Night Caller from Outer Space

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Night Caller from Outer Space
"Night Caller from Outer Space" (1965).jpg
Directed byJohn Gilling
Produced byRonald Liles
Written byFrank Crisp (novel)
Jim O'Connolly (screenplay)
StarringJohn Saxon
Maurice Denham
Patricia Haines
Alfred Burke
Warren Mitchell
Music byJohn Gregory (composed and directed by)
CinematographyStephen Dade
Edited byPhilip Barnikel
Production
company
Armitage Film Productions Ltd.
Distributed byButcher's Film Service (UK)
Release date
1965
Running time
85 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
LanguageEnglish

Night Caller from Outer Space, also known as simply The Night Caller or Blood Beast from Outer Space, is a British 1965 science fiction film directed by John Gilling.[1] It is based on Frank Crisp's novel The Night Callers. A colourised version of the film was released in 2011.

Plot[edit]

Scientist Jack Costain (John Saxon) and his aides investigate a meteorite in the British countryside, discovering that it is an alien device from Ganymede, a moon of Jupiter. They capture a tall alien and take it to their lab, but it escapes. Shortly thereafter, teenage girls begin to go missing after answering an advertisement in 'Bikini Girl' magazine. It turns out the alien wants to use women from Earth for breeding purposes.[2][3]

Cast[edit]

Reception[edit]

In a contemporary review, "Byro." of Variety declared that "it is simply too well-made for its own commercial good" and that it was "far above average of its kind, but it eschews a standard action-adventure climax in favor of a "philosophical" one."[4] "Byro." noted that audiences at a 42nd street screening showed their displeasure with the film "quite volubly".[4]

Leonard Maltin called it a "well-done sci-fi thriller" and gave it two-and-a-half stars out of four.[5]

Notes[edit]

UK prints of the film feature Alan Haven's version of the hit instrumental "Image" as its theme.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Night Caller | BFI | BFI". Explore.bfi.org.uk. Retrieved 11 April 2014.
  2. ^ Puchalski, Steven (2002). Slimetime: a guide to sleazy, mindless movies (2nd ed.). Headpress/Critical Vision. p. 207. ISBN 1-900486-21-0.
  3. ^ Deming, Mark. "Blood Beast From Outer Space (1966)". The New York Times. Retrieved 19 September 2009.
  4. ^ a b Variety's Film Reviews 1964-1967. 11. R. R. Bowker. 1983. There are no page numbers in this book. This entry is found under the header "November 8, 1967". ISBN 0-8352-2790-1.
  5. ^ Maltin, Leonard (2008). Leonard Maltin's 2009 Movie Guide. Penguin Group. p. 980. ISBN 0-452-28978-5.

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