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The Flesh Eaters (1964)

Christopher Drake (III) , Arnold Drake  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Christopher Drake (III), Arnold Drake, Rita Floyd, Warren Houston, Martin Kosleck
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Dark Sky Films
  • DVD Release Date: October 25, 2005
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000A2XC3A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #137,820 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Flesh Eaters" on IMDb

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If you can't stand the sight of flesh being stripped from the human body, please leave the room! This early gore classic has all the elements; beautiful babes, a mad scientist, and millions of carnivorous water spores. Directed by Jack Curtis.

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61 of 61 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This is NOT the edited TV version October 31, 2005
As an avid fan of this movie, I have multiple versions of it ranging from the original Monterey VHS tape, various "boot" VHS tapes and DVDs, and finally both the MPI Dark Sky DVD (sold here) and a Retromedia review copy DVD direct from the source. Here are the findings based on independant research, viewing various versions, the Arnold Drake/Tom Weaver/Fred Olen Ray interview on the Retro disc, and from just flat out watching both DVDs side by side thanks to 2 DVD players, split screen, and lots of patience from my wife:

The MPI/Dark Sky DVD being sold here is Jack Curtis' original print/edit. This same version was sold to TV in a very slightly edited version that was later released by Monterey Home Video in the 80's. This is NOT the slightly edited TV print. It IS the whole (original) shootin' match.

The Retromedia copy is the theatrical print/edit that basically had about 4 minutes of "insert" shots added by theatrical distributor Michael Ripps because I suppose he didn't think the film was shocking enough! For "artistic" reasons (or more likely to accomdate the extra footage and keep the running time around 86 minutes), Ripps also re-edited some of the scenes to remove roughly 4 minutes of footage from Jack Curtis' cut. Although touted as the "uncut" version, it is not uncut.

The MPI/Dark Sky DVD print IS missing the following compared to the Retro version:

1) A 2 second insert shot of a bloody hand in the opening sequence.

2) A 1.5 second insert shot of a white sign advertising "SEAPLANE CHARTER FLIGHTS" that was added to cover a scene edit.

3) A 4 second replacement shot with a close-up of "Bartell" twisting a knife into "Miss Winters".
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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Apparently there may be a couple of different version of the film The Flesh Eaters (1964) floating around, but this is the only one I've ever seen, so it's the only one I can comment on...I do want to take a moment to thank another Amazon reviewer named Charles, who very clearly, and appreciatively, delineated the differences between the DVD version that was originally supposed to be released, versus the version that eventually was released. Written by Arnold Drake (Who Killed Teddy Bear), and directed by Jack Curtis, whom some may know through the late 60s animated series Speed Racer (English version) as the voices of Pops Racer, Lionel Racer, Inspector Detector, and others, the film features perennial silver screen Nazi villain Martin Kosleck (Bomber's Moon, 36 Hours, Morituri) and daytime soaper Byron Sanders ("The Doctors", "Search for Tomorrow"), who, apparently, was the model for Salvador Dali's oil painting "The Crucifixion". Also appearing is Barbara Wilkin (I Saw What You Did), Rita Morley ("The Edge of Night"), and Ray Tudor, whose only other film credit is a movie titled Five the Hard Way (1969), better known to Mystery Science Theater 3000 fans as The Sidehackers, featuring the indomitable Ross Hagen, who doesn't not appear in this film.

The movie opens on a young couple frolicking on a good-sized boat. They end up going for a swim, followed by some ominous, yet kookie sound effects...that can't be good...and it isn't, for the couple, at least. Next we're at a seaport somewhere in New York City (see the Empire State Building in the skyline?) and we meet a hunky, granite jawed, all American charter sea pilot named Grant Murdoch (Sanders).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Early 60's entry December 31, 2007
into grisly cinema. A group of people get stranded on an island, surrounded by a sea of voracious flesh-eating organisms. The mad scientist with them experiments on these organisms, and on the people he's stranded with. He finally causes the organisms to mutate into a giant, gelatinous creature, whose appetites have magnified. The erstwhile survivors figure out how to eliminate the mutation, thus saving themselves from death.

I saw this when I was but a wee lassie. It is truly a grotesque and horrifying film (well, most of it is, anyway). The scene with the scientist feeding the flesh-eaters to the Gilligan wannabe is truly horrible. It is a forgotten classic in the genre of 60's horror films. This film pushed the envelope, broke some barriers in what could be considered some really graphic bloody violence in horror. This was no spoof, no men-in-suits walking carrots movie. This is a real blend of suspense and horror, and well worth the investment.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars NOT BAD SC-FI HORROR ROMP.... November 6, 2005
A drunken movie actress, her sexy female assistant and a pilot get stranded by a storm on an island with a weird scientist who's experimenting with a strange flesh eating form of microscopic sea life. 40's film villain Martin Kosleck is the scientist with fiendish Nazi-tinged intentions while the rest of the cast are unknowns who actually manage to give performances. The film is a low-budget oddity that made the drive-rounds when I was a kid but I wasn't old enough to see it. I remember the gruesome ads though. Now here it is in near mint condition and Widescreen. "Flesh Eaters" isn't as gory as rumor would have it but it still has enough shocks to make it a rarity for 1964. Plus it boasts two monsters that form when the little flesh eaters bond into one big flesh eater---then an even bigger one forms in the sea. The cast does pretty well and the script (when not down right silly) isn't bad at all. The special effects are OK (the little creatures glow) and there is one character who has a particularly gruesome death---pre "Parasite". All in all, not bad viewing for horror fans and those interested in seeing what a "gore" film was in 1964 ("Blood Feast" notwithstanding) and those who remember Martin Koslek. I enjoyed it and I'm glad I watched the other reviews before making the purchase. "Flesh Eaters" would have been no fun at all in a cut version.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 38 Years Ago
I had not seen this since I was a teenager, and the memories came flooding back. Filmed beautifully, acting was very good, and the extras made it worthwhile. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Frank J. Altschul
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun little B sci-fi Horror moive
Interesting plot. Over the top acting. Predectiable script. Just the thing for a rainy Saturday afternoon (or a late Saturday night).
Published 13 months ago by James Scanlon
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic drive-in fare
"The Flesh Eaters" starts out with the proverbial scantily clad young couple frolicking on the water in a boat. The guy playfully snatches off the girl's bikini top. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Max Fabien
1.0 out of 5 stars It's not a bad movie: It's misunderstood!
I've been on a search for the worst movie ever made. I don't consider Plan Nine from Outer Space to even be close. Read more
Published 19 months ago by BD King
3.0 out of 5 stars NOT BAD!
Bad enough to be entertaining, but not really all that bad! Features attractive women, quirky performances, and pretty cool monsters.
Published 21 months ago by Bradley D. Hall
4.0 out of 5 stars The Flesh Eaters(1964)
The Flesh Eaters(1964) is a low budget sci-fi-horror-thriller from director Jack Curtis and writer/comic book artist Arnold Drake. Read more
Published on July 21, 2011 by Jorge A. Zarco
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie for it's time!!!!!
Great movie for it's time. I believe it is one of the most over looked B-Movies!!! The FX are what makes this movie so real. Read more
Published on December 29, 2010 by Buckshot Jones
2.0 out of 5 stars GORE complete-ists only -
An early (PERHAPS the earliest) example of the "gore" sub-species of cult horror genre.

The "effects" are, quite frankly, a yawn or laughable - depending on your frame... Read more
Published on November 7, 2010 by crowbone
5.0 out of 5 stars Forgotten Horror that Still Works Today
This is truly an entertaining film that got swept under the rug and forgotten. I remember catching The Flesh Eaters as a kid growing up in the late 70's on WTOG's Creature Feature... Read more
Published on July 5, 2010 by Jason T. Fetters
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow, where has this movie been all my life?
I consider myself quite the classic horror fan, so I'm surprised this one has flown under my radar for so long. Read more
Published on February 27, 2010 by A. Gammill
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