Recycled Horror

by emertens | created - 30 Jun 2012 | updated - 14 Nov 2014 | Public

A Serious Danger to the Environment.

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1. Psycho à Go-Go (1967)

GP | 85 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

A mad scientist implants an electronic device into the brain of an injured soldier, which turns him into a psychotic killer.

Director: Al Adamson | Stars: John Carradine, Kent Taylor, Tommy Kirk, Regina Carrol

Votes: 480

In 1965 Al Adamson produced/directed a low budget quickie called "Psycho A Go-Go". It wasn't very successful...

Four years later Adamson added some new scenes to it and gave it a new title: "Fiend with the Electronic Brain". Needless to say, it was as bad as the previous version.

In 1971 Adamson decided to "enhance" his cinematic offspring with even more new scenes. And of course he changed the title once again, this time to: "The Man with the Synthetic Brain". Although the cast now featured several well-known stars, the film was still a big flop.

No prob to Adamson. The next year he renamed his creation for the third time and re-re-re-released it as "Blood of Ghastly Horror". Finally the movie was a huge success. Not!    

2. Voyage to the Prehistoric Planet (1965)

Unrated | 74 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi

In 2020, after the colonization of the moon, the spaceships Vega, Sirius and Capella are launched from Lunar Station 7. They are to explore Venus under the command of Professor Hartman, but... See full summary »

Directors: Curtis Harrington, Pavel Klushantsev | Stars: Basil Rathbone, Faith Domergue, Marc Shannon, Christopher Brand

Votes: 1,305

A Roger Corman reworking of Planeta Bur with additional scenes with Faith Domergue and Basil Rathbone.

3. Voyage to the Planet of Prehistoric Women (1968)

Unrated | 78 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi

Astronauts landing on Venus encounter dangerous creatures and almost meet some sexy Venusian women who like to sun-bathe in hip-hugging skin-tight pants and seashell brassieres.

Director: Peter Bogdanovich | Stars: Mamie Van Doren, Mary Marr, Paige Lee, Gennadi Vernov

Votes: 1,176

A second American reworking of Planeta Bur. Corman removed the footage from his 1965 "version" and added some new, featuring Mamie Van Doren.

4. Face of the Screaming Werewolf (1964)

Not Rated | 60 min | Horror

Experimenting in hypnotic regression to past lives, Dr. Edmund Redding of the Cowan Institute in Pasadena has discovered that Ann Taylor is a reincarnated Aztec woman. Via her recovered ... See full summary »

Directors: Gilberto Martínez Solares, Rafael Portillo, Jerry Warren | Stars: Lon Chaney Jr., Yerye Beirute, George Mitchell, Fred Hoffman

Votes: 291

Jerry Warren threw together two Mexican horror movies, "La Casa Del Terror" and "La Momia Azteca". He recorded his own scenes in order to combine them in some plot about a woman leading a team of archaeologists to find two ancient and evil mummies, one of whom is a mummified werewolf ... and it all makes absolutely no sense.

5. Horror of the Blood Monsters (1970)

GP | 85 min | Adventure, Horror, Sci-Fi

In the near future with a intergalactic vampire plague threatening earth, an expedition is sent to a distant galaxy in hopes of discovering the plague's source. Landing on a mysterious ... See full summary »

Director: Al Adamson | Stars: John Carradine, Robert Dix, Vicki Volante, Joey Benson

Votes: 732

Horror of the Blood Monsters uses different footage from various other films including One Million B.C. (1960), Unknown Island (1948), Robot Monster (1953), The Wizard of Mars (1965) & Tagani (1965). Those which were filmed in black&white got an unicolor tint to match the rest...

6. Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2 (1987)

R | 88 min | Horror, Thriller

The now-adult Ricky talks to a psychiatrist about how he became a murderer after his brother, Billy, died, which leads back to Mother Superior.

Director: Lee Harry | Stars: Eric Freeman, James Newman, Elizabeth Kaitan, Jean Miller

Votes: 5,061 | Gross: $0.15M

From the imdb trivia page:

"The producers of Silent Night, Deadly Night wanted director Lee Harry to re-cut the first film and insert just one or two new scenes ... But screenwriters L. Harry, J. H. Earle, D. Patterson and L. Appelbaum, wrote short vignettes involving the patient's youth ... and eventually it became this sequel. But there was not enough material for a full length film, so numerous flashback sequences were used to extend the running time. When the film still ran short, a lengthy closing-credits sequence (nearly ten minutes in length, showing the full cast and crew of this film and its predecessor) was added to pad-out the film's running time even further."

7. Boo (1932)

10 min | Short, Comedy, Horror

A wisecracking narrator mocks footage featuring Frankenstein's monster and Count Dracula.

Director: Albert DeMond | Stars: Morton Lowry, Mae Clarke, Lawrence Grant, Raymond Hackett

Votes: 561

A wisecracking narrator mocks footage from Nosferatu (1922) and Frankenstein (1931). He was shot the next day...

A "reworking" of The Legend of Blood Mountain. Basically the same movie, but... with some newly shot extra footage. Brilliant!

9. Curse of Bigfoot (1975 TV Movie)

Unrated | 88 min | Horror

Original film was called "Teenagers Battle the Thing" made in 1958. Approximately 59 minutes.

Director: Dave Flocker | Stars: Bob Clymire, Jan Swihart, Bill Simonsen, Dennis Kottmeier

Votes: 516

Starts with some newly added footage. The worst of the worst. And ends with the total "The Teenagers Battle the Thing" which for some reason was released in black&white in 1958. Curse of Bigfoot contains a color version. There's no entree on the imdb to "The Teenagers Battle the Thing, but both public domain movies can be downloaded from

A rather amusing Rifftrax version is also available.

10. Creature of the Walking Dead (1965)

Not Rated | 74 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

A mad scientist, who discovered the secret of eternal youth by draining of blood from a young woman, gets executed. His ancestor moves into the home, eventually discovering the scientist's body. He revives him, and the terror continues.

Director: Jerry Warren | Stars: Rock Madison, Ann Wells, George Todd, Willard Gross

Votes: 120

The original Mexican film was called La Marca del Muerto (1961). Jerry Warren bought the rights of it, threw in a few new scenes, took out a lot of the dialogue and dubbed the rest in English. Instead of dialogue he mostly added rather aggravating narration. There's a clear difference in quality between the atmospheric original scenes and the inferior ones that were added by Warren.

11. They Saved Hitler's Brain (1968 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 91 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Nazi madmen preserve Hitler's brain on a small tropical island until the time is right to resurrect him and, along with him, the Third Reich.

Director: David Bradley | Stars: Walter Stocker, Audrey Caire, Carlos Rivas, John Holland

Votes: 722

Originally released as Madmen of Mandoras (1963). Additional footage of course was added.

12. The Sky Calls (1959)

77 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi

Two countries race to have the first successful landing on Mars.

Directors: Mikhail Karzhukov, Aleksandr Kozyr, Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: Ivan Pereverzev, Aleksandr Shvorin, Linda Barrett, Konstantin Bartashevich

Votes: 642

I've added this title because there was no imdb entree to the American re-edited version called Battle Beyond the Sun from 1963. (The link goes to from where you can download this public domain movie.) However the imdb gives this information on the trivia page: "The credit on the U.S. version of the film, "Battle Beyond the Sun", was given to 'Thomas Colchart', a pseudonym for then aspiring filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola. Roger Corman gave him the task of creating two monsters resembling genitalia (one male, one female) which were amusingly spliced into the film."

Some interesting information about "Battle Beyond The Sun" can be found here

13. Queen of Blood (1966)

Unrated | 78 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

The year is 1990. An alien species makes contact with Earth through radio transmission, notifying of an imminent visit. An alien ship crash lands on Mars, and a rescue team is sent from ... See full summary »

Director: Curtis Harrington | Stars: John Saxon, Basil Rathbone, Judi Meredith, Dennis Hopper

Votes: 1,444

From the imdb trivia page:

This was an ultra low budget production. The elaborate special effects were taken (uncredited) from two big budget Soviet productions, _Mechte Navstrechu (1963)_, and _Nebo Zovyot (1960)

14. Godzilla, King of the Monsters! (1956)

Not Rated | 80 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

60 Metascore

A 400-foot (122-meter) dinosaur-like beast, awoken from undersea hibernation off the Japanese coast by atomic-bomb testing, attacks Tokyo.

Directors: Ishirô Honda, Terry O. Morse | Stars: Raymond Burr, Takashi Shimura, Momoko Kôchi, Akira Takarada

Votes: 6,408

The Americanized version of Gojira from 1954.

15. Planet Outlaws (1953)

Approved | 69 min | Action, Family, Sci-Fi

A 20th Century pilot named Buck Rogers and his young friend Buddy Wade awake from 500 years in suspended animation to find that the world has been taken over by the outlaw army of Killer Kane.

Directors: Ford Beebe, Saul A. Goodkind | Stars: Buster Crabbe, Constance Moore, Jackie Moran, Jack Mulhall

Votes: 302

This is an edited version of the 1939 serial Buck Rogers.

16. The Magnetic Monster (1953)

Approved | 76 min | Sci-Fi

The Office of Scientific Investigation sends A-Men agents to investigate reports of unusual magnetic activity in various communities.

Directors: Curt Siodmak, Herbert L. Strock | Stars: Richard Carlson, King Donovan, Jean Byron, Harry Ellerbe

Votes: 983

Uses stock footage of the underground magneto-dynamo from the German science fiction thriller Gold from 1934!

17. Missile Monsters (1958)

Approved | 75 min | Sci-Fi

Feature version of 1950 serial "Flying Disc Man from Mars."

Director: Fred C. Brannon | Stars: Walter Reed, Lois Collier, James Craven, Gregory Gaye

Votes: 26

Feature version of the previously released serial, Flying Disc Man from Mars (1950).

18. Varan the Unbelievable (1962)

Unrated | 70 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

A prehistoric behemoth is unwittingly awaken from hibernation due to a U.S-Japanese military experiment on it's watery lair for economic means, where it proceeds in attacking Japan.

Directors: Jerry A. Baerwitz, Ishirô Honda | Stars: Myron Healey, Tsuruko Kobayashi, Clifford Kawada, Derick Shimatsu

Votes: 584

an American-produced adaptation of the material from Daikaijû Baran


  • This one has American actors (e.g. Myron Healey)
  • a plot about trying to desalinize water
  • 70 instead of 90 minutes long
  • Varan's first appearance is different
  • a different musical score

19. Godzilla vs. Gigan (1972)

PG | 89 min | Action, Adventure, Family

A man begins to suspect that something is wrong about his employers; meanwhile, Godzilla and Anguirus are alerted to something strange going on.

Director: Jun Fukuda | Stars: Hiroshi Ishikawa, Yuriko Hishimi, Minoru Takashima, Tomoko Umeda

Votes: 3,462

From the imdb trivia page:

"As a cost-saving measure, stock footage from Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster, Invasion of Astro-Monster, Destroy All Monsters and other films were incorporated into the film (these films feature scenes of Godzilla, King Ghidorah and Angilas). Also the entire score of the film was composed of a re-used Akira Ifukube scores from numerous Toho Sci-Fi pieces."

20. Hellish Spiders (1968)

Not Rated | 85 min | Sci-Fi, Action, Horror

Arácnea's residents have been desperately searching for a source of food to save the life of their queen. Earth is chosen, since human brains are apparently like health food for alien spiders.

Director: Federico Curiel | Stars: Blue Demon, Blanca Sánchez, Martha Elena Cervantes, Ramón Bugarini

Votes: 48

The English title for this movie is "Hellish Spiders".

It used footage from Teenagers from Outer Space and Plan 9 from Outer Space!!!!!!

By Jove... What can one say about that?!

21. Doctor Dracula (1978)

R | 88 min | Horror

An evil hypnotist puts a beautiful woman under his spell.

Directors: Paul Aratow, Al Adamson | Stars: John Carradine, Don 'Red' Barry, Larry Hankin, Geoffrey Land

Votes: 317

This is another of Adamson's patchwork features cobbled together using an older unfinished film (LUCIFER'S WOMEN) mixed with newer footage featuring Adamson regulars John Carradine and Regina Carroll.

22. Blood Bath (1966)

Not Rated | 62 min | Horror

A crazed artist who believes himself to be the reincarnation of a murderous vampire kills young women, then boils their bodies in a vat.

Directors: Jack Hill, Stephanie Rothman | Stars: William Campbell, Marissa Mathes, Lori Saunders, Sandra Knight

Votes: 605

In 1964 Roger Corman hired Jack Hill to write and direct a horror film with the condition that he make liberal use of footage from "Operation Titian"

However, Corman didn't like the resulting film, so he shelved it for a year, bringing it out for director Stephanie Rothman to revise. Rothman turned the possessed sculptor into a vampire, shot extensive new footage (using a few members of the supporting cast) and finally "Blood Bath" was created (as the co-feature for "Queen of Blood" in 1966).

When it was prepared for TV release, Corman changed the title to "Track of the Vampire" (Rothman's title of choice) and added approximately 11 minutes of additional footage (some of it outtakes from Hill's and Rothman's shoots). Further complicating matters, Corman released the English-dubbed version of "Operation Titian" directly to TV at about the same time as "Portrait In Terror".

Quote from its Wikipedia page:

Blood Bath had possibly the most convoluted production history of any horror movie ever made.

In 1963, while on vacation in Europe, Corman made a deal to distribute an unproduced Yugoslavian espionage thriller to be titled Operacija Ticijan/Operation: Titian. Corman bought the rights to the film for $20,000 and insisted on control over the production to ensure it could be adequately “Americanized”. To this end, Corman provided two cast members, William Campbell and Patrick Magee, who had appeared together in Corman’s The Young Racers and Francis Ford Coppola’s Corman-produced Dementia 13. In addition, Coppola was installed as the production’s script supervisor. The completed film was deemed unreleasable by Corman, although a redubbed, slightly re-edited version was eventually released directly to television under the title Portrait in Terror.

In 1964, Corman asked director Jack Hill to salvage the film. Hill filmed additional sequences in Venice, California, in order to match the original movie’s European look, and turned the former spy thriller into a horror movie about a crazed madman who kills his models and makes sculptures out of their dead bodies. Campbell was available for the reshoots and insisted on a sizeable paycheck to appear in the film, reportedly angering Corman, who nonetheless agreed to the actor’s demands. Hill added all of the beatnik-related scenes shot with Sid Haig and Jonathan Haze, and was responsible for what many fans believe is the single most effective sequence in the film, the hatchet murder of Melissa Mathes. Magee’s role was more or less retained intact in this version. However, Hill’s version of the film, retitled Blood Bath, has never been released, as Corman once again was unhappy with the results.

In 1966, Corman made another attempt to create a workable film. He hired another director, Stephanie Rothman, to change the story as she saw fit. While retaining much of Hill’s footage, she changed the plot from a story about a deranged, murderous artist to a story about a deranged, murderous artist who is also a vampire. Because Campbell refused to participate in yet another reshoot, Rothman was forced to use a completely different actor for the new murder scenes. This meant Rothman now had to provide the Campbell character with the ability to magically transform his physical shape whenever he turned into a vampire, in order to explain why the vampire-killer looked nothing like Campbell. Almost all of the scenes Rothman added, including those with Sandra Knight, were among the most derivative, and therefore the weakest, in the film. This time around, Magee’s role was almost completely excised. He appears as the jealous husband of a nightclub dancer (played by Anna Pavane) who poses for Sordi but is not murdered. He tracks Sordi to his studio and attempts to kill the artist but is pushed into the boiling wax. For reasons known only to him, it was this version of the film that most pleased Corman, and it was subsequently briefly released to theatres by American International Pictures, retaining Hill's Blood Bath title. Both Hill and Rothman were credited as co-directors. The film's co-feature was Queen of Blood, which was cobbled together by Corman and co-produced by Rothman. Hill later claimed that Rothman's changes "totally ruined" the film.[1]

A fifth version of the film exists. Rothman’s Blood Bath ran 69 minutes, which was deemed too short for television showings. More new footage was added, including a six- minute sequence showing Linda Saunders dancing non-stop on the beach. The film was retitled Track of the Vampire, and it is this TV version that is the most commonly known of all five films today, available in a wide variety of “public domain” videotapes and DVDs.

Music for the film was cribbed from scores that composer Ronald Stein wrote for earlier Roger Corman productions, most notably The Undead and Dementia 13.

23. Merlin's Shop of Mystical Wonders (1996 Video)

Unrated | 92 min | Fantasy, Horror

Two creepy "horror" films joined together by Merlin's Shop which is, in turn, introduced by a Grandpa telling the story.

Director: Kenneth J. Berton | Stars: Ernest Borgnine, George Milan, Bunny Summers, John Terrence

Votes: 4,144

The second segment of the film is a recut version of The Devil's Gift, a 1984 film made by the same director.

24. Criminally Insane 2 (1987)

70 min | Horror, Thriller

A mental hospital, faced with a severe decrease in funding, is forced to release mass-murderer Ethel Janowski into a halfway house. Ethel is psychotic, delusional and has a hefty appetite. ... See full summary »

Director: Nick Millard | Stars: Priscilla Alden, Michael Flood, Jane Lambert, Robert Copple

Votes: 403

25. A Night to Dismember (1989)

Not Rated | 69 min | Horror

A woman from a "cursed" family is released from a mental facility, and soon dismembered corpses start turning up.

Director: Doris Wishman | Stars: Samantha Fox, Diane Cummins, Saul Meth, Miriam Meth

Votes: 601

From the imdb trivia page:

According to an unverified claim by director Doris Wishman, much of the negative for the movie was destroyed by a disgruntled lab employee. Wishman then spent the next few years re-writing and re-editing the film, mixing new and existing footage and adding a voice-over narration to the soundtrack.

26. Attack of the Mayan Mummy (1964 TV Movie)

Unrated | 77 min | Horror

Following the death of his sister, who was co-director with him of the Cowan Research Center in Pasadena, Dr. Frederick Munson was ousted and replaced by his widowed brother-in-law, Dr. ... See full summary »

Directors: Rafael Portillo, Jerry Warren | Stars: Nina Knight, Richard Webb, John Burton, Peter Mills

Votes: 112

In 1964 Jerry Warren bought the US rights to the Mexican film The Aztec Mummy from 1957. He cut out 45 minutes of the original movie and replaced the footage with 45 minutes of scientists & newspaper men TALKING!!

27. Revenge in the House of Usher (1983)

Not Rated | 93 min | Horror

A young doctor visits the secluded home of his ailing mentor - Eric Usher - who believes the house itself is alive and plotting to drive him insane, manifesting itself through ghostly apparitions.

Directors: Jesús Franco, Olivier Mathot | Stars: Howard Vernon, Antonio Mayans, Lina Romay, Fata Morgana

Votes: 371

As Usher remembers the past, many sequences from THE AWFUL DOCTOR ORLOFF are inserted to achieve the running time of 90 minutes.

28. One Million B.C. (1940)

Approved | 80 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Romance

Tale of Prehistoric survival and love between a male and a female belonging to opposing tribes that happened to be at slightly different stages of evolution.

Directors: Hal Roach Jr., Hal Roach | Stars: Victor Mature, Carole Landis, Lon Chaney Jr., Conrad Nagel

Votes: 1,143

This time it's the other way around:

Footage from this movie was used in:

Tarzan's Desert Mystery (1943) Superman serial (1948 - one chapter) Atom Man vs. Superman (1950) Two Lost Worlds (1950) The Lost Volcano (1950; Bomba, the Jungle Boy series) Godzilla Raids Again (American verson) Jungle Manhunt (1951) Smoky Canyon (1952) The Schaefer Century Theatre (the Yesterday's World episode) Untamed Women (1952) Robot Monster (1953) The Lost Planet (1953) King Dinosaur (1955) Space Ship Sappy (1957) The Incredible Petrified World (1957) Teenage Cave Man (1958) Three Stooges (1958) She Demons (1958) Valley of the Dragons (1961) Los fantasmas burlones (1964) Aventura al centro de la tierra (1966) Journey to the Center of Time (1967) La Isla De Los Dinosaurios (1967) One Million AC/DC (1969) Horror of the Blood Monsters (1970) Tarzan the Mighty Man (1974) TerrorVision (1986) Attack of the B Movie Monster (1989)

29. Raptor (2001 Video)

R | 81 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

When a series of unexplained vicious animal attacks strikes his community, Sheriff Jim Tanner and his assistant Barbara trace them back to a Dr. Hyde, a former military researcher whose ... See full summary »

Directors: Jim Wynorski, John Blush | Stars: Eric Roberts, Corbin Bernsen, Melissa Brasselle, Tim Abell

Votes: 1,129

For now, I quote one of the imdb reviewers of this movie: Raptor isn't a tribute to the Carnosaur films, and not even a remake. Raptor IS the "Carnosaur" films, or at least the film's dinosaur-induced death scenes, haphazardly spliced together with trace elements of the original plot and some newly shot scenes (end quote)

Will write my own little text later on.

30. The Eden Formula (2006 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 92 min | Action, Adventure, Horror

In the industrial district of downtown Los Angeles, Dr.Harrison Parker (Jeff Fahey) has developed the Eden Formula."This new,revolutionary,cutting-edge technology can synthetically reproduce virtually any organism. And it does!

Director: John Carl Buechler | Stars: Jeff Fahey, Dee Wallace, Tony Todd, Alexandra Ford

Votes: 239

The movie is strongly connected to the Carnosaur films mostly for using recycled footage of the T-Rex in the first two movies in the series.

31. The Curious Dr. Humpp (1969)

X | 87 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

This movie is about a doctor who kidnaps people, couples who are having sex. He takes them to his mansion where they are being kept as prisoners. He injects his subjects with a substance to... See full summary »

Directors: Emilio Vieyra, Jerald Intrator | Stars: Ricardo Bauleo, Gloria Prat, Aldo Barbero, Susana Beltrán

Votes: 418

The Curious Dr. Humpp (1971, Directed by Emilio Vieyra)

The Curious Dr. Humpp is a strange little number originally titled "La Venganza del Sexo" (The Vengeance of Sex) from Argentina. It was renamed for the American audience, re-dubbed, and apparently had extra sex-scenes added to pad its run time.

32. Hallucinations of a Deranged Mind (1978)

86 min | Horror

This movie is basically a vehicle for recycling footage from the eccentric pantheon of Brazil's premier horror filmmaker Jose Mojica Marins, whose own persona often melds with that of his ... See full summary »

Director: José Mojica Marins | Stars: José Mojica Marins, Jorge Peres, Magna Miller, Jaime Cortez

Votes: 283

34. Half Human (1958)

63 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

Japanese villagers worship a monster and his son who live in an island cave. Some circus people hear about them, go to the island to capture the monster and wind up shooting its son. Then ... See full summary »

Directors: Kenneth G. Crane, Ishirô Honda | Stars: John Carradine, Russell Thorson, Robert Karnes, Morris Ankrum

Votes: 270

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