Blu-Ray News #141: Twilight People (1972).

Directed by Eddie Romero
Starring John Ashley, Pat Woodell, Jan Merlin, Pam Grier

VCI has announced a Blu-Ray release of Twilight People (1972) for later this year.  Eddie Romero directed this Filipino-American take on H.G. Wells’ The Island Of Dr. Moreau — with a little of Romero’s previous Terror Is A Man (1959) thrown in for good measure.

Star John Ashley was one of the producers. He and Eddie Romero became quite successful with their cheap horror movies, stuff like Brides Of Blood (1968), Beast Of Blood (1970) and The Woman Hunt (1972, yet another version of The Most Dangerous Game). Their films were often done for Roger Corman’s New World Pictures, with budgets of around $125,000.

In Lumberton, NC, Gone With The Wind got bumped by Twilight People!

John Ashley had a fascinating career, going from AIP to TV shows like The Beverly Hillbillies to the wonderfully awful AIP TV movie The Eye Creatures (1965) to these Filipino movies to consulting on Apocalypse Now (1979, shot in the Philippines) to producing The A-Team and Walker, Texas Ranger. Wish he’d written his memoirs before passing away in 1997.

VCI put Twilight People out on VHS back in the day, and their eventual DVD was pretty good. I’m really looking forward to seeing this crazy movie again.

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Filed under 1972, AIP, DVD/Blu-ray News, Eddie Romero, John Ashley, New World, Pam Grier, Roger Corman, VCI

2 responses to “Blu-Ray News #141: Twilight People (1972).

  1. john k

    It would be great if someone could interview Jan Merlin,now in his
    90’s. Apart from his Westerns he had some great credits-from William,
    Witney to Woody Allen.
    I also understand between acting gigs he worked as a security official
    at airports and if I’m not mistaken he also had a pilot’s licence.
    Good to see the H8 go somewhat down market after a brief high-brow
    detour…variety is the spice……..

    Like

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