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Sunday, March 6, 2011

Queen of Blood (1966)

Queen of Blood is a Sci-Fi adventure with a bit of horror tossed in about two thirds of the way through the film.  I was lured into it by the cast which included screen legend Dennis Hopper [Land of the Dead, Easy Rider], John Saxon [A Nightmare on Elm Street, Enter the Dragon] and Basil Rathbone [Son of Frankenstein, Tales of Terror].  
The best thing I can say about Queen of Blood is its use of hyper-saturated color.  While the sets look like something constructed by a community theater troupe, it's use of bright colors and creative illumination help to distract the audience from the fact that the sets are less than inspired.  With this cast, one would think that there would be some powerful chemistry among the actors.  This is not the case.  The lame, overly technical dialogue and flat, emotionless performances prevent this film from taking off.  The only character that seems to possess any sense of deep emotion is the space being the astronauts rescue from one of the moons of Mars.  While she barely utters a sound, her piercing blue eyes convey that something sinister is about to happen...and it does.
Queen of Blood is the kind of film that used to be the staple of late night Sci-Fi/Horror fests when I was a kid.  However, it's the type of film that used to make we wonder why I stayed up so late to watch this piece of mediocre trash.  
RATING: Fair.
For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.

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