Attack of the Beast Creatures (1985 film)

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A minor variant on the Tcho-Tcho theme...

Attack of the Beast Creatures (1985), AKA Beast Creatures, Hell Island

Summary

"Who will survive the terror?" Survivors of a shipwreck wash up on an island, and run into a village of small, vicious, orange cannibals about three apples tall....

Details

Scene from Attack of the Beast Creatures (1985 film)...
  • Release Date: 1985
  • Country/Language: US, English
  • Genres/Technical: Horror (cannibal natives)
  • Setting: Classic "North Atlantic"
  • Runtime: 1 hr 22 min
  • Starring: Robert Nolfi, Julia Rust, Robert Lengyel
  • Director: Michael Stanley
  • Writer: Robert A. Hutton
  • Producer/Production Co: Obelisk Motion Pictures, Michael Stanley, William R. Szlinsky
  • View Trailer: (link)
  • IMDB Page: (link)


Ratings

MPAA Ratings

  • Rated: not rated (Equivalent to a PG-13 or R for Violence)

Essentially a 1980s slasher movie where the "killer" is a whole tribe of pygmy puppets, the low-budget cannibal violence is probably just a bit strong for younger viewers, but still rather tame by modern big-budget horror standards.

Tentacle Ratings

A rough measure of how "Lovecraftian" the work is:

  • SS___ (Two Tentacles: Barely Lovecraftian; vaguely similar in tone, could be a very loose adaptation)

This weird, feverish, low-budget thing comes off as something like a pulp-era slasher movie, with Tcho-Tcho puppet-people playing the role of the slasher killer, Connecticut standing in for "the North Atlantic" (which in turn is standing in for the more typical tropical hell-hole or summer camp), and 1920s-era shipwreck survivors as the victims.

Note: This rating is not intended as a measure of quality, merely of how closely related to Lovecraftian "Weird" fiction the work is.

Reviews

Review Links:

  • Keith Bailey at The Unknown Movies (link) - "If you want more instruction on what is needed to make a lovably bad movie, an excellent way would be to personally seek out the movie being reviewed this week, Attack Of The Beast Creatures. I should immediately point out that this particular movie is not in the league of Troll 2 or Sinbad. It has more of its share of clunky moments that will seriously bore and irritate any viewer. But that's what makes it a valuable instrument of learning."
  • Amanda Reyes at Made for TV Mayhem (link) - I was not let down. Shot with a cast made up of what I assume were local theater actors, this movie is a period piece, features decent costumes, mixed but generally respectable acting and about 100 of those little dolls. In that respect, it actually one ups Trilogy (granted, the puppetry does leave a little something to be desired). It’s so much fun watching these little things attack… and attack… and attack."
  • Richard Schieb at The Science Fiction, Horror and Fantasy Film Review (0/5 Stars) (link) - "...what makes Attack of the Beast Creatures plummet down into the realm of the completely ridiculous is the introduction of the creatures. These look exactly like hordes of the Zuni fetish dolls out of Trilogy of Terror (1975) or perhaps even more so the evil doll out of Black Devil Doll from Hell (1984)."
  • Joseph A. Ziemba at Bleeding Skull (link) - "...I wish it was all fun. But, the elements that make it into a grown-up goof around also drag it down a bit. ... I do know that I like the zeal of this film, possibly more than the film itself. I have the same sort of feeling for the “Monster Kid” films. It’s not condescension or a “superior” patronizing attitude. It is admiration for the film and its makers coupled with the willingness to get carried along for the ride."

Synopsis (SPOILERS)

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A pulp-style slasher movie in which a tribe of tiny cannibal savages kills off a lifeboat-full of shipwreck survivors one-by-one. Who will survive the terror? Viewers familiar with this sort of thing will probably pick out the Final Girl and the guy who escapes the island with her from a mile away....


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