Dare You Venture Onto… – Blood Beach (1980)

Blood Beach is a fairly tame monster movie that relies more on the suspense that the film builds rather than the monster itself. In that respect, it works really well for the unseen is always a scary thing though it is a very slow burn until that monster is revealed. If the creature had made an appearance early on, it more than likely would never have worked as well as it did unless the special effects were top-notch and sadly, they were not. So it is a good thing then, that the makers of this film including writer and director Jeffrey Bloom waited until much later in the picture to show the audience just what it was that was killing all blood-beach-15of the beach-goers.

When you boil it all down, there is something beneath the sands of Venice Beach, or at least one stretch of it, that is killing various people. The cops investigate and can find nothing. They bring on an expert in pathologist Dr. Dimitrios who can only guess at what it is and if he is an expert on strange creatures, than everybody is an expert. Eventually, they find the place where the creature was consuming its victims and soon enough, they find the monster and blow it up. But is it dead?

The main problem with this film is that it is far too long. It essentially repeats itself over and over and over and over. Someone walks out on the beach, gets killed and the cops cannot do anything. The next day another person walks out on the beach, also gets killed and again, the cops can do nothing about it. It is an almost endless cycle that gets a little tedious after a while. The good thing about it all is that in between these killings, we get to see a little drama played blood-beach-4out between one of the victim’s daughters and the leading man of the picture played by David Huffman. Burt Young also stars, seemingly playing the exact same character as he did in Rocky except for the fact that he has a different name and a different job. The acting was good overall, the cast doing a fair job of the material, but it would have been nice to see a little more excitement and a little more horror, this being a horror film after all.

If you were to judge by the posters of this film, you would think there would be a lot of blood and gore and you would be sorely mistaken. There is a bit of blood, but very little to what you might expect and that in itself is also a bit of a letdown with this movie. At the end of the day, Blood Beach is not a horrible film, but your time would be well spent watching something else.

2.5 out of 5

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