Beast from Haunted Cave (1959)
Most movie monsters fall into one of two categories;
There are the giants who rampage around in broad daylight crushing their
victims by the hundreds, and then there are the smaller monsters who sneak
around the countryside gobbling up one or two people at at time.
Beast From Haunted Cave falls into the latter category. This film
was produced by Roger Corman's less successful brother Gene, but it still
contains all the low-budget goodness you expect from the Corman name.
The beast looks like a half-finished giant spider and is composed of a
shaggy body, two wooly spider legs, and a head made from a mass of wigs
with two flashlight eyes. Its preferred method of attack is to sneak
up behind its prey and poke or lightly smack them with a wooly leg, causing
them to scream and fall down.
The monster is upset with a group of bank robbers who
dynamited the mine in which it lived. All they wanted to do was divert
the attention of the police while they pulled a heist, but instead they
invoked the wrath of the beast which spends the rest of the film tracking
them down and leg-poking them. Their troubles are compounded by the
fact that they've decided to lay low for a while in a remote cabin deep
in the mountains, just a stone's throw from the monster's winter cave.
The plot doesn't hold any surprises, and the acting and
camera work are about what you'd expect from this kind of film (although
there's some nice footage of caverns and snow covered mountains).
It's an average film made of average parts, so it gets
an average five out of ten.