Thursday, June 17, 2010
This version dates from 1951 and is a much looser version of the story. It was directed by Christian Nyby – though it is generally believed that producer Howard Hawkes actually did most of the direction.
We begin in Anchorage where reporter Scotty (Douglas Spencer) is snooping around for a story. When a group of airmen, commanded by Captain Patrick Hendry (Kenneth Tobey, The Vampire), are sent on a reconnaissance to the North Pole – as a group of scientists have found a downed aircraft – he hitches along for the ride.
So, we have a creature that doesn’t die as we know it, needs fire to kill it and drinks/absorbs blood. The blood of living animals is its sustenance and allows regeneration. The blood also allows it to self reproduce (via the seed pods). Okay that is a stretch from the vampire norm model but we are talking a genre adaptation to fit in with a sci-fi premise. This is a great little film and I am going to stick my neck out and declare it as a sci-fi vamp movie. The imdb page is here.