‘The blood lust of a frenzied vampire’
The Blood Beast Terror is a 1967 British horror feature film directed by Vernon Sewell (Ghost Ship; Burke & Hare) from a screenplay by Peter Bryan (The Plague of the Zombies, The Brides of Dracula). It was produced by Tigon and released in February 1968 on a double-bill with Castle of the Living Dead.
In the United States, the movie was released by Pacemaker Pictures on a double-bill with Italian import Slaughter of the Vampires as The Vampire-Beast Craves Blood.
In 19th century England, a series of grisly murders are taking place in the countryside near London. The victims are good-looking young men, between the ages of twenty and thirty, and all have had their throats torn open and their blood drained. The witness of the latest murder, a coachman named Joe Trigger (Leslie Anderson), is driven insane when he catches a glimpse of the mysterious killer.
Investigating the deaths are Detective Inspector Quennell (Peter Cushing) of Scotland Yard and his assistant, Sergeant Allan (Glynn Edwards, later in sex-murder mystery The Playbirds). Because Joe keeps ranting about a horrible winged creature with huge eyes (resulting in him in being declared insane by the police doctor), Quennell hatches a theory that perhaps a homicidal eagle is on the loose. At the scene of the latest killing, several shiny scales are discovered…
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“The Blood Beast Terror isn’t particularly terrifying, there isn’t much blood, and the beast is unsurprisingly silly. Yet thanks to steady direction from Vernon Sewell and the dignity of star Peter Cushing this is a reasonable sub-Hammer production, lent a certain cuteness by the passing of time.” Film4
“There’s simply not enough happening to keep it going for eighty-six minutes, and the fact that they start over from scratch in many ways and introduce a whole slew of new characters halfway through is painful. Sewell’s film has decent production values and a hokey – in a good way – creature, but that’s nowhere near enough to hold anyone’s attention.” Bloody-Disgusting
” … a dismally cheap affair even by the standards of the day, with scenes taking place around the same two buildings, and all external shots lensed tightly to disguise the fact that they seem to be different parts of the same building. In line with its cheapness is its dearth of imagination that gives every indication of being the result of Tigon producer Tony Tenser blurting out “Have we done a giant moth yet?” over a boozy lunch.” SciFiNow
“In the end, this largely forgotten, atmospheric creature feature is a decently fun watch though the idea of a were-moth is laughably silly. Then again, it is a large part of the film’s charm, making it worth revisiting just for its failed attempt to transform the notion into something scary.” Hi-Def Digest