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THE SOUND OF HORROR - 2 Slimes
Not Rated
Copyright 1964 Zurbano Films
Reviewed by Andrew Borntreger on 21 March 2001

The Characters:  

  • Peter - Makes his living by transporting people into the mountains in his old four wheel drive vehicle, which is a piece of crap. He has dreams though; he hopes to buy a new piece of crap someday. This guy is our hero?
  • Maria - Dark-haired girl with a soft spot for men whose trucks will not start. Why she lives in Greece instead of West Virginia is beyond me.
  • Asilov - The born leader kind of guy, mainly on account of being bigger than everyone else.
  • Sofia - Blonde woman that is Asilov's companion, she is fairly distracting when provided with a radio.
  • Andre - Maria's uncle who started this whole mess by searching for lost treasure. Spared a painful death by lacerations when the explosives bury him under several tons of rock.
  • Dorman - Chubby man with a goatee, unfortunately he is one of those people who probably shouldn't wear facial hair. Spends most of the movie with an injured leg. Roasts himself and the monster alive.
  • Calliope - I think she was just Andre's housekeeper, but he might have had some feelings for her. It is so hard to read a man's face when he is staring at a mangled corpse. Sliced to death by an unseen terror.
  • Stravos - Responsible man, since he keeps pointing out the scientific value of their finds. I have this terrible feeling that he meant to sell the mummified Neanderthal to the highest bidder, but a close encounter with invisible death prevents his entrepreneur spirit from coming out.
  • The Sound of Horror - An invisible dinosaur! Hehehehehehe!

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The Plot: 

When the opening credits started rolling I was very afraid that the title referred to the movie's score and not some hidden meaning. We are treated to several older men, excuse me, out of shape older men running down a hill as what sounds like music from Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker" (the Arabian dance) fills the ears. All of you true masochists can stop scrambling for a copy of this film, this soon ends.

Fat old men running down hills while vaguely sensual music plays. Egad. If Satan ever wrote a movie plot... ...of course it would be the "extended director's cut" of fat old men running down hills while vaguely sensual music plays, but I'm getting sidetracked. Don't even think of it by the way, I'll sick Thor! on your butt so fast that your head will spin.

A small group of treasure hunters is excavating some cave in the mountains of Greece, where a rich treasure in stolen artwork is said to be hidden. Evidently they learned of it during World War II and have been searching ever since, even coming into conflict with the murderous thieves who originally stole the booty. You're going to love the scenes where they use explosives. The characters light the fuse and walk about twenty feet away, then turn around and watch the blast with no ill effects. Don't try this at home kids, you'll be wearing an eye patch and yelling, "What?" for the rest of your life.

Inadvertently they free this movie's major draw card, a vicious invisible dinosaur that quickly grows to be about the size of a grown man! Who needs a budget when you've got creativity? Forget paying for professional actors either, half of your movie is going to be the dinosaur. Hehehe!

Numerous scenes are carried by the monster. Watch in amazement as the camera slowly pans across the cave, following the phantom creature's every movement! Okay, you're going to spend a lot of time looking at empty space while the thing screeches and breathes heavy. It's really entertaining in a clinical sort of way, like seeing someone with elephantiasis of the testicles. When the dinosaur attacks it is just as impressive, the stumbling actor thrashes around before a being cruelly sliced open by a quick edit. Fairly gory in that respect, with jagged rents appearing on the victim's face and body.

The protagonists find safety at the house, of course the stupid monster helps. It ignores the opportunity to tear through multiple flimsy shutters and instead batters away at the solid oak door. Just an excuse to have everyone bracing the door as some big member of the film crew puts his shoulder into it, plus it proves the humans are more intelligent than the dinosaur.

Let me point something out: these idiots are looking for a cache worth millions of dollars that many people have already died trying to possess and not one of them has a firearm! Genius!

In an effort to kill the beast they coat a large area of ground with flour, then stand by with axes at the ready. It's a good thing that Calliope kept enough flour on hand to cover an area three meters by ten meters with an inch of the white powder. Smart people (like ones acting in a film with something resembling a budget) would have made packets of flour to throw at the monster, thus revealing it to the eye. Since that is not going to happen they just chuck their weapons at it and run inside once more.

Everyone left alive piles into the POS SUV and they make for civilization, but their adversary was cunning enough to climb on top the vehicle. What it isn't cunning enough to do is leap off when Dorman sets the truck on fire.

Is it bad? Oh yes. Is it slow? Slugs look faster in comparison at times. Is it amusing? Very, we are talking about an invisible dinosaur. Hehehehe! The premise alone gives me the giggles, not to mention a few endearing scenes. One that jumps to mind is when they are getting into the truck. Nobody grabs a weapon or even some medical supplies for Dorman, but Sofia is conspicuously carrying the never empty bottle of scotch.

Things I Learned From This Movie: 

  • When using dynamite in a cave you do not need to take cover or use hearing protection.
  • Greeks aren't known for their dancing for a reason.
  • Neanderthal warriors participated in the siege of Troy.
  • In a nationwide taste test, scotch beat aspirin ten out of tent times.
  • Most of the nightgowns that your grandmother wears come from Greece.
  • Fathers instinctively know when someone is kissing their daughter.
  • Eggshells are extremely flammable.
  • Do not procrastinate when invisible dinosaurs are running around, especially little things - like shutting the freaking door! Idiot!
  • It is hard to tell when a two hundred pound invisible dinosaur is sitting on top of your ragtop SUV.

Stuff To Watch For: 

  • Opening Credits - Jose Martinez? That's like being named "Tom Smith" over here.
  • 7 mins - You're washing your face in a bedpan!
  • 23 mins - They just met and this girl is already talking about her dowry. Tick, tock, tick, tock.
  • 40 mins - The treasure is priceless works of art and you're going to dynamite the seal open?
  • 48 mins - How in the heck did nuclear war come up in this conversation?
  • 57 mins - Looks like coffee is out of the question.
  • 65 mins - Nobody shining a spotlight on that body from above, no sir.
  • 70 mins - EVIDENCE OF RANDOM ACTS OF VIOLENCE AGAINST A KITCHEN!

 Audio clips in wav formatSOUNDSStarving actors speak out 

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Green Music Note soundhorror1.wav Maria: "Out of the kitchen, now. In here you're the amateur."
Stravos: "Well, I certainly hope that you're not trying serve us petrified eggs."
Green Music Note soundhorror2.wav The sound an invisible dinosaur makes.
Green Music Note soundhorror3.wav Maria: "And just how was he killed? This something, do you know what it was, uncle Andre?"
Andre: "Maybe a heart attack."
Dorman: "Oh and did he slash himself when he was dying?"
Green Music Note soundhorror4.wav Asilov: "The sooner we leave the better."
Dorman: "If our invisible friend out there permits it."

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The characters coat the ground with flour and chuck their hatchets where the tracks show up. Ignore the fact that these two are champion hatchet chuckers, check out the smooth ride on that dinosaur! You can also ignore the lack of blood, though one weapon will be found lying on the porch coated in it after the creature leaves.

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Comments:Write CommentPages: [1] 2
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Reply #1. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Steve Bentley
For me, this is THE reason to visit this site!  An obscure, in fact unheard-of, movie with a premise so bizarre and lame, I simply must find it!  As for other b&w dino-movies, a personal favorite is definitely The Terror of Hollow Mountain.  I haven't seen it in many years, but I remember it was laughable to me when I was ten!
The Sound of Horror
Reply #2. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:03 PM by Chadzilla
In the early eighties there was a paperback original horror novel published entitled The Kill.  It was written by Alan Ryan and was revolved around an invisible caveman terrorizing some summer people in upstate New York.  Somehow the evil super spirit of this caveman got entombed in some rock that a farmer breaks open.  It seemed like a pretty silly concept, now I know where he may have gotten it.

Needless to say this movie is a must see for me.
The Sound of Horror
Reply #3. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by
Of course there's no blood from an invisible dinosaur!  Why?  Because an invisible dinosaur would have invisible blood, naturally!
The Sound of Horror
Reply #4. Posted on March 03, 2005, 12:30:15 AM by David McRobie
i like it, and am glad Alpha put it out on DVD.
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Reply #5. Posted on January 23, 2005, 03:02:33 PM by Mark Radburn
This film will scare the pants right off you only watch this movie if you have a strong stomach. This movie is very well done and the invisible dinosaur was outstanding how did they do that in my opinon The Sound Of Horror is one of the best movies ever an instant classic that will scare you to death! enjoy this fun film.
The Sound of Horror
Reply #6. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Chantelle
I must comment that I bought this movie before I found this site. Found in the dollarbin at Musicworld, the DVD also contained 3 other horrors by the names of 'Attack of the Giant Leeches", "She-Demon" and "Bride of the Gorilla."

I think you unfairly categorized this movie as 'bad' -- it totally has potential.
Re: The Sound of Horror
Reply #7. Posted on January 04, 2008, 08:52:07 AM by Lint Hatcher
This is a darned good fright film. Many surprises along the way, interesting characters, natural dialogue, believable heroism, plus Soledad Miranda and Ingrid Pitt, for crying out loud! Compare this film's handling of the premise to how it would have been handled on the average Star Trek episode. In the latter, someone would react in horror to something off screen, then would be discovered contorted and dead by the survivors. In The Sound of Horror, the sound of the creature's approach is otherworldly and terrifying, and the attacks that follow are sustained, on-screen, and brutal! Much more gore than I would have expected. The film even heads into board-up-the-windows "survival horror" and pushes the envelope there, as well. My recommendation: pick up the Alpha dvd, the print of which is in acceptable shape, do your best to forget the above review, and then sit back and enjoy an overlooked gem.
Re: The Sound of Horror
Reply #8. Posted on January 04, 2008, 12:10:00 PM by Flangepart
Intresting film? Yes.
Unriffable? I say thee nay.
The shots of the others standing around while someone is attacked...
" Look, the monster's attacking Marge...so, Lunch?"
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