USA/Philippines 1971 (Four Associates Ltd/
aka The Beast
Director/Writer Eddie Romero Producers John Ashley, Eddie Romero Executive ProducersMusic Nestor Robles Cinematography Justo Paulino Editor Ben Barcelon Beverly Miller, David J. Cohen, [uncredited] Roger Corman
Beverly Miller, David J. Cohen, [uncredited] Roger Corman
Cast John Ashley (Joseph Langdon), Mary Wilcox (Julia), Leopoldo Salcedo (Inspector Santos), Eddie Garcia (Det. Lt. Campo), Ken Metcalfe (Earl Rogers), Vic Diaz (Satan), Andres Centenera (Blind Man), Ruben Rustia, Don Lipman, José García, James Spencer, Carpi Asturias, Jose Roy Jr, Criselda, Joonee Gamboa, Peter Magurean, Nora Nunez, Johnny Long
Eddie Romero's The Beast Of The Yellow Night is a werewolf film from the
John Ashley, a fresh-faced B-star of the Fifties likened to a delinquent Texan version of Elvis, spent close to ten years of his career’s downhill slope in the
Being ageless Evil itself, Langdon/Rogers can peer ino the blackest of hearts and smell the most impure of intentions, even in his “wife” who falls in love with the damaged moral paradox that no longer resembles her “husband”. His condemned soul must also go, for a reason never made clear, through a physical transformation into a wild beast, and here’s where the threadbare production values catch up with the film’s ambitious intentions. Ashley’s new look is laughable in a film without cheap laughs, and with his grey plaster features, old man’s eyebrows and black bouffant bouncing on his cowboy shirt, he resembles country singer Merle Haggard, only… well, more haggard.
The animalistic Langdon goes on the prowl through the back alleys of
Some viewers find Eddie Romero’s Filipino horrors slow, preposterous or just plain old and clunky. I personally love his directorial style, which can only be described as classically lowbrow yet enjoyably pretentious. Romero’s literate dialogue has Ashley engage in endless philosophical debates about the nature of evil with the chubby countenance of Satan, played by Vic Diaz, at his greasy best shrouded in sulphur-yellow mist, who uses Langdon as his pawn to awaken the latent evil in others.
Following their hugely successful
As for Eddie Romero – at 83 he’s alive and well and is still making films. I met him in late 2006 at a Cinemanila festival screening of his digital romantic comedy Faces Of Love. Is aid to him, “I’m so pleased to shake the hand of the man who made Mad Doctor Of Blood Island.” He looked at me, smiled and said, “Ah! You’re just like Quentin!” And with that, I will never mention the name Taratino again as we present the Filipino werewolf classic from 1971, The Beast Of The Yellow Night.[Introduction to SCHLOCK TREATMENT originally broadcast 28/09/07]