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|Night Caller from Outer Space|
|Directed by||John Gilling|
|Written by||Frank Crisp (novel)|
Jim O'Connolly (screenplay)
|Produced by||Ronald Liles|
|Edited by||Philip Barnikel|
|Music by||John Gregory (composed and directed by)|
Armitage Film Productions Ltd.
|Distributed by||Butcher's Film Service (UK)|
Night Caller from Outer Space, also known as simply The Night Caller or Blood Beast from Outer Space, is a British 1965 science fiction film directed by John Gilling. It is based on Frank Crisp's novel The Night Callers. A colourised version of the film was released in 2011. It is also known as Blood Beast from Outer Space and The Night Caller.
Scientist Dr Morley and his American associate Jack Costain (John Saxon) detect a meteorite heading to Earth. After determining where the meteorite has crashed, they and their aides investigate a meteorite in the British countryside, discovering that it is an alien device from Ganymede, a moon of Jupiter. The device is in the shape of a small sphere.
While working nights at the lab, secretary Patricia Haines (Ann Barlow) see something moving in the lab. Dr Morley attempts to communicate with the creature, but he is killed. The creature escapes the lab. Costain begins to track the creature.
- John Saxon as Dr. Jack Costain
- Maurice Denham as Dr. Morley
- Patricia Haines as Ann Barlow
- Alfred Burke as Detective Supt. Hartley
- John Carson as the Major
- Warren Mitchell as Reg Lilburn
- Marianne Stone as Madge Lilburn
- Stanley Meadows as Det. Tom Grant
- Aubrey Morris as Thorburn
- Ballard Berkeley as Cmdr. Savage
- Geoffrey Lumsden as Colonel Davy
- Tom Gill as Police Commissioner's secretary
- Jack Watson as Sergeant Hawkins
- Barbara French as Joyce Malone
It was the first science fiction film from John Saxon. Directed by John Gilling. UK prints of the film feature Alan Haven's version of the hit instrumental "Image" as the theme played over the opening credits. Export prints feature a lounge number titled "The Night Caller" written by Albert Hague and sung by Mark Richardson.
In a contemporary review, "Byro." of Variety declared that "it is simply too well-made for its own commercial good" and that it was "far above average of its kind, but it eschews a standard action-adventure climax in favor of a "philosophical" one." "Byro." noted that audiences at a 42nd street screening showed their displeasure with the film "quite volubly".
Moira found the first of half of the movie to be well done, but that the film fails in the second half.
Creature Feature gave the movie 2 out of 5 stars, liking the direction.
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