Nothing much is what it seems like it's going to be at first glance in The Flesh Eaters. In fact, the titular flesh eaters aren't ghouls, zombies, or monsters. They're, like, evil bacteria living in the ocean.
Whoa. The pseudo-science is thick in The Flesh Eaters, as a long-lost Nazi scientist breeds the little creatures on his deserted island. Lucky for him, a pilot, an actress, and her assistant all crash land on his retreat, and before you know it they're turning Soylent Green for the sea. The experiment has gotten away from the scientist, and an uneasy alliance against the creatures is formed. How long will it hold?
Considered one of the first "gore" films, The Flesh Eaters is surprisingly entertaining, despite special effects that couldn't have been very convincing even in 1964, but which deliver on the promise of lots of blood and exposed bone. For a B-movie, the acting is actually all quite good, with Kosleck all but stealing the show.
And under all the gore, isn't there a serious message here somewhere? Staph is no joke, people. It's no joke.
Now on DVD, the film includes a deleted sequence with the doctor flashing back to his days in the concentration camps, as well as outtakes from that sequence. Splatter fans will probably treasure this disc.
Run time: 87 mins
In Theaters: Wednesday 18th March 1964
Production compaines: Vulcan Productions Inc.
Contactmusic.com: 3 / 5
IMDB: 6.0 / 10
Director: Jack Curtis
Screenwriter: Arnold Drake