The Night Caller – UK, 1965 – reviews

‘Space creatures snatch girls to mysterious planet!’

The Night Caller is a British 1965 science fiction horror film directed by John Gilling (The GorgonThe Reptile, The Plague of the Zombies) from a screenplay by Jim O’Connolly (Tower of Evil), based on Frank Crisp’s novel The Night Callers. It was also released as The Night Caller from Outer Space and Blood Beast from Outer Space.

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Main cast:

John Saxon (Black Christmas, Tenebrae, A Nightmare on Elm Street)
Maurice Denham (Paranoiac, HysteriaTorture Garden)
Patricia Haines (Virgin Witch)
John Carson (The Plague of the Zombies, Taste the Blood of Dracula, Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter)
Jack Watson (Tower of EvilFrom Beyond the GraveSchizo)
Marianne Stone (Quatermass II, Witchcraft, Devils of Darkness)
Warren Mitchell (The Trollenberg Terror).

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American scientist Jack Costain (John Saxon) and his aides investigates a meteorite in the English countryside, discovering that it is an alien device from Ganymede, a moon of Jupiter. They capture a tall alien and take it to the lab, only to have it escape.

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Shortly thereafter, young women begin disappearing after answering an advertisement in ‘Bikini Girl’ magazine for models. It turns out the aliens want Earth women for breeding purposes…

Reviews:

“To enjoy this atmospheric but low-budget film, you’ll have to forgive the obviously rubber claw that signifies the alien for most of the film, and also the cheesey make-up job for its disappointing unveiling. The story also runs out of steam at the climax, but it does end logically, and faithfully to the original novel, The Night Callers by Frank Crisp, first published in 1960. On the plus side are the moments of suspense, similar to those currently generated by Asian horror horror films, where an atmosphere of fear is conjured up by the actors.’ BlogCritics

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“Plenty of promise in this one but, the promise is only half fulfilled. The concepts are great: an egg thats not just an egg, an alien that is more than he seems, a mystery that’s not quite resolved. The performances are strong and serious. The shadowy visuals – sometimes off-angled, sometimes out of focus – are often entrancing. The masked night caller is spooky. But things go wrong with emphasis and rhythm.” David Elroy Goldweber, Claws & Saucers

“Warren Mitchell and Marianne Stone (in a much bigger part than usual) are a hilarious double act as the drearily suburban parents of one of the missing girls in the film’s most entertaining scene. The moment where Mitchell sheepishly produces a copy of Bikini Girl from under his chair cushion for Hartley is especially priceless. Later, the reliably sleazy Aubrey Morris turns up as a gay Soho bookseller who flirts with the thoroughly unimpressed Hartley. And if that’s not enough, one of the police bigwigs in charge of the manhunt is Ballard Berkeley (Fawlty Towers’ potty Major Gowen).” Jumble Sale Frenzy!

“Intelligent minor work, attractively photographed and tautly directed.” Alan Frank, The Science Fiction and Fantasy Film Handbook

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Wikipedia | IMDb | Some image courtesy of Black Hole Reviews | Wrong Side of the Art!

4 Comments on “The Night Caller – UK, 1965 – reviews”

  1. Yes, you’re right Mark so thanks and link added. Sometimes in the past we were in too much of a hurry to post entries and overlooked the obvious. I’m pretty sure we’ve linked to your site elsewhere tho… Adrian

  2. This is an admirable, ambitious project and I’m delighted that THE NIGHT CALLER is getting celebrated and included.

    I know it’s difficult to find interesting photos, but could I please ask that you link or thank sites that you get several photos from, or rare scans, like my paperback tie-in. It’s not a problem, I search far and wide for photos for my own articles, but I think it’s cool to link back to the original source.

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