Monster of the Day #570

Yes, that certain seems like an efficient body design.

  • The Rev.

    Hmmmm….either this is The Beast Within, or I have not seen this one at all.
    I’m leaning toward the latter, since I don’t remember the beastie looking quite like that. Of course, I only saw it once a couple of years ago; also, I can’t think of any other were-bug movies offhand.

  • Go Xtro!

  • Flangepart

    Ya know, you don’t see many werebugs. Must be a problem going from endo to exo skeleton.

  • Ken_Begg

    Mansquito…Curse of the Black Widow….Mant!…Earth vs. the Spider…

    Some, but not a ton. And Mant! is a bit of a cheat, of course.

  • Gamera977

    I always think of the ST:TNG episode where Dwight Schultz turns into a giant spider.

    And I guess there’s always ‘Wasp Woman’ and ‘The Fly’.

  • MrTongoRad

    I seem to recall something like that being tangentially related to the plot in Horror of Spider Island, too.

  • The Rev.

    Is that what this is? I’ve not seen that, although bizarrely I have seen the 2nd one.

  • Ken_Begg

    Good grief, The Fly. Duh.

  • Ken_Begg

    Yeah, he turned into a guy with spider fangs a little fur, much like the chick in Mesa of Lost Women (sort of), but not a full transformation.

  • Naw, it’s absolutely Xtro. The were-cicada in The Beast Within was a husky fellow and his limbs all bent in the correct direction.

  • Rather, his head swiveled in the correct direction.

  • bgbear_rogerh

    The Zantis look like little werebugs.

  • XTRO, one of my all time faves. Also happy to be a friend of actor Tim Dry on FB. Very fond of the original ending that gave the film a totally different meaning.

  • Gamera977

    Ok, well both the Vincent Price ‘Fly’ and ‘The Wasp Woman’ were just a guy and gal in a crazy mask and pair of fuzzy oven mitts.

  • THE BEAST WITHIN was a pretty good movie for what it was. XTRO, on the other hand…… (cult status aside)

  • Okay, since we have fans of XTRO here, can someone clear something up for my Brother and I? I recall XTRO mostly as the first film in which I saw a full frontal nude scene (happily one featuring the delectable Miriam D’Abo -or which ever one was in XTRO, the gal from THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS- as the French girl stood and walked across the room). That was the old VHS which we rented many years ago. My Brother buys the double feature DVD not long ago. The scene is there, but both of us remember it differently. When she stands now, the camera seems to move in and we’re (mostly) limited to a breast shot with a little naval action. Now, has this been altered? Or, is my memory off? Considering I’d never seen a fully naked woman before that, I find it hard to believe that I would have gotten all the details right in my 12 or 13 year old brain. What gives? Anybody?

    Also, whatever mood the film might have produced was purely by accident. In an interview, the director or producer or whoever admits the entire crew was stoned out of their minds the whole time they were filming. Doesn’t exactly inspire me to give the film much more evaluation than “images on film.”

    I do find the film note worthy for casting famous mime artists Tik and Tok. One of them plays the beastie pictured above, the other one the GI Joe doll that comes to life to bayonet and old woman. How charming.

  • technically, the were-cicada’s limbs didn’t bend in the right direction for a cicada.

  • Where’d my comments go? I really wanted to know if there were two cuts of XTRO.

  • I was wondering that myself. I saw them on the Recent Comments section, but every time I clicked on them I got nothing.

  • Ken_Begg

    Hmm. I know the system is weirdly sensitive. Do you guys always sign in the same way? I’d say the safest thing would be to sign in before you start posting comments.

  • I try. I have been signed in all week with my Facebook account, and I never signed out for any reason. I really don’t want to type all that again, but here are the highlights:

    I thought for sure when I saw the film on VHS many years ago that D’Abo had a more prominent full-frontal nude scene (this stuck with me because it was the first time I’d seen a fully naked female), yet the disk that my Brother bought is slightly different than I recall. The camera seems to zoom in on her as she stands up. Anyone?

    The crew was higher than a kite while filming.

    I thought the film noteworthy for hiring noted mime artists Tik and Tok. One of them played the creature pictured above, the other the GI Joe that comes to life.