Betamax TV has some very interesting things to watch, and one of them is "The Dungeon Of Dr. Dreck".
For years I have only had a watchable bootleg DVD of this film, and because it's so damned rare I will not part with it until this movie is finally releasd on digital media. It has never been on VHS, DVD or Blu-ray. Why? I wouldn't know.
However, I caught a pretty good looking print of it on Dr. Dreck of few days ago. Arthur Franz is Dave Hollister, an explorer hired by a beautifulk woman named Carol Dahlman (Kathleen Crowley) to find her husband who has been missing for 6 months in the Mexican jungle.'
He was in charge of a satellite that was shot into space and crashed somewhere in the jungle. Dave and his brother Matt (Robert Brown) take Carol's offer and proceed with her into the jungle. The closer they get the more strange things start to happen.
They find natives fleeing the scene as well as some bodies burned to a crisp. What they finally discover is the satellite in a cave along with Carol's huband trapped and completely covered by a blob-like monster that is increasing in size every 2 hours.
Now they must find a way to destroy it before it grows and takes over the entire Earth. When we first see the monster wrapped around both satellite and the man it is kind of shocking. It's very well done.
The movie does plod along in spots, but it's still damn good 50's sci-fi fun. The cast is top notch in this one of three films from the team of Jules and Arthur Gardener and Paul Landres. The others are "Return Of Dracula" and "Monster That Challenged The World". All three are writeen by a woman named Pat Fielder.
Man it was nice to see this again and it looks very good next to my bootleg. I hope to hell this comes out on Blu-ray sometime, but until then you can watch it on Betamax TV. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!