Thursday, February 6, 2014

Beast From Haunted Cave (1959)

This 1950's black and white classic holds a very, very special place in my heart. Not only is it filmed in the Black Hills of South Dakota, my home state, but it also has a hilariously inaccurate and uncomfortably long tag line: "Screaming young girls sucked into a labyrinth of horror by a blood-starved ghoul from Hell".  I really love this so-wrong-it's-right film.

I've been looking for a good movie to give my first All GIF review to - Beast From Haunted Cave should be good. But let's iron out a few things first:

#1: No young girls are sucked into a labyrinth of horror.
#2: A few walk in voluntarily.
#3: There is no evidence to conclude the monster is blood-starved.
#4: It's a spider thing, not a far as I can see.
#5: The ghoul is not from Hell - it lives in a cave and is most likely a lost ancient arachnid that just needs a hug.
#6: The cave, young girls, ghoul, and Hell all play rather minor roles in the film.
#7: This movie is actually about money, sex, and power.
#8: The cave is not haunted.

Now that we got that out there - let the GIF party begin!

The movie begins and it looks like it has promise!

But within a few seconds I get confused by the Fear-Freezing Suspense... WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?

Then there is a bunch of people skiing:

Enter criminals, unawares there is more than just gold in them there hills:

The criminals, one being The Girlfriend, immediately begin arguing. In fact, that is what they do through the entire film. They "fight" over drinks, singing, gold, snow, gold-stealing plans, people's attention:

Me, at this point:

Plans are made for gold thievery. None of which make a whole lot of sense:

Thieving plans involve taking unsuspecting people into the woods. That's when things begin to get ugly...

Enter: Beast From Haunted Cave!

Actually, it's more like this:

Monster does monster business:

And then suddenly, the monster's reign of terror is over:

And now, The Beast From Haunted Cave is added to your Favorite Movies of All Time List:

You're welcome.
Pairs best with anyone and anything silly.

In fact, you can watch is now for free through the Internet Archive!!


  1. Perhaps my favorite wendigo movie

    1. This is kind of blowing my mind, Cliff! Yes, I have to agree with you. It's now one of my most favorite wendigo films :)