Saturday, September 1, 2007

THE FLESH EATERS

Dark Sky Films, a subsidiary of MPI, continues to impress with their new line of cult and B-movies. My favorite so far has to be THE FLESH EATERS, a nifty, nasty little sci-fi horror from 1962.

Directed by Jack Curtin (best known as a voice actor on cartoons like SPEED RACER) and written by Silver Age comic book writer Arnold Drake (Doom Patrol, Deadman), this low-budget effort shot on Long Island is an interesting transitional film in the genre. The plot is pure Fifties drive-in sci-fi hokum, but the movie includes numerous gory effects that foreshadow the horror films of the late Sixties and Seventies.

The performances are uniformly excellent. The cast is made up of various New York soap opera stars, all of whom overact just as much as necessary for a film of this stripe. Martin Kosleck is particularly good as the mysterious scientist, and Byron Sanders makes a suitably square-jawed hero.

Dark Sky's disc is remarkable, with an extremely good, 1.85:1 anamorphic letterboxed transfer of this rare, black & white shocker. The disc includes two effective trailers and a deleted "Nazi Experiments" sequence, along with outtakes from that sequence.

A great presentation of a rare and important B-movie. Recommended.

BUY: The Flesh Eaters