Beast from Haunted Cave

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The Beast from Haunted Cave
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Directed by Monte Hellman
Produced by Gene Corman
Written by Charles B. Griffith
Starring Michael Forest
Frank Wolff
Music by Alexander Laszlo
Cinematography Andrew M. Costikyan
Edited by Anthony Carras
Production
company
Northern Pictures
Distributed by Filmgroup
Allied Artists Pictures
Release dates
January 1, 1959 (1959-01-01)
Running time
75 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Beast from Haunted Cave is a 1959 horror/gangster/heist film directed by Monte Hellman and starring Michael Forest, Frank Wolff, Richard Sinatra, and Sheila Carroll. Filmed in South Dakota at the same time as Ski Troop Attack, it tells the story of bank robbers fleeing in the snow who run afoul of a giant spider-like monster that feeds on humans. The film war released as a double feature with The Wasp Woman

Screenwriter Charles B. Griffith rewrote an earlier screenplay for the film Naked Paradise. A third version of this storyline appeared as the comedy film Creature from the Haunted Sea.[1][2]

Plot[edit]

A group of criminals, led by the ruthless Alexander Ward (Frank Wolff), hatch a plan to steal gold bars from a vault in Deadwood, South Dakota. Ward sends one of his henchmen, Marty (Richard Sinatra), to set an explosive in a nearby gold mine, the detonation of which will act as a diversion for their heist. Although Marty, accompanied by a local barmaid (Linné Ahlstrand), succeeds in setting the explosive, he encounters a beast (Chris Robinson) in the mine. The beast kills the barmaid, but Marty escapes with his life.

The next morning, the explosive goes off as planned and Marty and his gang succeed in stealing gold bars from the vault. They set off to a remote cabin, led by a local guide named Gil Jackson (Michael Forest), where they hope to be picked up by a plane. Gil is initially unaware of their plans, but he becomes suspicious when he hears reports of the robbery on the radio and discovers that they're carrying handguns. They reach the cabin without incident, but once there, a violent snowstorm delays the plane's arrival. Marty's "secretary," Gypsy (Sheila Noonan), is taken by the young Gil and tells him that Marty plans to kill him once the plane arrives. Gil and Gypsy take off back to town together.

Marty, who still carries unpleasant memories of his encounter with the beast, has all the while been concerned about being followed. He encounters the beast again during the trip to the cabin, but his companions think he's losing his mind. Eventually, however, they become convinced of the beast's reality when they see it attack the other of Marty's henchmen, Byron (Wally Campo). Despite their fears of further attacks, the gang is set on tracking down Gil and Gypsy before they reach town, so they head to a nearby cave. Another snowstorm forces Gil and Gypsy to take shelter in the cave as well, which turns out to be the lair of the beast. In the final struggle, the beast kills the remaining gang members, but Marty shoots it with a flare gun before he dies. Gil and Gypsy are left to watch as the monster is burned to death.

Cast[edit]

  • Michael Forest as Gil Jackson
  • Sheila Noonan as Gypsy Boulet
  • Frank Wolff as Alexander Ward
  • Richard Sinatra as Marty Jones
  • Wally Campo as Byron Smith
  • Linné Ahlstrand as Natalie, the bar-girl
  • Chris Robinson as The Beast
  • Jaclyn Zeman as Jill Jackson (Gil's sister)(scenes filmed for TV prints)

Production[edit]

Chris Robinson, who later starred on General Hospital, both constructed and portrayed the "beast".

Reception[edit]

Home Media Release[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Corman, Roger; Jerome, Jim. How I Made a Hundred Movies in Hollywood and Never Lost a Dime. Da Capo Press. pp. 70–74. ISBN 0-306-80874-9. 
  2. ^ Ray, Fred Olen (1991). The New Poverty Row: Independent Filmmakers As Distributors. McFarland & Company. p. 40. ISBN 0-89950-628-3. 

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