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Nightbeast (1982)

A creature from outer space crash lands in a small town and starts killing people.

Directors:

Don Dohler, Dave Geatty (uncredited)

Writer:

Don Dohler
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Griffith Tom Griffith ... Sheriff Cinder
Jamie Zemarel Jamie Zemarel ... Jamie Lambert
Karin Kardian Karin Kardian ... Lisa Kent
George Stover ... Steven Price
Don Leifert ... Drago
Anne Frith Anne Frith ... Ruth Sherman
Eleanor Herman Eleanor Herman ... Mary Jane
Richard Dyszel ... Mayor Bert Wicker
Greg Dohler Greg Dohler ... Greg
Kim Pfeiffer Kim Pfeiffer ... Kim (as Kim Dohler)
Monica Neff Monica Neff ... Suzie
Glenn Barnes Glenn Barnes ... Glenn
Rose Wolfe Rose Wolfe ... Glenn's Girl
Jerry Schuerholz Jerry Schuerholz ... Hunter
Hank Stuhmer Hank Stuhmer ... Hunter
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Baltimore filmaker Don Dohler does an update on his 1979 film "The Alien Factor" this time only a single alien(reptilian looking)crash landing near a small town and going on a rampage. Written by Humberto Amador

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His Hands Tear Through Flesh and Bone! See more »

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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Official Sites:

Troma

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

November 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Terror from the Unknown See more »

Filming Locations:

Perry Hall, Maryland, USA See more »

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Budget:

$42,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

One of the titles featured on the "Section 3 Video Nasties" list in the UK in the early 1980s. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Hunter: What the hell was that?
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Connections

Followed by Alien Factor 2: The Alien Rampage (2001) See more »

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An oddly effective independent tale of sci-fi/horror
15 July 2016 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

NIGHTBEAST is independent film-maker Don Dohler's follow up to his oddly brilliant ALIEN FACTOR, and it's another quirky, action-packed sci-fi offering. In fact, it's very similar to ALIEN FACTOR, albeit with the crucial difference that there's only a single alien creature rampaging through rural America in this film.

NIGHTBEAST starts with a bang by chronicling the alien's violent arrival on Earth and doesn't really let up from there. The narrative is an odyssey of cheesy 1980s-era computer effects of ray guns firing and subsequent disintegrations, mixed with the more adult exploitation staples of gore and nudity. Of the former, one of the alien's early victims gets graphically disembowelled by the entity, while half of the cast members seem willing to strip down for long-winded sex scenes used to pad out the narrative.

While this padding threatens to drag the film's entertainment value down, thankfully it never overwhelms the production or its emphasis on low-rent action sequences. Although the majority of the movie takes place at night, Dohler keeps things watchable and there's a surprising amount of atmosphere in the production too. The alien itself is undoubtedly inspired by ALIEN but looks even meaner even though the special effects aren't as good.


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