Tuesday, August 1, 2017

The Cremators (1972)

Director: Harry Essex

Writers: Harry Essex, Julian C. May

Composer: Albert Glasser

Starring: Maria De Aragon, Marvin Howard, Eric Allison, Mason Caulfield, R.N. Bullard, Cecil Reddick, Tim Frawley, Jax Jason Carroll, Ola Kauffman, John Barnum, Al Ward, Chuck Hillig, James Ragan, David Essex

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Great Balls of Fire: Scorching! Ravaging! Engulfing!

Plot: An alien life form that is a huge ball of living matter invades earth, and replenishes itself by absorbing people.

My rating: 4/10

Will I watch it again?  No.

Written and directed by Harry Essex, the man who also wrote KANSAS CITY CONFIDENTIAL (1952), IT CAME FROM OUTER SPACE (1953), THE SONS OF KATIE ELDER (1965) and CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON (1954), serves up a cheesy horror movie that feels like it came along about twenty years too late.  If this were made in the fifties it could be considered a minor classic.  The effects are really well done.  Essex was a professional and the camerawork and editing show it but this is a very low budget movie and the actors are on the low end plus the picture is VERY sluggish.  It was tough getting through the brief 72 minutes.  Juice up the acting, drop in one of those busy 1950s sci-fi/horror scores (I like Albert Glasser's work in other movies but this one is slow and moody which adds to the film's already slow pace) and adjust the picture to black and white and you'd have a pretty decent and probably enjoyable picture.  

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