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Don Dohler was the master of making super bad (yet highly entertaining) films. Having seen The Galaxy Invader previous to this, I knew exactly what I was getting into... and I wasn't disappointed. The Nightbeast lands his spaceship in a small, scarcely populated town and then proceeds to kill every human being in sight. It's like Predator (but on a shoestring budget, with horrible actors and chintzy special effects). Sheriff Brillopad Afroperm leads a team of redneck resistance fighters to overtake the nightbeast, but they quickly learn this alien menace is no pushover! Meanwhile, Drago, a doughy middle-aged biker, provides a laughable side story (and unintentional comic relief). This flick was tailor made for the MST3K/Rifftrax/Cinematic Titanic treatment. 5 stars!
Reviewed in the United States on November 17, 2015
From ultra-low-budget director, Don Dohler (ALIEN FACTOR 1 and 2, THE GALAXY INVADER) comes NIGHTBEAST! When an alien craft crashes near a small town, terror is unleashed upon the unsuspecting populace. The NIGHTBEAST begins its murderous rampage almost immediately, wiping out a trio of hunters, zapping them into oblivion w/ its death ray! The horror continues as the creature seems bent on killing every human in its path! Neither clunky dialogue nor atrocious "acting" can stop its blood-lust! NIGHTBEAST just may be Dohler's best film, filled w/ gory slime and featuring his ugliest monster yet! If you are a fan of this man's work, then you'll definitely appreciate his artful use of cheeeze here. Dohler always makes the most of his non-existent budgets, coming up w/ deliriously fun epics like this one. What sets NIGHTBEAST apart, is its action level, which far outshines any of Dohler's other movies. The characters are, of course, human furniture, including the poodle-haired sheriff and his team of underachievers. A true schlock marvel! Co-stars the Don Dohler regulars, including the ever-present George Stover! Highly recommended...
This one was cheap. It was ridiculous. It had stupid characters and the monster looks kind of goofy. But none of that really matters as "Nightbeast" turned out to be such a spellbinding joyride of a movie that you just cant help but love it!
This is low budget horror/sci-fi as it should be. Fun, wacky, violent and full of heart. This is really a awesome film for those who enjoy the genre. Laser guns, guts'n gore and a monster from outer space who kills everything walking on two leggs. Even children get a little taste of the laser gun in this one.
Right from the get go the action unfolds at a furious pace. Lasers, lasers, lasers! The alien starts a full on war against humanity the second he walks outside of his spaceship. The bodycount is insane as the local police tries to stop the raging beast from wreacking havoc in the small farmer comunity of rural baltimore.
This is a fast moving little pearl of b-movie madness that everyone should give a chance. Get this exeptional disc from Troma and enjoy one of the forgotten gems of independent cinema today.
2.0 out of 5 starsIs that an alien, or a monster?... no it's a man in a rubber suit!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 25, 2015
An alien crash lands in a small American town and instantly starts killing by shooting with a laser gun and mutilating the bodies.
Ineffective but completely harmless sci-fi with far more than a nod to comedy. Hilariously bad acting, its so stilted they could really be reading lines as they go, a monster that makes Howard The Duck look realistic and a story that's straight out of a 1940s/50 B-picture, should really add up to an unwatchable mess but is actually far from it. What helps is the action starts almost instantly, the monster crash lands gets out and right away shoots and kills everyone he see's, yes it might not be the most believable but at least we hit the ground running, that is until around 40mins when a couple of pointless subplots enter (a romance & a serial killer) and the alien stuff takes a back seat, that is until about 20-25mins later when things liven up again. The effects are much better than you will expect, the alien rips off chests, arms and when 2 young kids get zapped you'll know anything might happen. While some of the dialogue is actually quite funny this is supposed to be a sci-fi/horror, there is never any real tension or god forbid scares, but at least the alien (although not believable at all) looks funky and is never hidden away from shot.
As this was a Section 3 nasty you just have to ask, how anyone could've been offended by what is effectively a comedy horror, that actually makes it even funnier than anything in the picture. If your in the right mood for a totally mindless but quite "fun" sci-fi this could be very enjoyable, if not the short runtime could feel 3x longer.