Friday, February 4, 2011

THE FLESH EATERS / Vulcan Productions Inc. - 1964

Welcome to Friday Frights with Tabonga, here at The Dungeon!.. Tonite's feature is one of the coolest little flicks you could ever hope for, it gots it all! Unfortunately, I thought this version had the rare Nazi experiments flashback segment, but, it doesn't... So solly! Well, at least it's widescreen.

Bombs away!..

I will now attempt to channel Eegah!! for a minute... Okay, here it comes... "The opening sequence of "The Flesh Eaters" has a boy and girl on a boat with the radio playing in the background, the voice on the radio, Jack Curtis says, “Now here's a real gasser, a hot biscuit from the old rhythm and blues oven, your old favorites, the Teen Killers singing Pete’s Beat.” Arnold Drake, the writer of "Flesh Eaters", who went on to write "Doom Patrol" & "Deadman" for DC Comics, wrote the song, whistled and sang it. "Behind this Membrane...You Will Be Driven To a Point...Midway Between Life and Death!" 'Nuf said?

Let's bring in our little Friday helper, that 6-eyed furry freek, Ralphie The Tarantula! He's here to be pushin' that big red 'GO' button over there by the toaster, and start our Eariffic Earclip for... THE FLESH EATERS!

We start our flick wif' another '3 hour tour' gone haywire... I think the seaplane's a Colonial "Skimmer."

Once on the deserted island, alcoholic movie star Laura Winters tries to get in good with the evil Professor Bartell, you know, just in case he's got some booze stashed away somewhere.

There's this great footage of the beach littered with thousands of dead, decomposed fish. How lucky was that?!

Our hero and pilot, Grant Murdoch, gets a few of the flesh eating critters on his leg. Jan takes her blouse off to make a bandage for him... Whotta girl! Jan is played by Barbara Wilkin, Barb was in THE OUTER LIMITS episode 'Expanding Human.'

I'm comin' my people!.. Omar is played by Ray Tudor. Ray had one other role 5 years later, dead last uncredited credit in THE SIDEHACKERS! Eegah!! and Tabonga have more acting credits than that!

Jan and Grant check out the professor's super solar generator. It has kind of a KRONOS thing going on...

Matt tries to bring supplies in his motorboat to the professor, but is splashed in the face with water that's full of them devilish little flesh eaters!

Professor Bartell is definitely one accommodating son of a bitch!

After Omar slugs down his pop laced with flesh eaters, well, his guts start pouring out! Then, the professor tapes the screams of pain... When I saw these stills in FM #29 in 1964, I have to say, they freaked me out a little!

Omar's screams can be heard on the tape recorder that the professor placed on the raft with him, to make it look and sound like Omar tried to leave the island on his own. The bottom photo shows you where the flesh eaters came out!

Jan discovers something stinky in the tent!

When Professor Bartell tries to strangle Grant, he's the one that gets pushed into the infested water! Martin Kosleck is great in AGENT FOR H.A.R.M. as madman Basil Malko, who was trying to get his hands on the deadly 'spore gun!'

Grant and Jan watch as a giant creature is born out of the ocean. Looks like it's having a Mr. Bubble bath.

Grant approaches it, gets a ride on the monster's claw, then injects human blood into the cyclops eyeball because that's the only way to stop it!.. Okay, who wrote this?!

Ghoulnight Everbloody!..


Ivan said...

What? No audio of Kosleck snarling, "These things want FLESH! Any kind of flesh! And they'll eat their way through anything to get to it!"
But that's okay, because I'm just so glad you featured one of my all-time fave horror flicks.
And that girl from the boat at the beginning? Va-va-va-VOOM! I've had a crush on her since I first saw this movie (on late-night local NYC TV).

Prof. Grewbeard said...

glad i didn't see this one when i was a kid, too sensitive!...

Christopher said...

all this and flesh eaters too! ?

Exeter said...

This is indeed a great one!
"There's something inside me, and it's eating it's way out!"
What a great tag line!

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