The Flesh Eaters (1964) Online
An alcoholic actress, her personal assistant, and their pilot are downed on a secluded isle by bad weather, where a renegade Nazi scientist is using ocean life to develop a solvent for human flesh. The tiny flesh-eating sea critters that result certainly give our heroes a run for their money - and lives.
|Martin Kosleck||-||Prof. Peter Bartell|
|Byron Sanders||-||Grant Murdoch|
|Barbara Wilkin||-||Jan Letterman|
|Rita Morley||-||Laura Winters|
|Rita Floyd||-||Radio Operator|
|Warren Houston||-||Cab Driver (scenes deleted)|
|Ira Lewis||-||Freddy Miller|
The Flesh Eaters used a very William Castle like exploitation gimmick; plastic packets of "instant blood" were given out to each patron as they entered the theatre in case they were attacked by flesh eaters.
According to writer/producer Arnold Drake, Terry Curtis, wife of director Jack Curtis, won $72,000 on the television quiz show "High Low." Some of the money was used to finish this production.
While filming on location at Montauk, New York, a real hurricane destroyed the sets and equipment. Production was delayed for a year and the cost rose from $60,000 to $105,000.
The working title of the 1968 classic Night of the Living Dead was Night of the Flesh Eaters. The title was changed when its distributor, The Walter Reade Organization, expressed concern over confusion with The Flesh Eaters, released five years earlier.
According to Variety, principal photography was completed in the fall of 1961.
Pay careful attention to the sound that the flesheaters make. It's very similar (if not the same) as the sound the ants make in THEM.
Writer/producer Arnold Drake said he got the inspiration for this story from a incident in the 1950s in which millions of dead fish were washed ashore by red colored tides along the shores of Florida, Georgia and South Carolina.
Copyrighted in 1962 (MCMLXII).