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Queen of Blood 1966

Read my older piece on Queens of Blood HERE:

Director Curtis Harrington became known in later years for his excursion into psychological ‘horror of personality’ films depicting broken people who commit frightful acts of violence and murder. Before that, he made a really colorful & weird bordering-on psychedelic science fiction/horror movie Queen of Blood in 1966.

Queen of Blood features a bargain basement spaceship and laboratory – with sets by Leon Smith and in charge of the art department were John Cline and Carl Schnazer. The Queen’s sexy queasy was designed by makeup artist William Condo and hairstylist George Spier.

The movie blends elements of both science fiction and horror, offering a unique and atmospheric take on vampiric-extraterrestrial encounters. The film was produced by Roger Corman, Sam Arkoff, George Edwards, and Stephanie Rothman. Queen of Blood was photographed by Vilis Lapenieks who worked with Harrington on his extremely poetic Night Tide 1961 a meditation on the mermaid mythos, also starring Hopper.

Read my piece for NIGHT TIDE 1961 HERE:

The story is set in the near future when Earth receives a distress signal from an alien spacecraft that has crash-landed on Mars. A team of astronauts Dr. Farraday (Basil Rathbone) Allan Brenner (John Saxon), Paul Grant (Dennis Hopper), and Laura James (Judi Meredith)  embark on a rescue mission to the red planet.

In 1990, as Earth readies itself to launch manned spacecraft toward Mars and Venus, our planet receives an extraordinary message from an alien civilization. They express a desire to send ambassadors of peace to meet us, generating immense enthusiasm within the International Space Agency. Driven by this unexpected development, astronauts Allen Brenner (played by horror/sci-fi pro -John Saxon), Paul Grant (portrayed by Dennis Hopper), and Laura James (acted by Judi Meredith) undergo rigorous training under the guidance of Dr. Farraday (portrayed by Basil Rathbone) to embark on a journey into the depths of space. Rathbone’s assistant is none other than the renowned curator of everything horror and fantastical Forest J. Ackerman.

Before they can reach Earth, they receive a distress call that the alien ship has crashed on Mars. In response, Paul, Laura, and a third astronaut, Anders Brockman (played by Paul Boon), are dispatched on a rescue mission. However, their rocket is damaged by a powerful ‘sunburst,’ leaving them stranded on the enigmatic red planet. Meanwhile, Allen and Tony (portrayed by Don Eitner) take off in an attempt to rescue their stranded comrades. As they journey to Mars, they land on Phobos, one of the moons of the red planet. To their astonishment, they encounter a mysterious green-skinned alien woman, while (as all the other aliens have unfortunately perished).

Upon reaching Mars, the astronauts discover that the alien ship has been severely damaged, and its crew is dead. However, to their shock, they also find one survivor—an enigmatic and alluring female alien (Florence Marly) with green skin, a white bee-hive hairdo, and ruby-red lips. The alien, initially unable to communicate verbally, appears to be in need of assistance. The astronauts decide to bring her back to Earth, unaware of the sinister secret she harbors. As the journey back to Earth her true nature and intentions become increasingly apparent. She is a Queen, a space vampire who requires plasma to survive, which she extracts from the blood of humans. The astronauts must confront the horrifying reality that they have brought a deadly and vampiric creature onboard their spacecraft.

Determined to bring her back to Earth along with Paul who is fascinated with the strange alien Anders, and Laura. But on their way home they are shocked to find out that the viridescent green beauty is actually a space vampire who kills Paul while the others are sleeping.

Paul “She’s a monster… We ought to destroy her right now.”

However, despite the danger she poses to the crew, mission control considers her to be an astonishing scientific find and insists the crew bring her back to earth. They are told to feed her the blood plasma she needs, but once the plasma runs out, they are at the mercy of this alien bloodsucker.

Following Harrington’s poetic debut Night Tide 1961, he wound up collaborating with Roger Corman who put together this film that used recycled footage from Russian science fiction films. The first one was Voyage to the Prehistoric Planet 1965 which is the Americanization of Pleneta Bur or Planet of Storms 1962. And then Queen of Blood 1966 which combines scenes from other Nebo Zovyot (The Sky Calls 1960 which he and Coppola trimmed down and dubbed it as Battle Beyond the Sun 1962 and Mechte Navstrechu) Encounter in Space 1963 with the newly shot scenes starring Saxon, Hopper, Rathbone, and Meredith.

The beautiful menacing ‘queen’ alien woos both Paul and Anders to their deaths with a seductive grimace and her flaming blue eyes. It is Florence Marly who actually makes the film work even considering she never utters a work, it is all conveyed with the sinister smile and her vampiric movement like a slow alluring visual communication.

Finally, it’s heroine Judi Meredith who vanquishes the Queen of Blood by scratching her with her fingernails and she bleeds to death – she is a hemophiliac. The twist ending shows that back on earth Alan and Laura discover that she has hidden hundreds of her eggs on board the ship, and while Alan warns they must destroy her brood before they hatch, Rathbone is the archetypical scientist who is excited to study them. Ackerman leads us out of the movie while smiling over the tray of blood-red alien eggs in aspic.

Q The Winged Serpent 1982

Q: The Winged Serpent is a 1982 American creature feature film written and directed by Larry Cohen, known for infusing dark humor and social commentary into his horror films and television scripts. The movie combines elements of horror, fantasy, as well as the crime genre and is considered his favorite of all his work.

The story is set in New York City, where a series of gruesome ritualistic murders have struck fear into the hearts of its residents. These murders appear to be connected to an ancient Aztec cult, and the police are baffled by the brutality of the crimes.

Simultaneously, an enormous, winged serpent-like creature, compared to the ancient god Quetzalcoatl, begins terrorizing the city. It nests atop the Chrysler Building, and its presence in the skies adds a layer of fear to the already panicked city.

Jimmy Quinn (Michael Moriarty), a small-time crook, stumbles upon the creature’s lair while attempting to evade the police. He realizes that the giant winged serpent may be the key to his escape and potentially a means of acquiring a substantial ransom.

As the city descends into chaos due to both the serial killings and the winged serpent’s reign of terror, a group of investigators, including Detective Shepard (David Carradine), desperately tries to solve the puzzle and stop the creature before it causes more death and destruction.

Q: The Winged Serpent is known for its blend of horror and dark humor, as well as its creative use of practical effects to bring Quetzalcoatl to life. The film pays homage to classic monster movies while also offering a gritty and urban take on the genre, set against the backdrop of New York City. The film also stars Candy Clark and Richard Roundtree.


Writer-director Larry Cohen according to interviews, once looked at the Chrysler Building and said: “That’d be the coolest place to have a nest.” This single thought was the idea which began the creation of this movie.The film poster’s glossy monster illustration was painted by science fiction/fantasy artist Boris Vallejo. (I love the guys work. Been a fan since the ’70s!)

They couldn’t fit the giant egg and nest into the Chrysler Building’s attic, so they shot these scenes in an old, abandoned police building. When they were finished shooting the crew removed everything except the nest. “Close to a year later there was an article on the front page of the New York Times,” Larry Cohen said detailing a flurry of activity from anthropologists flying into town to examine a mysterious nest found in the old, abandoned police building. “I wasn’t about to say anything about it, I didn’t know what the liability might be.”When they shot the scene with people firing machine guns at the beast from the top of the skyscraper the ejected shells fell eighty stories towards the streets below, but luckily they were caught by a canopy installed to prevent construction debris. Larry Cohen expected and hoped to get footage of real people reacting in shock to the gunfire, but the civilians barely gave the commotion a glance. That didn’t stop the New York Daily News from reporting a more colorful story about poor behavior by the production. It led to Cohen being told that he couldn’t fire any more guns in the movie.

The special effects for the flying serpent were done using stop-motion animation by Randall William Cook and David Allen.Writer/Director Larry Cohen and David Carradine were old friends since serving in the army together. They were part of the army transportation corp although they “never did any transportation work.” Instead the duo managed to get assigned to the chaplain’s office where Cohen wrote sermons and Carradine painted the walls. “He spent most of his time at the dentist’s office getting new teeth. Except for the time he was court martialed for shoplifting from the PX but acquitted, of course.

Michael Moriarty became the focus of LarryCohen’s praise several times and suggested viewers check out his single scene in The Last Detail. “If you’ve never seen anybody steal a scene from Jack Nicholson you will see it in The Last Detail.” Cohen worked with Moriarty five times, Q, The Stuff, A Return to Salem’s Lot, It’s Alive III: Island of the Alive and an episode of Masters of Horror, and he believes there’s no one better.

They had an early preview of the film prior to distribution, and a rumor started that it was a sneak preview of Steven Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Half the audience got up and left when they realized it was a Samuel Z. Arkoff production instead. “Nobody even gave the picture a chance. Actually except Carl Reiner and his wife. They stayed for the first scene.”Larry Cohen credits the original stage play of Wait Until Dark for “inventing” the cliche of the supposedly deceased bad guy jumping up again to scare the protagonist.

Originally announced with James Coburn and Yapphet Kotto starring.

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Sunday Nite Surreal: Queen of Blood (1966) She’s a monster!



Queen of Blood 1966 is one of the films made by AIP, at the time Roger Corman was working for them. They utilized a lot of Russian film footage mostly because of their superior big-budget special effects (a soviet fable called Mechte Navstrechu from 1963) shooting the action scenes around the cannibalized footage and finished the film in 8 days. Produced by George Edwards and directed & written by one of MY favorite filmmakers –the very original visionary Curtis Harrington, Queen of Blood possesses a dream-like quality, partly due to the atmosphere and colors set forth by Art Director Al Locatelli (Dementia 13 (1963), American Graffiti 1973, Star Wars IV 1977), Set Designer Leon Smith and Cinematographer Vilis Lapenieks

More Soviet footage appears in other American International movies, Voyage to the Prehistoric Planet and Voyage to the Planet of Prehistoric Women.

(uncredited The Little Shop of Horrors 1960, Lapenieks worked on Harrington’s other dreamy fantasy/horror masterpiece Night Tide 1961, the underrated The Hideous Sun Demon 1958, Voyage to the Prehistoric Planet 1965, Deathwatch 1966, The Hellstrom Chronicles 1971, That Certain Summer 1972 tv movie, M*A*S*H 1972 tv series, Kojak 1974 tv series) With costume design by T. Glinkova.

Queen of Blood (1966) stars Dennis Hopper (working once again with Curtis Harrington having done Night Tide 1961).

The plot centers around 3 astronauts on the rescue mission–John Saxon as Allan Brenner, Dennis Hopper as Paul Grant, and Judi Meredith as Laura James. Included are Basil Rathbone as Dr. Farraday who heads an international space agency that receives the distress message from Mars, and a cameo by film historian, collector, and founder of Famous Monsters of Filmland- Forrest J. Ackerman as Farraday’s assistant.

Queen Of Blood, aka Planet Of Blood, USA 1966, Directed: Curtis Harrington, Starring: John Saxon, Basil Rathbone: Image Age Photostock

The year is 1900 and Earth has made contact with an Alien radio transmission. Saxon, Hopper, and Meredith stumble onto a crashed spaceship on Mars that is inhabited by a mysterious sole survivor Velena (Florence Marly) who glows the most trippy verdant alien green, and her hair, well– it is a marvelous killer bee bouffant.

Do you remember this green gal from Lost In Space? She fell in love with Dr. Smith, but I’m pretty sure she didn’t lay jiggly red eggs and suck people’s blood!

They quickly discover that the hemophiliac Alien Queen as she is credited, crazes, no NEEDS blood to sustain herself, like a space vampire. Once upon the crew’s space ship, sets out to kill each of the members. Hopper begins to feel attracted to the Alien Queen who has a strange and sexually deviant mesmerizing lure, eventually, he realizes what she really is, “She’s a monster… We ought to destroy her right now!”

In the end, Meredith is the one who manages to destroy her but cutting her and she winds up bleeding to death. Things of it is, she leaves behind a vampiric aerie of her eggs. which Dr. Farraday decides like all inquiring scientific minds do putting the rest of us at risk, to take the Alien Queen’s spawn back to Earth to study. What he doesn’t realize is that she has already hidden hundreds of her eggs on board the ship. And though Allan keeps saying “We have to destroy them!” Rathbone is insistent on keeping those creepy pulsating red aspic eggs for research! Damn scientists!

Though the story may sound simplistic, Harrington brings his brand of atmospherics to each scene, injecting a sort of queer distorting sense of reality, and as Marly begins her blood feasting, the menace and the fantastical color palate permeates each frame like a nightmare set in space.

From Curtis Harrington’s book Nice Guys Don’t Work in Hollywood. He talks about the Soviet film Mechte Navstrechu in which he took footage by acquiring the American rights to the property, to work from in Queen of Blood. The Soviet version is about “the world’s natural fears of the nature of aliens…)… discovering at the end that the alien wants to be friends.”Harrington wanted to do the complete opposite of that with his film.

“I devised a tale in which the queen of the aliens–brought back to earth by a group of American astronauts –is a vampiric creature who seeks a new food source for her dying planet. The food source, as it turns out, is the human race. Some years later, it was very flattering to realize that I had created the prototype for a whole series of science-fiction movies dealing with monstrous creatures from outer space, beginning with Ridley Scott’s Alien.”

IMDb trivia –

The film was released in the United States in March 1966. Even before the release, its quality was sufficient for Universal to hire Harrington and producer George Edwards to make the feature film Games.

Director Curtis Harrington felt that Ridley Scott’s Alien (1979) must have received some inspiration from his feature, saying “Ridley’s film is like a greatly enhanced, expensive and elaborate version of Queen of Blood”.

This was an ultra low budget production. The elaborate special effects were taken (uncredited) from two big budget Soviet productions, Mechte navstrechu (1963), and The Sky Calls (1959). The film is based on the screenplay for the earlier Soviet feature film Mechte Navstrechu (A Dream Come True).

John Saxon later claimed that Gene Corman had more to do with Queen of Blood than Roger. Saxon estimated that his scenes were shot in seven to eight days and that Dennis Hopper “was trying very hard to keep a straight face throughout” during the making of the film.

Czech actress Florence Marly was a personal friend of director Harrington. He later said that he had to fight with Roger Corman in order to hire her “because she was an older woman. Harrington would say, “I’m sure he had some bimbo in mind, you know? So I fought for Marly because I felt she had the required exotic quality that would work in the role.”Harrington also said Dennis Hopper “was like a part of my little team by then,” so he agreed to also appear.

Harrington had made his name with the feature Night Tide, which impressed Roger Corman enough to offer the director a film project. “Of course, I would like to do a more individual film than Queen of Blood”, said Harrington at the time, “but I can’t get the financing. However, the film is entertaining, and I feel I was able to say something within the context of the genre.”

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A trailer a day keeps the Boogeyman away! Queen for a day!


Writer/Director Curtis Harrington’s (Night Tide 1961, Games 1967 What’s The Matter With Helen 1971) space fantasy about a female alien specie emblazoned with a silver 60s bee hive hairstyle and a proclivity for drinking blood and laying eggs, takes over the crew of a rescue ship sent to Mars. Starring the swarthy John Saxon, as astronaut Allan Brenner Basil Rathbone as Dr. Farraday Judi Meredith as Laura James Dennis Hopper, Paul Grant, Florence Marley as Alien Blood Queen, and a cameo spot for Forrest J Ackerman as Dr. Farraday’s aid.

“A deathless witch who devours men…turns the milky way into a galaxy of GORE!!!!!!!”


A crew of daring space explorers landing on Venus…are captured by long-limbed beauties! They take them to their leader…the queen of outer space.

They are the only men on the whole planet. Oh boy! But!!!… Will they ever be able to return to Earth?????

Starring Zsa Zsa Gabor as Talleah, Eric Fleming as Capt. Neal Patterson, Paul Birch as Prof.Konrad, Dave Willock as Lt. Mike Cruze and Lisa Davis as Motiya, Laurie Mitchell as Queen Yilana, and Barbara Darrow as Kaeel. Directed by Edward Bernds and written for the screen by Charles Beaumont from a story by Ben Hecht.

“You’ll see a revolt that brings the planet under the domination of strangely masked females who HATE and FEAR the male animal!!!!!”

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