The year is 1990. An alien species makes contact with Earth through radio transmission, notifying of an imminent visit. An alien ship crash lands on Mars, and a rescue team is sent from ... See full summary
Queen of Blood (1966) Online
The year is 1990. An alien species makes contact with Earth through radio transmission, notifying of an imminent visit. An alien ship crash lands on Mars, and a rescue team is sent from Earth. Eventually a surviving female is located and brought on-board the Earth ship. The alien's skin is light green with an amazing hair-do. After some unsuccessful attempts by the human crew to feed her, she is more-or-less left to herself. While most of the crew sleeps, the alien hypnotizes the astronaut on guard. When the crew awakens, she's sleeping, and the guard is DEAD! Brief examination shows the Alien drank his blood. THE QUEEN OF BLOOD! Naturally, there is a lot of blood plasma on the ship, which they feed the alien. When they're almost home, another crew member is eaten, a fight breaks out, and the alien is accidentally killed before she can finish the third guy. Phew! The ship lands on Earth, finally! But there is trouble... The two remaining astronauts find a lot of eggs when they are ...
|Complete credited cast:|
|John Saxon||-||Allan Brenner|
|Basil Rathbone||-||Dr. Farraday|
|Judi Meredith||-||Laura James|
|Dennis Hopper||-||Paul Grant|
|Florence Marly||-||Alien Queen|
|Robert Boon||-||Anders Brockman|
|Don Eitner||-||Tony Barrata|
|Forrest J. Ackerman||-||Farraday's aide (as Forrest Ackerman)|
|Rest of cast listed alphabetically:|
|T. Pochepa||-||Woman on alien planet (archive footage)|
This was an ultra low budget production. The elaborate special effects were taken (uncredited) from two big budget Soviet productions, Begegnung im All (1963), and Der Himmel ruft (1959).
Basil Rathbone was paid $1,500 to act for a day and a half on Queen of Blood, and $1,500 for half a day on Voyage to the Prehistoric Planet (1965), another film that incorporated Russian film footage. Rathbone ended up working overtime and missed a meal. The Screen Actors Guild demanded overtime pay, plus a fine for the meal violation, but producer George Edwards produced footage that showed the delay was because Rathbone had not memorized all his lines and insisted on skipping lunch.
Released on a double-bill by AIP with Blood Bath (1966).
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."
Queen of Blood was made using special effects from the Soviet film A Dream Come True, but director Harrington estimated that 90% of the film was his.
Although similar sounding, none of Louis and Bebe Baron's "tonalities" from Forbidden Planet are mixed into the soundtrack of this film.
The film takes place in 1990.
According to one account, the budget for this and Voyage to the Prehistoric Planet came to $33,052. Another said the film cost $65,000.
Alien queen actor Florence Marly made a 16 mm sequel to Queen of Blood titled Space Boy! Night, Neal and Ness in 1973.
A novelization of the film, written by Charles Nuetzel, was published by Greenleaf Classics. The cover illustration featured a nude Florence Marly as the alien queen, though there was no nudity in the film. The cover of the digital edition substitutes a still from the movie.
The film is based on the screenplay for the earlier Soviet feature film Mechte Navstrechu (A Dream Come True).
According to John Saxon, Basil Rathbone was a very, very distinguished gentleman. But when he did a scene, he got annoyed because they didn't get the sound right on his first take, so they asked him to come back. He got very upset at the director.
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.
On December 1, 2003, Queen of Blood was featured at the Sitges Film Festival, Spain.
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".