Beast from Haunted Cave (1959 film)

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Beast from Haunted Cave, AKA Creature from the Cave (1959)

Summary

"Horror beyond words! Screaming young girls sucked into a labyrinth of horror by a blood-starved ghoul from Hell!" A group of gold thieves pull of a heist and flee into the snowy wilderness, only to be pursued by a horrible, spider-like monster.

Details

  • Release Date: 1959
  • Country/Language: US, English
  • Genres/Technical: Crime, Horror, Thriller, black-and-white
  • Runtime: 1 hr 15 min
  • Starring: Michael Forest, Sheila Noonan, Frank Wolff
  • Director: Monte Hellman
  • Writer: Charles B. Griffith
  • Producer/Production Co: Gene Corman Productions
  • View Trailer: (link)

Ratings

MPAA Ratings

  • Rated: (not rated) (perhaps equivalent of a modern PG for mild Violence and Adult Content)

Tentacle Ratings

A rough measure of how "Lovecraftian" the work is:

  • S____ (One Tentacle: Debateably Lovecraftian; has almost no direct connection to Lovecraft's work)

Amazingly, I've never seen or heard of this film before (I didn't think there were too many horror films from this era that I'd never even heard of), but from the description, the only things about this film that might be considered "Lovecraftian" are the tentacle-monster and snowy setting.

Note: This rating is not intended as a measure of quality, merely of how closely related to Lovecraftian "Weird" fiction the work is.

Reviews

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Synopsis

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A gold thief and his gang use a skier's lodge in the snowy wilderness as a hide-out and find themselves pursued by a spider-like monster covered with cobwebs.


Notes

Comments, Trivia, Dedication

  • The monster in the film was designed and portrayed by actor Robinson. According to Robinson, the design of the beast, which he nicknamed "Humphrass", was based on a wingless hangingfly. In order to create the creature's skeletal form, Robinson added aluminum stripping to a plywood base, then covered the frame with chicken wire before wrapping it in sheets and muslin. He then soaked the frame in vinyl paint in order to waterproof the design, since it had to be used in the snow. The creature's head was fashioned out of quarter-inch aluminum wire, which was then encased in steel wire and wrapped in muslin. The creature's fangs and teeth were also constructed with aluminum wire. Robinson then placed putty and patches of crepe hair onto the design before adding spun glass in order to give it a cobwebby appearance.


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