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The Beast from the Beginning of Time

USA 1965
produced by
Tom Leahy
directed by Tom Leahy
starring Ralph Seeley, Dick Welsbacher, Marc Clark, Suzanne Farrar, John Froome, Henry Harvey, Webb Smith, Dusty Herring, Karla Kessler, Chuck Kneisler, Roy Taylor, Jim Bogue, Mick Sheets, Wayne Carlton, Paul Williams, and as the beast: Nelson Strong (= Tom Leahy)

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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During an excavation, professor Morey (Dick Welsbacher) finds a human body that's waaaay prehistoric - actually from around 60 million years ago, the age of the dinosaurs, long before the first humanoid creatures are even believed to have walked the earth - ans still, it's in a very fresh condition. This discovery is so groundbreaking that he doesn't want to share it with the museum which grant he's working on but wants to commercially exploit it himself. So why he's picking up John (Ralph Seeley) and Paul (John Froome), archeologists from said museum, he tells his associates Randall and Henderson (Webb Smith) to hide the body - titular beast, played by director Tom Leahy (as Nelson Strong) himself. Of course, when he returns with John and Paul, Henderson is dead, Randall seems to have gone off the rocker, and the body of the beast is found quite a few hundred yards away from the excavation site, still dead but a lot fresher than it was before. Now everyone in his sound mind of course blames the death on Randall and he's subsequently arrested - and his insistance that the beast did it doesn't help him one bit, either ... but John and Paul come to the conclusion that he might be right.

After falling out with the head of the museum (Henry Harvey), Morey decides to leave the place for good but smuggle the beast out of it with him, which is, triggered by thunder and lightning, the beast comes to life again, kills Morey and a few other people, is cornered by the police but proves to be impervious to bullets ... but ultimately John and Paul figure a prehistoric creature can only be killed by something prehistoric, and the stake him with a dinosaur bone ...


Extremely rare sci-fi/horror from Wichita that on a pure quality level doesn't have all that much going for it - but it's fun in that typical no-budget campy way, where leaps of reason, long-winded stilted dialogues and a total misunderstanding of science actually add to the enjoyment of a film rather than distracting from it. And while the monster itself might look a bit ridiculous (but is at least kept out of sigh until late) and most of the direction is functional instead of atmospheric, at least one scene, that of Henderson nailed to a wall by a pitchfork, is actually shocking to this day.

Now granted, you really have to be a low-to-no budget horror afficionado to like this one, but if so, you probably will.


review © by Mike Haberfelner


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