Iíve been a horror fan for many years. During those years I had heard good things about this movie, but until recently hadnít had a chance to see it. The movie tells the story of an actress, her assistant, and the charter pilot that they hire to fly them from New York City to Provincetown. Along the way the way they have engine problems that force them to make an emergency landing on an isolated island. There they meet up with a scientist who is doing research and appears from the ocean in a diving suit. The next day the group is confronted by strange glowing blob like creatures in the water. It seems that these creatures really enjoy eating flesh. The fish skeletons and a single human skeleton that washes up on shore prove the evidence for this. One more character is added to the group before the action really kicks in. He is a strange little beatnik that shows up on a raft and narrowly avoids becoming lunch. Now the action can really start. It seems that the scientist isnít being entirely truthful about his presence on the island and knows more about the Flesh Eaters than he should. He finally reveals that the Flesh Eaters are the result of Nazi experimentation from WW II and he has been tracking them up the East Coast of the United States. Why is he tracking them? Does everyone manage to escape the island? Is the Earth doomed? You will just have to watch the movie to find out!
The Flesh Eaters is a pretty good movie. The gore will appear to be very cheesy to a modern day audience, but compared to other films from the early 1960s it is very effective. At least until the end with the mutated giant creature that is spawned when they electrocute the Flesh Eaters. I was rather fond of how they kill off the beatnik. The reveal has to be one of my favorite scenes in any movie from the 50s or 60s. The movie does have some slow points, but overall is fairly well paced. If you enjoy old school B-movie monster goodness then give this one a shot.
Rating - ***
-John "El Juan" Shatzer