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Track of the Moon Beast

Chase Cordell , Donna Leigh Drake , Richard Ashe  |  PG |  DVD
1.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Chase Cordell, Donna Leigh Drake, Patrick Wright, Francine Kessler, Gregorio Sala
  • Directors: Richard Ashe
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Jef Films
  • DVD Release Date: January 15, 2008
  • Run Time: 81 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 1.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000YRY816
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #452,220 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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A fateful shower of lunar fragments shoots through the atmosphere of New Mexico. A meteorite particle strikes young mineralogist Paul Carlson - and an awful transformation begins to take place. Recuperating in bed, Paul responds to the rising of the moo

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Warning! Only watch the MST3K version! May 22, 2007
Format:VHS Tape
This movie in itself is a lo budget waste of time with a slew of wooden actors who couldn't act thier way out of a paper bag. Beefcake Paul falls for slutty blond who is too clingy to begin with, and the rest goes downhill from there. If you feel the need to watch this movie...get the Msytery Science theatre 3000 version. Mike and the bots dutifully chainsaw this abomination to pieces! The tagline for this movie is KAthy the blonde utter "Moonrock?!! Oh wow!!!"
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Total Eclipse June 9, 2009
Format:DVD
TRACK OF THE MOON BEAST was filmed in 1972 but four years passed before the film found a distributor. There is a reason for that. Now and then a film is bad but amusing or has a strangely goofy charm, with such films as PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE and ATTACK OF THE 50 FOOT WOMAN cases in point--but most of the time a bad movie is simply that: a bad movie. I fail to see how any one, including the cast crew, ever extracted a nano-second of enjoyment from it.

Briefly, the story concerns archeologist Paul (Chase Cordell, whose chief qualification for the role seems to be that he looks good without a shirt) who hooks up with photographer Kathy (Leigh Drake, whose talent consists miniskirts.) They go for a walk during a meteor show. When a meteor strikes nearby, a tiny bit of rock becomes imbedded in Paul's head. Later, when he goes to a NASA museum, the proximity of a moon rock causes the bit of rock to react in a way that makes Paul turn into a badly costumed monster every full moon night.

I could spend several paragraphs listing what is bad about this movie. Rather than do that, I will list what is good: nothing. Absolutely nothing. And it isn't bad-movie-funny, or bad-movie-goofy, or bad-movie loveable, or bad-movie entertaining at any point or for any reason. MOON BEAST is best seen in full eclipse with the sound turned off.

GFT, Amazon Reviewer
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Beastly bad film December 2, 2011
Format:DVD
Concept is familiar -- man turns into a monster, not too different from old werewolf films. But this film has no appeal whatsoever. The writing and the acting are so wooden that it is impossible to care about any of the characters. It's not scary, it's not funny, it's just a boring waste of time. How did something this amateurish ever get OK'd and produced? (On the other hand, it is kind of fun to think about a double-feature pairing "Track of the Moon Beast" with 1959's similarly plotted but not as awful "The Hideous Sun Demon.")
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Track of the Moon Beast(1976) April 2, 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Track of the Moon Beast(1976) is a decent, cheesy 1970's science fiction horror film. Mystery Science Theater 3000 brought this movie back into the mainstream in the 1990's. This film portrays a Native American as a hero and it has two attractive leads. Then again, it has clunky dialogue, some poor acting, cheesy special effects and some mean-spirited violent scenes. Country-rock musician Frank Larrabee sings the film's theme song California Lady. The song was released on a 7 inch vinyl single. A minerologist gets hit on the head by a lunar meteorite. The tiny piece of meteorite stuck in his brain transforms him into a killer moon beast during full moons. It's fun hearing Johnny Longbow boast about stew ingredients("...chicken, corn, green peppers, onions..."). The moon beast's death looks like a funky Buggles music video! There's bad visual effects footage of...flaming toast...flying around the sun! Donna Leigh Drake plays the film's leading lady. She looks hot in short shorts and a pink "jumpsuit" . Her screaming sounds like girls at a Beatles concert. Track of the Moon Beast is cheesy 1970's horror that'll keep you entertained for 90 minutes.
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2.0 out of 5 stars "Then........there's something inside my head?" October 21, 2014
By Einsatz
Format:DVD
In pursuit of films featuring people turning into monsters, I will watch most anything (at least once). And because filmmakers today have long neglected this genre, I'm forced to scrape the bottom of the barrel in hopes of finding a hidden gem. This, however, is not one of those. This is a flightless turkey that should have ended up in someone's stew.

The plot features a mineralogist (Chase Cordell) who seems incapable of keeping his shirt on, getting bopped in the head with a `lunar' meteorite. A fragment of said meteorite lodges deep in his brain (they had to produce several X-rays to prove that). Every time the full moon comes out, he morphs into a giant lizard. He starts killing people left and right. Naturally, the medical community is quick to offer aide and comfort to the killer until they realize the meteorite has disintegrated. Thank goodness someone remembers a Native American legend concerning the exact same thing happening eons ago. Not to worry, they expect him to self-combust at any moment.....barring a friend shooting him first with an arrow tipped with part of the original meteorite.

Gosh, it's amazing the things people will put on film and expect other people to watch. This horror flick has very little going for it except the scene where the mineralogist wakes up in a hospital wearing polka dot PJs for pity sake! Otherwise, all the performances are painfully awkward and unnatural. The dialog is hilarious but it's not supposed to be. The camera work is static. The monster looks like a guy in a lizard suit. They even tossed in a musical interlude that they refused to interrupt while they continued with the story.........silently. I don't even want to talk about the character called Longbow.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars A real stinker, flush and forget.
Ugh, totally awful, but I had to make sure it was the same crappy movie that I saw as a kid. It was.
Published 6 days ago by Herzog_Zwei
1.0 out of 5 stars Sandia Mountain area
The best thing about this movie and possibly the only thing is its hokey plot, which might make it a Masterpiece of Classic Horror/Sci-fi eventually. Read more
Published 5 months ago by crosscountryman
2.0 out of 5 stars ot one of the greatsn
while some low budget 50's sci fi films are actually scary this one doesn't cut it/acting wooden/special effects and make up not special
Published 7 months ago by H. Danits
3.0 out of 5 stars Old B-movie, looks older than it is
If I saw this movie without knowing it was released in 1976, I would have thought it was older, probably closer to the early 60's. Read more
Published 9 months ago by John Black
1.0 out of 5 stars Crap
Very bad. Find something else to do with your time, because this is a total waste. Nothing buy sour grapes for this one.
Published 11 months ago by Michael Cooper
2.0 out of 5 stars Track of the Moonbeast
Not a very good horror film with attractive leads but bad acting. The one that comes off the best is the actor that plays the Native American anthropologist who is also the hero. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Celia DLF
1.0 out of 5 stars In the running for worst movie ever produced
Poor acting, a tired lifeless plot, poor production values, cheesy special effects. Any teenager with an interest in film-making could have produced a much better movie. Read more
Published on September 7, 2012 by Woody Wingfield
2.0 out of 5 stars CAMPY 1976 CREATURE FEATURE AVOIDS GRATUITOUS SEX & VIOLENCE
IN A NUTSHELL: RICK BAKER HAS BEEN NOMINATED FOR 10 OSCARS FOR 'MAKE-UP' & SPECIAL EFFECTS'

There is one good thing about the 1976 B-CREATURE FEATURE 'TRACK OF THE MOON... Read more
Published on October 14, 2006 by Heather L. Parisi
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