Beneath a… – Blood Tide (1982)

Whether it be macaroni and cheese, salt and pepper, peanut butter and jelly or virgin girls and ancient monsters, some things are simply meant to go together. Blood Tide is a movie about a monster and the pretty young maidens that are sacrificed to it and all of it stemming from the treasure-seeking James Earl Jones who woke up said creature in pursuit of things buried beneath the waves.

What is pleasantly surprising is the fact that aside from Jones, the film also stars Martin Kove who most remember as the bad guy in The Karate Kid which would be released two years after this. And not for nothing, the cast also has Lila Kedrova and José Ferrer of all people in what amounts to little more than a B film. Suffice it to say, the cast alone makes this feature worth watching and when factoring in the hallmarks of a picture like this including a bit of nudity, chewed-up bodies and truly campy special effects and it is by all accounts, a formula for success.

It all begins when Kove who plays Neil Grice comes to Greece looking for his sister who has gone missing. A little exploration and a few questions later and he runs into Jones who stars as Frye and that is when things take a turn for the worse as they learn about the sacrifices, of the virgins and the rituals and the monster that has been awoken. All of it leads to a sacrifice of a different sort by the man who brought it back while Neil, his wife and sister all live to see another day.

Sometimes a big cheesy monster is exactly what the doctor ordered and Blood Tide does not disappoint on that part. Thankfully its appearances are kept to a minimum so as to accentuate the horror of the beast but when it does show itself on-screen, it is not so much scary as it is laughable. That being said, it does not take away from the rest of the film no matter how cheap it may or may not look instead providing both a bit of fun and a lot of suspense and tension throughout as the various young women are given over to it.

There are some who might classify this film as one that is so bad it happens to be on the side of angels but even though their might be a little that could be called silly and the horror in it not very scary, it manages to make for good viewing, especially with James Earl Jones on board. Directed by Richard Jefferies and written by the man along with Nico Mastorakis, they may not have created a masterpiece but they did create a movie that is both entertaining and provides the audience with an enjoyable way to relax.

3 out of 5

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