Oldskooler Ramblings

the unlikely child born of the home computer wars

October of Horror #8: Evils of the Night (1985)

Posted by Trixter on October 8, 2018


(For an explanation of what these posts in October are, see the parent post.)

Synopsis

Vacationing teens are being captured and drained of all blood by aliens who want to use it to prolong their own lives.

Opinion

As a child in the 1970s, I watched a lot of re-runs on TV after school.  So when I heard there was a movie made in the 1980s starring John Carradine, Tina Louise (from Gilligan’s Island), and Julie Newmar (from Batman), I had to seek it out.  Better yet, there was a recent Blu-ray transfer of the film.

The Blu-ray was indeed a great transfer, but I kind-of wish it hadn’t been, since it just showed how small the budget was.  I also wish I could get those 90 minutes back.  The filmmakers were going for some sort of science fiction/horror/soft porn combination, but the end result is best described as embarrassing and inept.  A low budget is not an excuse when your story is ridiculous.

Bafflingly, the opening and closing scenes show an honestly good practical effect of a spaceship landing and then taking off.  How they built it and were able to rent what must have been a crane to animate it is beyond me.

Recommendation

Do not, under any circumstances, see this movie (unless you love terrible movies).  If you want a good combination of sci-fi/horror/soft porn that also came out in 1985, watch Lifeforce instead; it’s vastly superior.

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