CREATURE OF DESTRUCTION (1967)
Article 2710 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 10-4-2008
Posting Date: 1-13-2009
Directed by Larry Buchanan
Featuring Les Tremayne, Pat Delaney, Aron Kincaid
A hypnotist takes his assistant back into a former life and predicts murders by a monster from the beginning of time.
Of the four AIP scripts that were sent to Larry Buchanan to be remade in the late sixties, I would pick THE SHE CREATURE as the weakest of the bunch; I considered the script muddled and unconvincing, and, if I liked anything about the movie, it was Paul Blaisdell’s monster suit. The other scripts had their moments, and since Buchanan’s remakes left goodly portions of the original scripts intact, there still remained a few good (if recycled) elements in his other remakes. This does not bode well for this one; I doubted that anything would be done to fix the problems with the script (and they weren’t), and I was confident that whatever monster suit was devised was going to be much less interesting than the Blaisdell suit (and such was the case). Still, I think this movie does have one improvement over the original; I like Les Tremayne a lot more in the role of the hypnotist than I liked Chester Morris, and he’s easily one of the best actors Larry Buchanan had to work with in any of these movies. Still, he’s fighting a lonely battle; the rest of the cast is third-rate, the pacing and the camerawork are both atrocious, and I think this may be the weakest of Buchanan’s AIP remakes.