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Creature of Destruction

USA 1967
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Larry Buchanan for Azalea Pictures/AIP
directed by Larry Buchanan
starring Les Tremayne, Pat Delaney, Aron Kincaid, Scotty McKay, Neil Fletcher, Annabelle Weenick (as Ann McAdams), Roger Ready, Ron Scott, Suzanne Roy, Byron Lord, Barnett Shaw
written by Tony Huston (as Enrique Touceda), based on the movie The She-Creature written by Lou Rusoff, music by Ronald Stein, special effects by Jack Bennett

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Doctor Basso (Les Tremayne) is a clairvoyant and hypnotist who claims he has perfected the process of regression - but can perform it only with his medium of choice Doreena (Pat Delaney), whom he's come to love over the years, but who detests him ... so he keeps her in a hypnotic trance most of the time. Doctor Basso comes to relative fame when during a country club performance, he predicts a murder on the beach that really happens a short time later.

This gets three people interested in him, first and foremost of course Lt. Blake of Homicide (Roger Ready), secondly Sam Crane (Neil Fletcher), a businessman with a nose for a winner who wants to make Basso a celebrity (and Basso accepts), and thirdly Captain Dell (Aron Kincaid), a paranormal investigator for the army. Dell soon finds out there is something not quite right about the relationship between Basso and Doreena, but he also falls for Doreena. He also becomes more and more convinced that Basso has some paranormal skills - which is only underlined by the fact that Basso predicts more and more murders on the beach, and they all happen. Thing is, the people on the beach are all killed by a sea monster that seems to be somehow linked to Doreena ...

After much to and fro, Dell wants to take Doreena with him, pretty much tear her away from Basso despite his hypnotic spell - upon which Basso wants to shoot him, but Doreena throws herself between the two men and catches the bullet meant for Dell ... and dies, and the creature on the beach dies with her, because apparently it was ... well, I don't know.

 

A remake of 1956's The She-Creature, directed by Edward L. Cahn, Creature of Destruction is hardly an improvement over the film of old. Actually, the earlier film might have been silly but was pleasently atmospheric in tone, meanwhile the new movie lacks atmosphere, is graced with a silly-looking monster, and puts more emphasis on storytelling without having much of a story to tell. And its directorial effort is pointless and impersonal as can be ... so the only improvement over The She-Creature is actually - well, this one's in colour (and who knows whether this is an even remote improvement).

To put it another way, everything a horror remake shouldn't be.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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