Venus Flytrap (film)
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|Directed by||Kenneth G. Crane|
|Written by||Ed Wood (uncredited)|
|Distributed by||Toei Company|
Venus Flytrap (filmed 1966, released 1970) is an American horror film shot partly in Japan. The plot features a mad scientist who uses thunder and lightning to turn carnivorous plants into man-eating creatures. It is known variously as Body of the Prey, and The Revenge of Doctor X (American video box title). Although the film is based on a 1950s screenplay by Ed Wood, he remained uncredited. The film was directed by Kenneth Crane, who also directed the famed 1961 Japanese horror film, The Manster. Confusingly, the American video release erroneously features the major credits for 1969 Philippines production The Mad Doctor of Blood Island.
Syndicated movie mocking series Cinema Insomnia featuring this film in an episode that premiered on October 31, 2011, Rifftrax released a version with running commentary (under the Revenge of Dr. X title) on August 21, 2012.
Dr. Bragan (James Craig) is a NASA mathematician working on a mission to outer space. The stress of the mission causes him to have a mental breakdown, so his assistant, Dr. Paul Nakamura (Yagi), suggests he takes a vacation in Japan to recuperate.
In Japan, Dr. Bragan stays at a hotel with his beautiful assistant, Dr. Hanamura (Kami), to begin experiments on a plant he brought from America. The plant is a Venus Flytrap, and the scientist crosses it with a Japanese carnivorous plant to create a creature that is almost human.
- James Craig as Dr. Bragan
- Tota Kondo as Customs officer
- Lawrence O'Neill as American at airport
- Al Ricketts as Gas station owner
- Atsuko Rome as Noriko Hanamura (billed as Ako Kami)
- Edward M. Shannon as Dr. Shannon
- John Stanley as Dr. Stanley
- James Yagi as Dr. Paul Nakamura
- Venus Flytrap on Internet Movie Database
- Venus Flytrap is available for free download at the Internet Archive
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