Nightbeast (1982) (BLU-RAY/DVD REVIEW)
DIRECTED BY: Don Dohler
STARRING: Tom Griffith, Jamie Zemarel, Karin Kardian
RATED: R/REGION O/1:78/1080P/NUMBER OF DISCS 1
AVAILABLE FROM TROMA
An alien with an appetite for blood and disembowelment is set loose on a small town when its spacecraft crashes and explodes. It’s up to sheriff Jack Cinder to evacuate the townsfolk and save the day!
Nightbeast used to be in the ranks of Troma and now it has found a home on Blu-ray from Vinegar Syndrome. The thing about Night Beast is, it’s such an odd movie in a number of ways. We have an alien crash to Earth and then going on a murdering rampage while the authorities tell the people whatever they can to get them to leave town. We have some rather flat performances, we have a woman beater causing trouble for the locals, and we have an alien that is taking people out by a wide assault of laser blasts from his trusty laser gun! You could probably sit around and poke a great deal of fun at this one if you wanted to, but the thing about all of that is, it’s still a fun movie and it does have one hell of a body count to help it move along. It even tosses some nudity into the mix with a very awkwardly performed love scene with an equally as awkward couple of leads. There’s a lot of things to witness in Nightbeast. All weird but all still kind of enjoyable to see.
But it isn’t just all deaths by way of cheap laser effects either, we have some of the old school gore effects here as well. I think the movie is probably at its best when such things of that nature are going down on the screen. The blood flows more than once and it looks pretty good when it does. Sure, we have to go back to the weird visual effects, but all things considered, the stuff really blends in well here and it at least fits for the time and isn’t too bad when you take into account the budget and all of that for it. Nightbeast won’t be for everybody but it’s still a good one to watch and have some friends over to watch it with. In the case of Nightbeast, it is what it is…for better or for worse. I kind of dig it but I can see why some portions of it might be too much for just anyone to turn their brains off and enjoy. The Troma release of this one does differ a bit from the Vinegar Syndrome one. Not only you get different extras, but Troma decided to go with a widescreen version of the film that makes the movie look a bit softer and cuts some of what you see in scene out in certain areas.
- Intro with Lloyd Kaufman
- Original DVD Intro
- Commentary with director Don Dohler and actor George Stover
- “Nightbeast Returns” Making-of
- Crashing the Set
- Shooting the Night Beast
- Visual F/X Gallery
- Outtakes and Bloopers
QUALITY OF TRANSFER: 78%