Friday, October 1, 2010

MANEATER OF HYDRA / Spain & W. Germany - 1967

Hello everbloody, welcome to the 1st Night Of Halloween, here at The Dungeon!.. Tonight's flick is a kookie little story about a vampire tree nurtured by an eccentric Baron on a small island. Other movies with monster plants include THE BOWERY BOYS MEET THE MONSTERS, WOMAN EATER, ANGRY RED PLANET, VOODOO ISLAND, INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS, NAVY vs THE NIGHT MONSTERS, THE LAND UNKNOWN, THE LOST WORLD, THE REVENGE OF DR. X, BRIDES OF BLOOD, KONGA, DAY OF THE TRIFFIDS, MUTINY IN OUTER SPACE, THE LAST DAYS OF PLANET EARTH, FREAKMAKER, DR. TERROR'S HOUSE OF HORRORS, THE LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS and ATTACK OF THE MUSHROOM PEOPLE!!

Poster shows the alternate title... That same year there was the British production of ISLAND OF THE BURNING DOOMED, which will be coming up in the next few months, here at The Dungeon!

And, it's directed by Mel Wells, who also directed LADY FRANKENSTEIN. He acted in ATTACK OF THE CRAB MONSTERS, THE UNDEAD (Smolkin), ROCK ALL NIGHT, THE 27th DAY, HIGH SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL, THE LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS and SHE BEAST.

Antón García Abril and José Muñoz Molleda composed the great music for our Eariffic Earclip, they both wrote almost exclusively for Spanish film and TV productions...

Okay then, here's lil' Dungeon helper pal, Ralphie The Tarantula, clearing a path to the big red 'GO' button by the old alligator pit (our garbage disposal) over there. Take it away, Ralphie!.. MANEATER OF HYDRA!

Everbloody was having a swell time driving to the Baron's place...

...Until stupid old Baldi jumped out in front of them... Bummer!

Here's Mr. and Mrs. Robinson, played by Rolf (NO SURVIVORS, PLEASE) von Nauckhoff and Kai (THE HELLFIRE CLUB) Fischer.

Then, there's the science nerds discussing pocket protectors at dinner. Cameron Mitchell looks young here, he'll be featured again this month in another Dungeon Favorite, Jerry Warren's last flick, FRANKENSTEIN ISLAND!

Looks like plants, tastes like meat!.. Go figure!!

Mrs. Robinson is horny for the Baron, you'll recognize that part in the soundclip!

Excuse me Mrs. Robinson, you must have misunderstood my intentions!..

Why are you doing this?!.. What movie am I in?!.. And, where's Catherwood?!

Closeup!!.. Whoa, a face only a mother could love! Dude is definitely a good sport!! Baldi is played by Mike Brendel.

OOPSIE!!..

Well, would you look at them purdy flowers there!.. Wait til I show the girls at the Botany Club these pitchers!!

The uncanny plant can extend whiplike branches and fasten a cuplike sucking 'mouth' to the victim... Kinda like what's going on with this lady here!

And, the infernal thing can go into people's rooms at night for a delicious midnight snack!

David and the Baron duel it out, in the rain... with axes!!

Wouldn't you know it, the Baron accidently severs his precious plant's juggler vein with his axe! Then, he gets poisoned and absorbed when he tries to stop the bleeding!

Ghoulnight Everbloody!!..

2 comments:

prof. grewbeard said...

aaah, i need to see this again, this one was one of those parents-didn't-know-i-was-watching-it-at-1 a.m.-and-it-freaked-me-out ones! and of course Cameron Mitchell is always awesome.

did you know Mel Welles(sp?)was also responsible for bringing Spectreman to the U.S.? his voice and scripts are all over it!

davidfullam said...

God I love this movie!

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