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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 ...
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.
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.