- Theatrical Trailer
- Liner Notes
- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 20 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: June 6, 2001
- Originally Released: 1959
- Label: Synapse Films
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 1.66
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 1.85
- Additional Release Material:
- Audio Commentary: Monte Hellman - Director
- Trailers: Original Theatrical Trailer
- Text/Photo Galleries:
- Liner Notes: by Bill Warren
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Description by OLDIES.com:
See screaming young girls sucked into a labyrinth of horror by a blood-starved ghoul from Hell!
This horrifying feature film debut from director Monte Hellman (Two-Lane Blacktop, Cockfighter) is an enjoyable "monster on the loose" classic!
A group of thieves arrive in the snowbound town of Deadwood, South Dakota, and they have no intention on vacationing - they're planning a giant gold heist. Exploding a bomb in a nearby mine to create a diversion, they successfully rob the local bank - and unknowingly unleash a creature from the bowels of Hell itself! The group hires a ski instructor to take them to an isolated cabin and, as night falls, they fight for their lives as the foul creature hunts them down - kidnapping and sucking all the blood from its victims in the mysterious "haunted" cave!
After Beast From Haunted Cave was released theatrically, Hellman filmed additional scenes with the original actors for the television broadcast a few years later. Finally available on DVD in the uncut extended version containing almost 10 minutes of additional footage, Beast From Haunted Cave is a treat for fans of Monte Hellman's work and is sure to please anyone who loves classic horror films from the 1950s.
Monte Hellman, who would later go on to create the cult classics TWO-LANE BLACKTOP and THE SHOOTING, directs this Roger Corman b-picture about a giant creature that attacks a group of unsuspecting victims in the South Dakota mountains. Gil Jackson (Michael Forest) is a handsome ski instructor who gets more than he bargained for when he agrees to be a guide for Alex Ward (Frank Wolff) and his group of bandit friends. The leader of the gang, Alex convinces his girlfriend Gypsy Berlin (Sheila Carol) to seduce Gil while he and his cronies pull off a major gold heist. They then embark on a trek through the mountainside to lay low while the authorities search for the robbers. Eventually catching onto their criminal ways is Gil, who also manages to win the heart of Gypsy. What no one could have projected is the gigantic beast that resides in a nearby cave and eats human beings like popcorn. As Gil and Gypsy try to escape from Alex, the beast closes in on all of them, culminating in a gigantic battle in a cave to decide who lives, and who dies. Hellman's exploitation thriller is low-budget fun in the truest sense of the term.
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