Beast from Haunted Cave (1960) (2/4)

Beast from Haunted Cave

Director Monte Hellman (who would later direct a young Jack Nicholson on two low-budget westerns) earned his low-budget wings on Filmgroup's bizarre fusion of hostage/crime thriller and big-rubber-monster flick -- a quirky juxtaposition employed to similar effect 35 years later in From Dusk Till Dawn. The story begins with a team of gold thieves hiding out in a ski resort cabin after a heist, taking two people hostage as they prepare to smuggle their loot across the Canadian border -- unaware of the giant, icky-looking spider-monster lurking in a nearby cave, which preys on anyone unlucky enough to stumble near its lair. The film's woodland exteriors add a richness lacking in the typical dusty desert settings of this film's genre contemporaries. The cobwebby monster is played by Chris Robinson, later the star of General Hospital. -- Cavett Binion

Directed by: Monte Hellman
The cast includes: Michael Forest (Gil Jackson), Sheila Noonan (Gypsy Boulet), Frank Wolff (Alexander Ward)
MPAA rating: , Running time: 64 minutes
Presented in: BW
Related categories: Monsters on the Loose

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