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1959 Directed by Monte Hellman

Screaming young girls sucked into a labyrinth of horror by a blood-starved ghoul from Hell.

A gold thief and his gang use a skier's lodge and meet a monster covered with cobwebs.

Michael Forest Sheila Noonan Frank Wolff Wally Campo Richard Sinatra Linné Ahlstrand Kay Jennings Chris Robinson Jaclyn Hellman Kinta Zertuche

Director Director

Monte Hellman

Producers Producers

Gene Corman Charles Hannawalt

Executive Producer Exec. Producer

Roger Corman

Writer Writer

Charles B. Griffith

Original Writer Original Writer

Editor editor.

Anthony Carras

Cinematography Cinematography

Andrew M. Costikyan

Visual Effects Visual Effects

Chris Robinson

Composer Composer

Alexander Laszlo

Sound Sound

Charles Brown

Gene Corman Productions The Filmgroup

Alternative Titles

Beast from the Haunted Cave, The Beast from the Haunted Cave, The Beast from Haunted Cave, La Bête de la caverne hantée, La bestia de la cueva maldita, A Besta da Caverna Assombrada, 兽魂之穴, 지하 광산의 괴물, Monstrum z jeskyně stínů

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sakana1

Review by sakana1 ★★★ 10

According to a quote from director Monte Hellman in the Wikipedia article on the film, Beast from Haunted Cave is just Key Largo , with added monster! While this is comically oversimplified (and rather elevates Beast from Haunted Cave  in undue ways) it also offers a useful lens through which to view the film, because the relationships it depicts are far more important and, sometimes, complex than the obligatory monster who keeps showing up.

In particular, the relationship between Gypsy (Sheila Noonan) and her boss-cum-lover, Alex Ward (Frank Wolff) is grimly fascinating. He's got a hold on her so old and powerful that he uses her and treats her terribly but knows she'll stay around, less out of love than out of…

Mandrakegray

Review by Mandrakegray ★★★ 5

A heist/horror film hybrid involving a small, volatile group of differing personalities hiding out together in the snow capped Dakota mountains. Unfortunately for them, there's a spider poltergeist thingy residing in a nearby cave that's about to get its kill on.

I'm admittedly more forgiving than most with this one, as I love low budget horror films from yesteryear...and flat out worship Hellman. Regardless, you won't find another late 50's horror flick that fits the same vibe as this oddly esoteric outing. The plot has the group of robbers, a sassy moll, and a ski instructor holing up in an isolated cabin. Their plan on hitting an area bank includes blowing up the titular cave to serve as a red…

sillycatmom

Review by sillycatmom ★

One star for the beast! The people in this old b/w film from 1959 were awful! The characters were lying, cheating theives. Everyone was stinky! So I guess this Cobweb Creature knew it and one by one he took them out. Why he stuck them to the walls of his “ home” the cave? no reason. Why these knuckleheads went in the cave was stupid too! And if the cobwebs weren’t dumb enough, there’s the brilliant dialog. Such as “ stop wiggling or I will break your neck” . Lovely! And shotguns aimed at the creature from 12 inches away, couldn’t kill it? Okay then.  Hey let’s just put up “ THE END”. That’s how to end a movie. Watch it or not.

Lebedev (Cusack)

Review by Lebedev (Cusack) ★½

Hard to believe a movie about a creature in a cave, thugs stealing gold, and a ski resort with attractive females could be this dull. ITS CALLED BEAST FROM HAUNTED CAVE AND THERES BARELY A BEAST. Even harder to believe a 70 minute movie could feel this long. Zzzzz

Will Sloan

Review by Will Sloan

This dirt-cheap production for Roger and Gene Corman's independent Filmgroup company is the first directorial credit for Two-Lane Blacktop auteur Monte Hellman. If you wanted to do an auteurist reading, you could say that its many boring scenes of people cross-country skiing anticipate the existentialism of his later work. Credit where due: Hellman offers consistently more elegant compositions than Corman typically did on a film of this budget. Like so many drive-in potboilers of the era, this movie doesn't show its monster until the very end — presumably because it's embarrassingly cheap, but frankly, I'd much rather look at a cheap monster for 65 minutes than a bunch of people talking.

Gentry

Review by Gentry ★★★ 2

“Jackson told me the Black Hills are sacred Indian country. Heap bad medicine on evil men from foreign lands.” “Must have heard we were coming.”

Great late '50s Terry Peak Ski Area content! The opening credits thank “the people of South Dakota whose cooperation made this film possible” and I immediately knew this had to have been shot there, since it’s one of the only downhill ski areas in the state. Frank Wolff (!) and the rest of his bank robber gang plan the heist of a vault in Deadwood. The plan involves creating a diversion by planting explosives in a local mine. That explosion sets loose a wispy ghost spider-like monster that ends up stalking them through their getaway,…

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Review by 💀EmperorCupcake🧁 ★★

April Horror 2021 , Day 7, challenge #23 - "Corman film school" director

When I picked this and The Wasp Woman for this challenge, I didn't know they were originally shown as a double feature in 1959. Cool, I watched them as God (or Roger Corman) intended! Unfortunately this one makes Wasp Woman look like a nonstop thrill ride. Oh crap, "humour." 😣 This is gonna hurt, isn't it.

When your movie opens with "filmed on location in South Dakota," you know you're in for excitement. Or rocks. lots of rocks. Imagine how cool this would be if it was actually about a beast from a haunted cave! A beast AND a haunted cave? Is it haunted by the beast's victims,…

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Review by Bruno Andrade ★★★

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Roger Corman produces this black and white cheapie from the late '50s. And, to tell ya the truth, you get a little more than what you would expect given those factors. Enough to make this somewhat enjoyable.

The story is pretty good, although the horror element is a bit buried. They could have played that up more and it only comes to bear in the final bits of the film. It plays more as a crime caper than anything.

You got a few small time crooks holed up in a South Dakota wintery lodge looking to pull…

Joe

Review by Joe ★★★ 15

Last Great American Spider

Even if I didn't see Monte Hellman's directorial credit I'd still know this was an off-beat work of a secret smarty, not because of any gestalt quality but its wealth of quirky details - the boss of the gang and his girlfriend/"secretary" calling each other "Charlie" and its weird article-less title being just two examples. These details make this feel like some kind of art film/monster movie hybrid, and it's one I'm happy to have even if I do wish one or both of those components were a little stronger.

Ira Brooker

Review by Ira Brooker ★★★½ 5

Jaded bank robbers stage a heist and engage in a lot of drunken, soul-sick bickering against the bleak backdrop of a South Dakota winter. There's also a giant spider demon picking them off one by one, but the real monster here is ennui.

To be fair to the producers, in 1959 there was no reasonable expectation of what a Monte Hellman monster movie would be, but that's exactly what they got.

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Review by 🦇 GORY B MOVIE 🦇 ★★

"I've picked the bones of a thousand boobs and I'll pick the bones of a thousand more because they are boobs and they deserve exactly what they get."

That poster is writing checks that this movie can't cash. Despite all the boob talk, there are no boobs in this movie. There's not even a side boob! The film is set in the snowy mountains so everyone is bundled up warm and snuggly.

We should also talk about that monster. It doesn't really look like the creature on the poster. It's a big arachnid-looking thing with spider legs but its head is small and humanoid with long stringy hair covering its face. It's like the love-child of Samara and that spider-looking…

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Cast & crew, monte hellman, michael forest, sheila carol, frank wolff, wally campo, richard sinatra, technical specs.

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High in South Dakota's Black Hill Mountains, robber Alex, his girl friend Gypsy and henchmen Marty and Byron pretend to be vacationing while planning a gold heist from a local bank. Alex orders Byron to plant charges in a nearby mine and set them off the next morning to divert the public's attention while they rob the bank. Alex has arranged for nature enthusiast and ski instructor Gill to take them on a cross-country ski trip to Gill's isolated cabin, where they will secretly rendezvous with an airplane to transport the gold to Canada. Feeling trapped in her relationship with bad-tempered Alex, Gypsy finds solace by drinking day and night and flirting with Gill, who knows nothing of the group's plan. That night at the lodge bar, Gypsy flagrantly dances with Gill, who is charmed by her intelligence, but wary of her drunkenness. Meanwhile, Byron takes barmaid Natalie, who is unaware of the planned robbery, with him to romance her while he is planting the timer for the explosives. As his back is turned, a huge spider-like monster covered in webs grasps Natalie and carries her away. When a stupefied Byron returns and tells his boss about Natalie's disappearance, Alex believes that a rampaging cougar killed the girl. The next morning, a sober Gypsy meets Gill at the trailhead to wait for the others and, at the top of the ski lift, confides that she has wasted her life with Alex. Soon after, the mine blows up on schedule and an elderly miner is killed in the explosion. Hearing the town alarm, Alex, Marty and Byron break into the bank vault, load their backpacks with six bullions of gold each and meet Gypsy and Gill high up on the trail, where the news of the robbery has not reached. After skiing the whole day, the group camp for the night and Marty stands guard. Hearing low groans emanating from the forest, Marty walks toward the noise and finds a deathly pale Natalie, with a gash in her neck, caught in a tree by a viscous web. Marty runs in fear back the camp, but realizing no one will believe him, refuses to disclose what he has seen. The next morning, Gill sees the beast's strange tracks in the snow but is unable to identify them. Reaching the cabin later that day, they meet the cabin's housekeeper, Imelda, and convince Gill to spend the night, so that they can meet their plane in the morning. That night, the group hears a radio report detailing the robbery and the death of a miner who died in the mine explosion, speculating that the culprits are most likely hiding out nearby. Gypsy, upset by her involvement in the miner's death, begins drinking again and suddenly kisses Gill. Alex hits Gill out of jealousy, but when Gill prepares to fight back, Marty threatens him with a gun. Finding Gypsy outside later, Gill asks why she does not leave Alex, and Gypsy explains that she would rather have Alex than no one at all. Meanwhile, Byron and Marty hear the monster's groans and find it outside the cabin where Marty shoots at it, scaring it away. The next morning, after Gypsy warns Gill that Alex plans on killing him, she asks to flee and live in the wilderness with him. However, Gill questions Gypsy's sincerity, reminding her that she could grow bored of living in nature and therefore bored of him, but nevertheless makes plans to escape with Gypsy that night. Meanwhile, Alex tells Byron he is going to kill Imelda, Gill and Marty, whom he has grown suspicious of because of his juvenile antics. That night, to explain Gill's absence, Gypsy claims that he is out hunting deer. When she then asks Alex if he is willing to give up his life of crime, Alex asserts he can never be law-abiding. When Gypsy, determined to leave her old life behind, walks out of the cabin, Alex orders Marty to follow her, but the monster attacks Marty, carrying Imelda away. Seeing the creature, Byron attacks it with his torch, allowing Marty to escape. Meanwhile, Gypsy meets Gill to begin their journey to safety, but sensing the approaching blizzard, Gill leads them into a cave where Marty is also seeking refuge from Alex. Realizing the storm will force Marty and the couple into the cave for protection, Alex and Byron head there armed with Gill's flare gun to scare off the monster. Deep in the high-ceilinged caverns, Marty finds Imelda and a barely conscious Natalie attached by webs to a cave wall. Imelda warns Marty to leave, but as Marty attempts to slice the web with his knife, the monster suddenly attacks and binds him to the wall as well. After the creature sucks blood from all three victims, Gill, hearing their screams, leaves Gypsy behind to shoot the monster, but the bullets do not deter the creature. When Gypsy throws rocks at it, the monster lumbers after her, forcing her farther into the cave, where Alex finds Gypsy and orders her to lead him to Gill. Knowing the monster is only yards behind her, Gypsy leads Alex and Byron straight into its path. After the monster attacks and wounds Alex, a petrified Byron fires Gill's flare gun into the beast, which bursts into flames and dies.

Linné Ahlstrand

Christopher robinson, kay jennings, "birdie" arnold, charles brown, anthony carras, gene corman, andrew costikyan, beach dickerson, beech dickerson, charles b. griffith, charles hanawalt, alexander laszlo, kinta zertuche.

Beast From Haunted Cave

After the opening credits, the following acknowledgment appears onscreen: "We wish to express our grateful appreciation to the people of South Dakota, whose cooperation made this picture possible." Location shooting for the film took place in the Black Hills of South Dakota and was likely shot at the same approximate time as another Filmgroup release shot in the area, Ski Troop Attack , with which it shares several cast and crew members. Beast from Haunted Cave marked the directorial debut of Monte Hellman.

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Released in United States Winter January 1, 1959

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Beast From Haunted Cave

1959, Horror, 1h 15m

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A gold thief and his gang use a skier's lodge and meet a monster covered with cobwebs.

Genre: Horror

Original Language: English

Director: Monte Hellman

Release Date (Theaters): Oct 30, 1959  limited

Release Date (Streaming): Jul 28, 2016

Runtime: 1h 15m

Production Co: Gene Corman Productions

Cast & Crew

Michael Forest

Gil Jackson

Sheila Carroll

Gypsy Boulet

Frank Wolff

Alexander Ward

Monte Hellman

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Some gold diggin gangsta muthafuckaz go on a cross country ski trip, looking for the big score so they can move to Canada, but are stalked by a BEAST!!! The beast in question is a weird looking Chewbacca spider, that looks pleasantly ridiculous. This isn't a great film by any means, or even a very memorable one, but it is hard to hate it for what it is. A done on the cheap, mindless, old school creature feature. Pretty good times for b-movie fans.

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It starts off promising and interesting. However the middle drags a bit being your simple crime-melodrama with a supernatural twists, which actually sounds pretty cool. BUT the last 15 minutes really pays off with strange B-movie monster goodness.

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BEAST FROM HAUNTED CAVE

Gill stumbles across a gang of thieves who are using his isolated cabin as a hideout. Gypsy is his blonde bombshell companion. The trio of crooks are trying to escape with the gold to Canada. As soon as they flee into the snowy wilderness, they are pursued by a horrible, spider-like monster.

Commissioned and produced by “Pope of Pop Cinema” Roger Corman, Beast from Haunted Cave is the hair-rising feature debut from maverick director Monte Hellman. A low-budget horror infused with crime undertones, this is a chilling “gangster vs. monster” melange that builds to terrific climax.

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Beast from Haunted Cave is a 1959 horror/heist film directed by Monte Hellman and starring Michael Forest, Frank Wolff and Richard Sinatra. It was produced by Gene Corman, Roger Corman's brother. Filmed in South Dakota at the same time as Ski Troop Attack , it tells the story of bank robbers fleeing in the snow who run afoul of a giant spider-like monster that feeds on humans. The film was released as a double feature with The Wasp Woman (1959).

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A group of criminals, led by the ruthless Alexander Ward, hatch a plan to steal gold bars from a bank vault in Deadwood, South Dakota. Ward sends one of his henchmen, Marty Jones, to set an explosion in a nearby gold mine; the detonation will act as a diversion for their heist. Although Marty, accompanied by local barmaid Natalie, succeeds in setting off the explosion, he encounters a beast in the mine. The beast kills Natalie, but Marty escapes with his life.

The next morning, the explosive goes off as planned, and Marty and his gang succeed in stealing gold bars from the vault. Led by a local guide named Gil Jackson, they set off to a remote cabin, where they hope to be picked up by a plane. Gil is initially unaware of their plans, but he becomes suspicious when he hears reports of the robbery on the radio and discovers that they're carrying handguns. They reach the cabin without incident but, once there, a violent snowstorm delays the plane's arrival. Marty's "secretary" Gypsy is taken with the young Gil and tells him that Marty plans to kill him once the plane arrives. Gil and Gypsy take off back to town together.

Marty, who still carries unpleasant memories of his encounter with the beast, has all the while been concerned about being followed. He encounters the beast again during the trip to the cabin, but his companions think he's losing his mind. Eventually, however, they become convinced of the beast's reality when they see it attack Marty's other henchman, Byron. Despite their fear of further attacks, the gang is set on tracking down Gil and Gypsy before they reach town, so they head to a nearby cave. Another snowstorm forces Gil and Gypsy to take shelter in the cave as well, which turns out to be the lair of the beast. In the final struggle, the beast kills the remaining gang members, but Marty shoots it with a flare gun before he dies. Gil and Gypsy are left to watch as the monster burns to death.

  • Michael Forest as Gil Jackson
  • Sheila Noonan as Gypsy Boulet
  • Frank Wolff as Alexander Ward
  • Richard Sinatra as Marty Jones
  • Wally Campo as Byron Smith
  • Linné Ahlstrand as Natalie, the barmaid
  • Chris Robinson as The Beast
  • Jaclyn Zeman as Jill Jackson

Production [ ]

In the mid-1950s, film producer and director Roger Corman, along with his brother and fellow producer Gene Corman, hired then theatre director Hellman to direct a film from a screenplay by Roger Corman regular Griffith.

According to Griffith, Corman was motived by the success of Naked Paradise . He said "Roger said "I want NAKED PARADISE using a gold mine instead of a pineapple plantation. Put it in South Dakota and add a monster." I didn't know how to add a monster to that script, so I had it all wrapped up in a cocoon in a cave just threatening to break loose all the time. I don't know how it happened That became BEAST FROM HAUNTED CAVE. "

Monte Hellman said "what interested me about it was that it really wasn't a monster movie. Roger liked Key Largo very much. I think that was one of his favorite movies. He kept making Key Largo just different versions of it. In this case he added a monster to it."

Both of the Cormans had grown tired of filming in Bronson Canyon and the Los Angeles Arboretum, and wanted to film in new locations in future films. This would also enable them to hire crews out of Chicago at a cheaper rate than in Los Angeles.

After getting information from the Chamber of Commerce in South Dakota, they decided to film in South Dakota's Black Hills The Black Hills themselves turned out to be too difficult to film. Gene Corman considered a mine in Lead, South Dakota, then found a disused mine in Deadwood. To amortize costs, Roger Corman produced another film, Ski Troop Attack at the same time on the same location, utilizing the same screenwriter and lead actors. The two films took five weeks in all the shoot, with one day off between films, and Beast was shot first. The unit was based at the Franklin Hotel.

Release [ ]

The film was released through Filmgroup on a double bill with The Wasp Woman .

Box office [ ]

Hellman claimed to have received 2% of the profits – which he said came to $400 over the next five years.

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In a contemporary review, the Monthly Film Bulletin noted that despite being "substantially dissimilar to most monster pieces", the film had "few positive virtues". The review also commented on "uneven acting and direction".

Time Out gave the film a negative review, calling it "routine" with "nothing to distinguish it from any other grade Z horror pic of the '50s".

Alan Jones of The Radio Times rated the film two out of five stars, noting what he called the film's "flair and imagination by director Monte Hellman", while also stating that it was "a painless, cost-conscious effort typical of producer Roger Corman". Leonard Maltin awarded the film a mixed 2 out of 4 stars, calling it a remake of Naked Paradise with a monster added in.

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On March 20, 2001, Beast from Haunted Cave was released for the first time on DVD by Madacy as a part of its "Killer Creatures" double-feature pack alongside The Brain That Wouldn't Die . Madacy would later re-release the film in 2004 as a part of another multi-feature pack. In 2002, a "Special Extended Version" of the film was released by Synapse Video on March 26, followed by an additional release from Alpha Video on October 22. Alpha Video would re-release the film twice in 2003 as a part of multi-feature film packs. The film was re-released on four separate occasions by Platinum Disc in 2005 for various multi-feature film packs, with its final release on September 13 distributed by Genius Entertainment. Over the next several years, the film was re-released several times by different distributors until its final release as a part of a three-disk multi-feature film pack by Echo Bridge Home Entertainment on September 1, 2015.

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REVIEW: I have for your enlightenment a message film from the Corman Brothers, with the grammatically challenging title of Beast From Haunted Cave (1959). Made in 1959, its message is Crime Does Not Pay. Not the most original of messages and one that, in our bizarre through-the-looking-glass world, is not easy to take seriously.

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Roger Corman remade it as Naked Paradise (1957), in which thieves use a cruise boat to rob a plantation in Hawaii. In Beast From Haunted Cave, a monster has been added and the exotic location is near Deadwood in the Black Hills of South Dakota. He remade it again as Creature From The Haunted Sea (1961), and I think you’ll agree that in the hands of the Corman Brothers the story is best executed as a comedy. Crime does not pay, but uncredited remakes of other people’s films can bring a tidy profit.

Making his directorial debut is Monte Hellman , one of many talented directors who got their start with the Cormans. He had nothing to do with the writing, as is evidenced by the fact that Beast From Haunted Cave has nothing in common with his later works – other than the low budget, that is. In the mid-sixties Monte Hellman directed two existential westerns, Ride In The Whirlwind (1965) and The Shooting (1967), both with aspiring actor Jack Nicholson. These films were well-received at festivals like Cannes, but baffled contemporary reviewers and perished at the box office. They did acquire a cult following, as did his next, best known film Two Lane Blacktop (1971), an existential road movie with James Taylor, Dennis Wilson and Warren Oates in the lead.

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Subsequently he directed just three more films, many other projects were started then abandoned, and then he co-produced Reservoir Dogs (1991). When he first read the script, he wanted to direct it himself, but Quentin Tarantino was determined to direct his own screenplay and was not to be dissuaded. It is interesting to contemplate what Reservoir Dogs may have looked like if it had been directed by Monte Hellman.

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Unlike some other Corman films of the era, there are no past or future stars amongst the cast. Take for instance Frank Wolff, the villain in this piece. In the early sixties he was in a number of Italian films and is best remembered for an important scene early in Sergio Leone’s masterpiece Once Upon A Time In The West (1968), in which he plays the ill-fated Brett McBain, whose purchase of a certain piece of land initiates much of the action in that film. Many thespians finish their careers without having appeared in one good film, let alone a masterpiece.

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Michael Forest as Gil Jackson, and Sheila Carol as Gypsy, give indications they might have been able to handle better material if they were given it. They weren’t. Richard Sinatra was Frank Sinatra’s nephew. This was no help in building a lasting career and like his co-stars, he disappeared without having done any truly memorable films. He wasn’t terribly close to the family, if you know what I mean, and I think you do.

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The blood-sucking Beast is finally terminated by a flare gun. I’ve also seen a flare gun used as an effective weapon in Dead Calm (1989), but I never carry one myself. I don’t see the need. Many is the time I’ve frightened monsters away simply by wearing flared trousers. Flares provide certain protection against monsters, with just the one unfortunate side-effect of being placed on the worst-dressed lists by fashion critics who would not believe my sincere explanation. Please join me next week when I will strive to frighten you with another journey to the dark depths of Hollywood for…Horror News! Toodles!

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Get ready for a crash course in Corman! Acclaimed as the king of low budget movies, Roger Corman produced dozens of films that were both hilarious and thrilling, such as Beast from Haunted Cave (1959). Directed by cult favorite Monte Hellman ( Two-Lane Blacktop, Cockfighter ), Beast From Haunted Cave is a suspenseful tale of criminals being terrorized by a bloodsucking spider-like thing. Special Bonus: Ski Troop Attack (1960). Upon wrapping Beast from Haunted Cave , Corman directed this World War II drama using the same South Dakota location and much of the same cast and crew. For Corman, economy was key!

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Run Time: 65 minutes

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Run Time: 72 minutes

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Run Time: 69 minutes

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Tom Weaver and Larry Blamire join forces for this commentary.

Tom Weaver sits down with the original Beast, Chris Robinson.

C. Courtney Joyner and Howard S. Berger are our commentators for this feature from Roger Corman.

C. Courtney Joyner also provides our essay on "Ski Troop Attack."

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Ballyhoo Motion Pictures presents an original production, " Hollywood Intruders: The Filmgroup Story: Part One ". Helmed by Roger and Gene Corman, this legendary production company is worthy of further exploration.

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Director:  Monte Hellman

Starring:  Michael Forest, Sheila Noonan, Frank Wolff, Wally Campo

1959 | HD | 65 / 72 minutes

A giant spider stalks a band of thieves in this schlocky thriller from Gene Corman Productions. The story follows gangster Alexander Ward and his crew as they enlist the help of a local ski-instructor in the heist of several gold bars. But when they use explosives to create a distraction, they disturb the lair of a massive spider! Monte Hellman, the man behind such cult favorites as Two-Lane Blacktop, made his directorial debut with Beast From Haunted Cave. Trivia note: This movie debuted on a double bill with The Wasp Woman .

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" They Turned a White Hell Red with Enemy Blood!"

Director:  Roger Corman

Starring:  Michael Forest, Frank Wolff, Wally Campo, Richard Sinatra

1960 | HD | 73 minutes

In Ski Troop Attack , legendary B movie director Roger Corman brings his considerable talent to the war genre. The results are typical Corman: plenty of action and suspense, all on a shoestring budget. Tasked with blowing up an important railroad bridge, an American patrol crosses behind enemy lines on skis! This unorthodox strategy is difficult enough, but made worse by tensions within the platoon, and the constant threat of German troops. Will the Americans get the job done? Or will they be too distracted by the arguments between a hard-boiled sergeant and his eager young lieutenant? Filmed in Deadwood, South Dakota in the same location (and with much of the same cast) as Beast From Haunted Cave, Ski Troop Attack was written by Corman’s longtime collaborator, Charles Griffith ( Little Shop of Horrors, Not of This Earth ).

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� Original Trailer for Beast from Haunted Cave (1:38) � 2023 Recut Trailer for Beast from Haunted Cave (1:38) � Behind the Scenes Beast Gallery (4:22) Extended TV Version of Beast from Haunted Cave (4:3), 72 min, also included � Fully Restored Ski Troop Attack, full film (4:3) � Hollywood Intruders: The Filmgroup Story Part One documentary (16:22) � Color Booklet with essays by C. Courtney Joyner and Tom Weaver

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