Night Fright

Year Of Release: 1967
Running Time: 75 Minutes
DVD Released By: Alpha Video
Directed By: James A. Sullivan
Writing Credits: Russ Marker
Filming Location: Dallas, Texas

Starring: John Agar, Carol Gilley, Ralph Baker Jr., Dorothy Davis, Bill Thurman, Roger Ready, Gary McLain, Darlene Drew, Frank Jolly, Bill Holly, Janiz Menshew, Russ Marker, Tony Pierce, Christi Simmons, Brenda Venus

Tagline: I was unable to locate any taglines for this film.

Alternate Titles:
Extraterrestrial Nasty, The (1967) (UK)
Fright Night (1967) (TV title)

Interesting Bits of Trivia:
In 1946, John Agar married America's sweetheart, Shirley Temple. This marriage also turned out to be the launching point of his film career. In 1948, Shirley Temple was cast in the film Fort Apache. Fortunately for John Agar and B-Movie fans everywhere, they decided to use him in the film as well. This was John's first appearance in a feature film, and he couldn't have asked for a better debut, appearing opposite the likes of John Wayne and Henry Fonda. Although he appeared in several "normal" films throughout his career, it was his appearances in a multitude of "B" type sci-fi and monster movies made him a B-Movie legend. In 1972, Famous Monsters of Filmland Magazine reported that John Agar had died. This was completely false, and John actually lived to autograph several copies of the articles. In fact, he wasn't even close to dying when that article came out. He actually lived until April 7, 2002 when he finally succumbed to emphysema in Burbank, California.




Cast Of Characters
Sheriff Clint Crawford: Yes folks, it's the immortal B-Movie legend John Agar in the role of sheriff Clint Crawford. As you can see, he's quite a bit older in this film than you're probably used to seeing him. I mean, look at this screenshot. It looks like he's traded in the ol' Japanese teeth magic for some Japanese denture magic. All kidding aside though, Johnny plays a tough country sheriff who's out to stop a monster that you never get a good look at. Pretty exciting isn't it. Man he must have been really desperate for work when he took this part.

Wes: This sourpuss lookin' guy is Wes. He's the Holliston Gazette's ace reporter, which should tell you something about the Holliston Gazette. How can anyone take a newspaper seriously that has the word Gazette in it's name anyway? Sounds like one of those free papers that people sell their cars in and stuff.

Chris: Chris is a dork. I can't think of any other word to describe him other than dork. At least he's not a stupid dork, which would have made things even worse. He's a college kid who's dating Judy. He also used to date another girl in Judy's sorority which doesn't sit too well with her. Judging by this picture, I'm guessing that in college he's majoring in something geeky like mathematics and minoring in the study of Japanese teeth magic. I think he should switch majors though, the teeth magic will get you a lot more chicks.

Judy: Whoa! Is that a helmet on your head or are you just glad to see me? This is Judy. She's an idiot. 'Nuff said.

Deputy Ben Whitfield: If this were Star Trek, this guy would have on a yellow shirt and he'd be the first one out of the shuttle craft. About two seconds after he got out of the shuttle craft, the monster would have killed him. However, as it's not Star Trek, he had on a sheriff's uniform instead of a yellow shirt and never even made it out of his car before the monster killed him. I will give him credit for one thing though. He was pretty intelligent and managed to survive through about eighty to ninety percent of the movie. That's a better track record than most of those shuttle craft guys now isn't it?

Joan: Joan's the nurse at the hospital, the sheriff's girlfriend, and the big sister of another minor character in the film named Darlene. Now that's quite a bit of work considering she probably only got paid a buck ninety-eight to be in this film. She's only mildly intelligent, but she's light years ahead of her sister when it comes to brain power.

Professor Alan Clayton: This guy didn't have much of a part in this picture, but I figured I'd throw him in here anyway. Looking back on it, I can't imagine what the hell made me decide to do that, but here ya go. He used to work at Cape Kennedy and he knew what kind of stuff was in that rocket that crashed. Unfortunately, because it was classified, he wasn't able to tell Clint until the end of the movie. Yeah, that's pretty much all this guy did. Well that and smoke a pipe. Almost looks like a young Fred MacMurray in this picture don't he?

The Monster: This is the monster. Pretty scary huh? You may be wondering why this is only my artist's rendition of the monster instead of the real thing. Well that's because there's very little footage of the monster in this film, and what little footage we did get to see was always at night or in the dark which pretty much made it impossible to get a good screenshot of it. Hell I couldn't even really get a bad screenshot of it. That's how bad it was. So, since I didn't want to disappoint my readers, I thought I'd just whip up a suitable replacement.




Screen Shots

Man, this screenshot was just one of life's little happy accidents. Basically I was looking to get a character shot of this dunce Judy, and as I was stepping through it frame by frame looking for a good, useable image, suddenly I saw this. The is without a doubt the stupidest, most unbelievably moronic "duh" look I think I've ever seen. So naturally, when I got done laughing, I just had to throw it in here for everyone to enjoy.

"Hey guys look! Bears really do poop in the woods!"

"You don't know just who it is you're dealing with now do you sheriff? Well allow me to introduce myself. I am Rex LeTurd! International man of mystery and Liberace impersonator on the weekends at the Holiday Inn on I-95. If you let me go, I'll make sure you and your girl have free passes to the dinner show in the moonlight lounge."




Best Quotes

Cliff: "Where ya headed now?"
Darlene: "Out to our cabin to have a barbeque and play some records."
Cliff: "Well I'm sorry but I'm gonna have to ask you kids to forget the party and head on back to town."



- Cliff telling a group of college kids to turn around and head back to town for their own safety. - (Reviewer's Note: WOOWOO!!! Records and a barbeque??? Oh boy can I come? That sounds like good fun! Oh, and don't worry about who Darlene is. She's Joan's younger sister, but she was only a minor character so I didn't bother putting her in the character section.)




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Night Fright
Damn Chris, Judy's not only a dunce, but she's a jealous as hell dunce. What the heck are you dating her for?



Summary and Conclusion

Whoa, and I thought The Astounding She-Monster was boring! Let me just start off by saying that the ONLY reason this movie didn't get a bat rating was out of respect for the late John Agar. If he hadn't have been in it, this review would have most definitely gotten a lesser rating than it already did. I mean, you can tell by the lame quote and the small number of screenshots I managed to get out of this film just how bad it really was.

So exactly what was so bad about it? Oh man, I don't even know where to begin. To start with, this movie was like a huge collection of the various things that irritate me in a movie. One of the biggest things is that you never really get a good look at the monster. This thing is a some kind of a huge damn gorilla beast thing with alligator feet. I mean, it shouldn't be all that hard to spot right? Well normally it wouldn't be. Normally you'd be able to see something like that coming at you a mile away, but in this movie, you see the monster at the very beginning and at the very end and never at any other point in between. When you do see it, we come to irritant #2, which is that every time the monster is shown, it's at night and it's so dark that almost all you ever see of it is a dark silhouette. Now I did manage to catch a slight glimpse of this thing here and there, just enough to tell that it was really cool looking, but not enough to ever get a screen shot of it. I despise movies that do that and it seems like a complete waste of time for them to have ever even made a film like this if they weren't going to bother showing the creature. I mean, why even have a monster if you're not going to show it? Might as well have just had a serial killer or something and saved the money on the monster outfit.

Then we have the complete lack of any interesting characters. Every character in this movie was boring as hell. Sadly enough I have to include John Agar's character in that list. It's not his fault though. This movie was a turd to start with, so he really didn't have a lot to work with. I mean, here's an example. He's a sheriff, but at one point in the film he gives a newspaper reporter a package of evidence to drop off at the crime lab for him so he can have it analyzed. Now what cop would do that? I mean, I don't care if this is some backwoods town in Texas with a low rent sheriff's department, even a country sheriff has more brains than to do something like that. And as if that's not bad enough, the whole thing with the package of evidence never even appears again in the movie. He never gets the results back or anything, so it was pointless to even do something that stupid to begin with.

Then we have his deputy, Ben Whitfield. This guy was doin' fine. Everything was ok with the character, until the end when he was driving along and came across the monster along the road. He slams on the brakes, tries to turn the car around, stalls it out, and then as the monster's coming at him, he's calling for help on the radio! In fact, he's still on the radio as the monster's beating the snot out of him in the car. Now you may say to yourself, "Well fine, he was scared and he was calling for help." Yeah ok, but you have to realize something. He was calling for help on that radio for a long time. I mean, at the very least he could have gotten out of the damn car and tried to run, but all he did was sit there calling for help. It literally took the monster about a minute to get to the car, during which time he could have either run, or at least pulled out his gun and shot the damn thing, which would have been the smart thing to do. No, actually, if he had been smart, he would have just run the thing down with his car and been done with it. I mean, if I saw some big ol' gorilla beast and I knew it had killed people already, that'd be what I do. I mean, it's a sheriff's car, it's not like he'd be bangin' up his own personal car or something. Jeez!

Then we have all the moronic college kids. That brings me to something else I really hate. Stupid characters. I think Chris was about the only college kid character in this film that was halfway intelligent. In fact, Clint, Wes, and Chris were about the only really intelligent people in this movie, and Chris was only borderline. I mean, when you have a movie where you spend ninety percent of it wishing the monster would come out and kill everyone on the screen, then there's something wrong with the way the characters in the film were written. In an average movie you should probably have one to three characters that you really want to see the monster kill. But when you want to see them come out and kill the entire cast, then there was a serious problem somewhere along the line that should have either been corrected by the writer before the movie started shooting, or the director during production.

There's one last thing I want to mention before I wrap this up. The box says this movie is 66 minutes long. When I checked it out on IMDB, it turns out there's actually two cuts of the film. There was a UK version that was 75 minutes and an American cut that was 66 minutes. I was irritated that this DVD, the only one currently available of this film, came with the 66 minute version. To my surprise though, the 66 minutes listed on the box is actually a mistake, and this DVD does indeed have the 75 minute version of the film. Though if you cut out a lot of the extended go-go dancing college kids scenes, I'm sure you'd could get it down to 66 minutes without missing anything important. In fact, you could probably cut this movie down to about 15 minutes without missing anything important. Isn't that sad? I think it is, and that's why I'm only giving this crappy, boring, snore fest of a movie...

B-Movie Central's Rating: 1 Bee

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