Night Caller from Outer Space
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. It is based on Frank Crisp's novel The Night Callers. A colourised version of the film was released in 2011.
|Night Caller from Outer Space|
|Directed by||John Gilling|
|Produced by||Ronald Liles|
|Written by||Frank Crisp (novel)|
Jim O'Connolly (screenplay)
|Music by||John Gregory (composed and directed by)|
|Edited by||Philip Barnikel|
Armitage Film Productions Ltd.
|Distributed by||Butcher's Film Service (UK)|
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.
- John Saxon as Dr. Jack Costain
- Maurice Denham as Dr. Morley
- Patricia Haines as Ann Barlow
- Alfred Burke as Detective Supt. Hartley
- John Carson as the Major
- Warren Mitchell as Reg Lilburn
- Marianne Stone as Madge Lilburn
- Stanley Meadows as Det. Tom Grant
- Aubrey Morris as Thorburn
- Ballard Berkeley as Cmdr. Savage
- Geoffrey Lumsden as Colonel Davy
- Tom Gill as Police Commissioner's secretary
- Jack Watson as Sergeant Hawkins
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." "Byro." noted that audiences at a 42nd street screening showed their displeasure with the film "quite volubly".
Leonard Maltin called it a "well-done sci-fi thriller" and gave it two-and-a-half stars out of four.
UK prints of the film feature Alan Haven's version of the hit instrumental "Image" as its theme.
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