richard
Leech, Peter Eliot, Lynn Tracy, Charles Lloyd-Pack, Peggy Cummins, Liam Redmond, John
Salew, Maurice Denham, Niall MacGinnis, Lloyd Lamble, Ewan Roberts, Athene Seyler, Percy
Herbert, Reginald Beckwith, Rosamund Greenwood, Janet Barrow, Len Sharp.
"Chosen...Singled out to die...Victim of his imagination, or victim of a
A parchment covered in runic symbols is believed to have been responsible for the death of
a professor, (Denham), investigating the satanic activities of a local witch cult. The
mystical parchment was passed to the professor causing the arrival of a demonic spirit to
kill him. Professor Holden, (Andrews), is sceptical of the occult, but he is persuaded by
the professor's daughter, Joanna, (Cummins), to continue her father's investigations of
the cult's leader Dr. Julian Karswell, (MacGinnis), who is said to be a powerful sorcerer.
After meeting Karswell, Holden finds himself in possession of the strange parchment that
he discovers he must pass on before the demon appears to kill him. On a train Holden
manages to pass the document back to Karswell who chases the paper that has blown from his
hand along the train tracks where the demon appears and kills the sorcerer. Those first on
the scene conclude that he was hit by a train.
A British classic of the genre with a superb cast, excellent pacing and a surreal quality
in some of the scenes that enhances the underlying terror.
Originally the film did not contain a demon, but producer Hal Chester decided that the
addition of a "monster" would make the film more commercial.
The story "Casting of the Runes" originally appeared in Rhode James' collection
"More Ghost Stories of an Antiquary" in 1911.
NIGHT OF THE DOOMED (1965) see L'Amanti d'Oltre Tomba
NIGHT OF THE EAGLE (1962/Idependent Artists) 90mins. BW. UK.
Aka: BURN WITCH BURN (US).
Credits: Dir: Sidney Hayers; Prod: Albert Fennell;
Ex.Prod: Julian Wintle & Leslie Parkyn; Sc: Charles Beaumont, Richard Matheson &
George Baxt; Ph: Reginald Wyer; Ed: Ralph Sheldon; Art: Jack Shampan; Mus: William Alwyn.
From "Conjure Wife" by Fritz Lieber and the film Weird Woman (1944).
Cast: Janet Blair, Margaret Johnston, Reginald
Beckwith, Peter Wyngarde, Anthony Nicholls, Colin Gordon, Kathleen Byron, Norman Bird,
Jessica Dunning, Judith Stott, Bill Mitchell, George Roubicek, Frank Singuineau, Gary
A professor, (Wyngarde), lecturing at a college in a small English town is outspoken of
his scepticism of the occult, but all the while his wife has been protecting him and
furthering his career with witchcraft. When he discovers her dabblings he forces her to
destroy the amulets and magical paraphenalia, but this leaves him open to attack from
other witches including a jealous, crippled colleague who brings to life a giant stone
eagle to kill him.
A genuinely creepy chiller with a good cast and direction. Little envelopes were given
away at theatres containing iron filings and salt that would protect the viewer from any
spells, but only if the satanic incantation shown in the prologue was intoned.
The same story was remade again as a comedy in WITCHES BREW.
NIGHT OF THE GHOULS (1959/Wade Williams) 75mins. BW. US.
Aka: REVENGE OF THE LIVING DEAD; REVENGE OF THE DEAD.
Credits: Dir., Prod. & Sc: Edward D. Wood Jnr.;
Ex.Prod: J.M.A. & Major J.C. Foxworthy; A.Prod: Marc Usher, Tom Mason, Walt Brannon,
Tony Cardoza, Paul Marco & Gordon Chesson; Ph: William C. Thompson; Ed: Donald A.
Davis; Art: Kathleen O'Hara Everett; Mu: Harry Thomas; Mus: Gordon Zahler.
Cast: Criswell, Kenne Duncan, "Duke" Moore,
David De Maring, Valda Hansen, Tor Johnson, John
Carpenter, Francis Misitano, Paul Marco, Jeannie Stevens, Frank Barbarick, Leonard Barnes,
Karl Johnson, Don Nagel, Karen Hairston, John Gautieri, Bud Osborne, Tony Cardoza, Harvey
B. Dunn, James La Maida, Thomas R. Mason, Clay Stone, Marcelle Kemphill, Margaret Mason.
Fake medium Dr. Acula, (Duncan), takes up residence in a supposed haunted house with his
vampish assistant, (Hansen), where he tries to convince people that he can bring their
dead relatives back to life. When several "ghosts" are spotted in East L.A.
police officers, (Moore & Marco), follow up clues to Dr. Acula and his insane schemes.
Unbeknown to Acula, he really has managed to raise the dead who carry him off to be buried
Only fans of the unique works of Ed Wood would appreciate the awful acting, the cardboard
sets, the pointless voice-overs and terrible directing. Like Wood's Plan
9 From Outer Space, this has since gained a strong cult following amongst bad movie
This long lost follow up to Bride of the Monster went
unreleased for twenty three years because Wood was unable to afford the processing fee.
Finally, Wade Williams purchased the film stock, financed the processing and released it
NIGHT OF THE FLESHEATERS (1968) see Night of the Living Dead
THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER (1954/UA./Gregory) 93mins. BW. US.
Credits: Dir: Charles Laughton;
Prod: Paul Gregory; Sc: James Agee & Charles Laughton; Ph: Stanley Cortez; Ed: Robert
Golden; Art: Hilyard Brown; Mus: Walter Schumann. From a novel by Davis Grubb.
Cast: Robert Mitchum, Lillian Gish, Shelley Winters,
Billy Chapin, Sally Jane Bruce, Evelyn Varden, Peter Graves, James Gleason, Don Beddoe,
Gloria Castillo, Corey Allen.
"The scenes! The story! The stars! But above all the suspense!"
Psychopathic, mysoginist preacher Harry Powell, (Mitchum), raises money by marrying and
murdering rich widows. When he meets a bank-robber, (Graves), in prison who is to be
executed, the phoney preacher pursues his widow to retrieve the stolen money. The woman's
two children John (Chapin), and Pearl, (Bruce), flee with their father's hidden money when
their mother, (Winters), goes missing and meet a kindly old lady, (Gish), who protects
them from the devious Powell.
Laughton's only film behind the camera is remembered for Mitchum's superb portrayal of the
psychotic preacher with "good" and "evil" tatooed on each hand. The
unusual texture to the scenes sets this apart as a subversively disturbing story with much
more going on around the central characters than would first appear.
Misunderstood at the time, this has since been recognised as a flawed masterpiece.
NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (1968/Image 10 Prod.) 98mins. BW.
Aka: NIGHT OF ANUBIS; NIGHT OF THE FLESHEATERS.
Credits: Dir., Ph. & Ed: George A. Romero; Prod:
Karl Hardman & Russell Striener; Sc: George Romero & John A. Russo; Sfx: Regis
Survinski & Tony Pantanello; Mus: Borrowed from '50's science fiction films.
Cast: Judith O'Dea, Keith Wayne, Duane Jones, Russell
Streiner, Karl Hardman, George Romero, Kyra Schon,Judith Ridley, Marilyn Eastman, Bill
Hinzman, Charles Craig, Frank Doak, George Kosana, Bill Cardille, Vince Survinski, John A.
A space probe sent to Venus might have emitted a ray that has turned most of the Earth's
population into flesh eating zombies. The few survivors in one small area try to fight for
their survival from a run down shack. All of them are killed and eaten except one man
named Ben, (Jones), who hears shooting in the distance. The townsfolk have discovered that
by shooting the zombies in the head, they die instantly, but mistaking Ben for a zombie,
one gunman shoots him.
A none too pleasant political and social allegory with some subtle comments on the Vietnam
War, made on a shoestring budget over a period of thirty days. Looking closely at the
surrounding trees, the number of leaves increase as the story, that takes place in 24
hours, progresses. The film quickly gathered a strong cult following that started the
zombie craze that would peak in the early Eighties. The stark monochrome photography and
the generally amateur approach strangely adds to the documentary styled atmosphere that
has been compared structurally with The Birds and intercut
with some truly gruesome moments that doesn't follow the usual concept of heroes and
Businessmen who invested in the film play the majority of the living dead.
DEAD trilogy penetrates different American institutions. The first deals with
"the family", the second, DAWN OF THE DEAD, deals with "capitalism"
and the third, DAY OF THE DEAD, deals with "militarism".
Sequel: DAWN OF THE DEAD.
NIGHT OF THE SILICATES (1966) see The Island of Terror
NIGHT OF THE SORCERERS (1970) see La Noche de los Brujos
THE NIGHT OF THE TERROR (1963) see The Terror
THE NIGHT OF THE VAMPIRE (1970) see Chi O Suu Ningyo
NIGHT OF THE WOLFMAN (1968) see Las Noches del Hombre Lobo
NIGHT OF THE WITCHES (1970/Medford)
Credits: Dir. & Sc: Keith Erik Burt (Keith
Larsen); Prod: Keith Erik Burt & Vincent Forte.
Cast: Keith Erik Burt, Randy Stafford, Ron Taft.
A bogus preacher who enjoys raping some of his parishoners, gets his comeupance when he
tries to blackmail a murderous Californian witches coven.
A cheap and talentless version of Night of the Hunter with nudity and
a rock score to try and hold interest.
NIGHT SLAVES (1970/Bing Crosby Prod.) 73mins. TVM.
Credits: Dir: Ted Post; Prod: Everett Chambers; Sc:
Everett Chambers & Robert Specht. From a novel by Jerry Sohl.
Cast: James Franciscus, Andrew Prine, Tisha Sterling,
Leslie Nielsen, Lee Grant, Scott Marlowe, Victor Iazy, John Kellogg, Raymond Mayo, Morris
Buchanan, Virginia Wright, Cliff Carnell, Russell Thorson, Nancy Valentine.
After a spacecraft crashlands on Earth, the aliens hypnotise the local population to help
them repair their vessel, but one man is unaffected by their influence because of a metal
plate in his head. Initailly fearful of the intruders, he eventually falls in love with
one of them and returns with her to their planet when the repairs are completed.
An average television film told as a mystery through the eyes of vacationing couple,
Franciscus and Grant.
NIGHT STAR, GODDESS OF ELECTRA (1963) see Roma Contra
THE NIGHT THE SILICATES CAME (1966) see The Island of
THE NIGHT THE WORLD EXPLODED (1957) 94mins.
Credits: Dir: Fred F. Sears.
Cast: Kathryn Grant, William Leslie, Tris Coffin,
Raymond Greenleaf, Marshall Reed.
Some scientists discover a mineral that explodes and hurry to try and prevent it from
blowing up the world.
A good idea is spoilt by the lack of a decent budget.
NIGHT TIDE (1961/Virgo Films) 84mins. BW. US.
Credits: Dir. & Sc: Curtis Harrington; Prod: Aram
Kantarian; Ph: Vilis Lapenieks; Ed: Jodie Copelan; Des: Paul Mathison; Mus: David Raskin.
Cast: Dennis Hopper, Linda Lawson, Luana Anders, Gavin
Muir, Bruno Ve Sota, Marjorie Eaton, Tom Dillon, Cameron, H.E. West.
An orphan girl, (Lawson), who plays the part of a mermaid at a sideshow on Santa Monica
pier, believes she is descended from a race of sea sirens who must kill during the cycle
of the full moon. A sailor, (Hopper), falls in love with her, but after she almost kills
him while skin diving, she disappears.
A strange and dreamy romantic fantasy from an avant garde director.
THE NIGHT VISITOR (1970) see Lunatic
THE NIGHT WALKER (1964/Universal/Castle) 86mins. BW. US.
Credits: Dir. & Prod: William Castle; Sc: Robert
Bloch; Ph: Harold Stine; Ed: Edwin Bryant; Mus: Vic Mizzy.
Cast: Barbara Stanwyck, Robert Taylor, Lloyd Bochner,
Rochelle Hudson, Tetsu Komai, Hayden Rorke, Judith Meredith, Marjorie Bennett, Jess
Parker, Tetsu Komai.
"Do you know that a dream can kill you?"
Irene Trent, (Stanwyck), suffers from nightmares involving her dead husband and a
mysterious lover, but she begins to believe that the dreams are real when the lover turns
up in reality.
A successful thriller with a good cast and the occasionally effective story twist in a