Beast of the Yellow Night

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Beast of the Yellow Night
Beast of the Yellow Night.jpg
Film poster
Directed by Eddie Romero
Produced by Eddie Romero
John Ashley
David J. Cohen
Roger Corman
Beverly Miller
Written by Eddie Romero
Starring John Ashley
Music by Nestor Robles
Cinematography Justo Paulino
Edited by Ben Barcelon
Distributed by New World Pictures (USA)
Release date
1971
Running time
87 minutes
Country Philippines
Language Tagalog

Beast of the Yellow Night is a 1971 Filipino/American horror film, directed by Eddie Romero and starring John Ashley.

Plot[edit]

Near the end of World War II in the Philippines, Satan (Vic Diaz) saves murderer Joseph Langdon (Ashley) from death on condition that he become his disciple. Satan has Langdon inhabit the bodies of several people over the years, bringing out their latent evil and carrying out the evil deeds of the Devil for the next 25 years. Currently inhabiting the body of Phillip Rogers and with his own face, Langdon tries to exert his own free will but becomes a hairy murderous beast — a werewolf on the rampage — and kills a number of people. His wife Julia (Mary Wilcox) tries to support and comfort him during the day, as does his brother Earl (Ken Metcalfe), but when he meets blind former bandit Sabasas Nan (Andres Centenera), he starts to find the strength to fight back. Inspector de Santos (Leopoldo Salcedo) recognizes Rogers as being Langdon, and takes him into custody, under house arrest. Rogers attempts to make love to his wife but changes again and escapes. When he and Nan try to leave the city, they encounter the police and military and Rogers changes again, battling against the combined forces. When a gravely wounded Nan asks Rogers to pray for him, he does so, and in that moment, is shot by Lt. Campos, dies and reverts to his true age, his soul now free.

Cast[edit]

  • John Ashley as Joseph Langdon/Philip Rogers
  • Mary Charlotte Wilcox as Julia Rogers (as Mary Wilcox)
  • Leopoldo Salcedo as Inspector Santos
  • Eddie Garcia as Det. Lt. Campo
  • Ken Metcalfe as Earl Rogers
  • Vic Diaz as Satan
  • Andres Centenera as Blind Man
  • Ruben Rustia as Hospital Doctor
  • Don Lipman as U.S. Military Attaché
  • Jose Garcia
  • James Spencer
  • Carpi Asturias as Langdon's Jungle Contact
  • Jose Roy Jr.
  • Criselda
  • Joonee Gamboa as Mateo
  • Peter Magurean
  • Nora Nuñez
  • Johnny Long

Production[edit]

Ashley and Romero had made a series of movies in the Philippines for Hemisphere Pictures. When the owner of that company fell ill, Romero suggested to Ashley that they finance their own movie.[1] Additional funding came from Roger Corman for New World Pictures.[2]

The success of the movie led to Corman making a series of films in the Philippines, including The Big Doll House.

Release[edit]

Beast of the Yellow Night was released on DVD by Ventura Distribution on Aug 21, 2001. The film was reissued several times after its initial DVD release, usually as part of a multi-disc combo pack. It was last released by VCI Video as a part of a four-disc combo pack.[3]

Reception[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tom Weaver, "Interview with John Ashley", Interviews with B Science Fiction and Horror Movie Makers: Writers, Producers, Directors, Actors, Moguls and Makeup, McFarland 1988 p 42-43
  2. ^ Christopher T Koetting, Mind Warp!: The Fantastic True Story of Roger Corman's New World Pictures, Hemlock Books. 2009 p 21
  3. ^ "Beast of Yellow Night (1979) - Eddie Romero". AllMovie.com. AllMovie. Retrieved 13 October 2015. 

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