Night Fright

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Night Fright
Night Fright FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed byJames A. Sullivan
Written byRuss Marker
Produced byWallace Clyce Jr.
Starring
CinematographyRobert C. Jessup
Edited byArthur Sullivan
Music byChristopher Trussell
Release date
November 1967
Running time
88 minutes
65 minutes (UK)
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

Night Fright is a 1967 American science-fiction horror film directed by James A. Sullivan that was shot near Dallas, Texas.[1]

In the early 1980s, the film was re-titled in the United Kingdom for VHS release as E.T.N.: The Extraterrestrial Nastie, E.T.N.: The Extraterrestrial Nasty, The Extraterrestrial Nastie and The Extraterrestrial Nasty .

Plot summary[edit]

As part of NASA experiment Operation Noah's Ark, several animals are sent into space on a rocket. The experimential plan was to send the animals to circle the moon and return to test the effects of space on them.

Unfortunately, radiation interferes with the rocket's operation, which mutates the animals and causes the rocket to crash land near Satan's Hollow, Texas. Locals think the crashing rocket is a UFO.

The Texas community is beset by a rash of mysterious killings, some of the dead include students from the local college who want to throw a party at the spaceship crash zone.

When Sheriff Clint Crawford (John Agar) investiges the deaths discovers the startling identity of the killer responsible for the murders, a mutated an alligator into an ogre-like form. After the death of one of Crawford's deputies, it is discovered that the monster is a bullet-proof unstoppable killing machine with a thirst for blood.

Professor Alan Clayton (Roger Ready) scientist is called in to assist law enforcement with the problem (after bullets fail to harm it). the mutant is killed by luring it into a dynamite trap.

Cast[edit]

  • John Agar as Sheriff Clint Crawford
  • Carol Gilley as Nurse Joan Scott
  • Ralph Baker Jr. as Chris Jordan
  • Dorothy Davis as Judy
  • Bill Thurman as Deputy Ben Whitfield
  • Roger Ready as Prof. Alan Clayton
  • Gary McLain as Wes Blau
  • Darlene Drew as Darlene Scott
  • Frank Jolly as Rex Bowers
  • Bill Holly as Deputy Pat Lance
  • Janiz Menshew as Carla
  • Russ Marker as Mitch
  • Toni Pearce as Betty the Waitress
  • Christi Simmons as Annie
  • Brenda Venus as Sue
  • Byron Lord as Government Man
  • Ronnie Weaver as Government Man
  • Olivia Pinion as Partygoer
  • Nancy Mann as Partygoer
  • Lewis Helm as Partygoer
  • Jeanie Wilson as Mary Bennett
  • Rod Paxton as Buddy Williams
  • The Wildcats as Themselves

Soundtrack[edit]

The soundtrack was performed by the Houston, Texas garage band The Wildcats. The band also played in another movie scored by Christopher Trussell also filmed in 1967 entitled Fulfillment: Something Worth Remembering.

Reception[edit]

Creature Feature gave the movie 1.5 out of 5 stars calling it deadly dull and lacking imagination.[2] Moria gave the movie 1/2 star. noting the monster design was a plus and John Agar does a good job as the sheriff, but overall the film is dreary and deserves its obscurity.[3] Fantastic Musings found the movie a dreadful mistake.[4] The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction found nothing noteworthy about the movie, other than for those interested in 1960s fashion or automobiles.[5]

Connections[edit]

Partially based on the film The Demon from the Black Lake

Home Release[edit]

Released both as a solo DVD and as part of a set. Available for streaming as of December 2021 on YouTube[6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Night Fright".
  2. ^ Stanley, J (2000) Creature Feature:3rd Edition
  3. ^ "Night Fright (1967) - IMDb". IMDb.
  4. ^ "Night Fright (1968)". 19 January 2018.
  5. ^ "SFE: Night Fright".
  6. ^ Archived at Ghostarchive and the Wayback Machine: Night Fright (1967) SCI-FI HORROR. YouTube.

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