Night of the Big Heat (1967)

94m, 2578.61 metres
35mm film, Eastmancolor
mono, English

A British science fiction/horror film directed by Terence Fisher.

Plot Summary

An autumnal heatwave gripping the Scottish island of Fara turns out to be caused by a covert invasion by protoplasmic seeking energy of any kind, primarily heat. Islanders and their animals are burnt to a crisp as they struggle to find a way to stop the invaders before they can escape to the wider world.


* = uncredited

Directed by: Terence Fisher
© MCMLXVII [1967] by Planet Film Productions Ltd.
Planet Film Productions present. Distributed throughout the world by Planet Film Distributors Ltd.
Produced by: Tom Blakeley
Associate Producer: Ronald Liles
Screen Play by: Ronald Liles
Additional Scenes and Dialogue by : Pip and Jane Baker
Based on a Novel by: John Lymington
Assistant Director: Ray Frift
Continuity: Joy Mercer
Photographed in Eastmancolour by: Reginald Wyer
Camera Operator: Frank Drake
Editor: Rod Keys
Processed by: Humphries Laboratories, London, England
Music Composed and Conducted by: Malcolm Lockyer
Sound Recording: Dudley Messenger, E. Karnon
Dubbing Editor: Norman A. Cole
Westrex Recording System
Wardrobe: Kathleen More
Make Up: Geoffrey Rodway
Hairdresser: Stella Rivers
Special Effects: Trading Post Ltd *
Special Effects Supervisor: Martin Gutteridge *
Special Effects Camera Operator: Frank Drake *
Art Director: Alex Vetchinsky
Made at: Pinewood Studios, London, England

Christopher Lee (Godfrey Hanson)
Patrick Allen (Jeff Callum)
Peter Cushing (Dr Vernon Stone)
Jane Merrow (Angela Roberts)
Sarah Lawson (Frankie Callum)
William Lucas (Ken Stanley)
Kenneth Cope (Tinker Mason)
Percy Herbert (Gerald Foster)
Tom Heathcote (Bob Hayward)
Anna Turner (Stella Hayward)
Jack Bligh (Ben Siddle)
Sydney Bromley (old tramp)
Barry Halliday (radar operator)

Alternative Titles

Brennender Tod – German title
Demoni di fuoco – Italian title
Island of the Burning Damned – US title
Island of the Burning Doomed – US TV title
La nuit de la grande chaleur – French title

Remake of
Play of the Week: The Night of the Big Heat (1960)


The Daily Cinema no.9445 (10 November 1967) p.6 – review
Filmfacts vol.15 no.24 (1972) p.660-661 – reviews
Kine Weekly vol.596 no.3098 (25 February 1967) – note (Shooting now)
Kine Weekly no.3136 (18 November 1967) p.19 – review
Monthly Film Bulletin vol.34 no.407 (December 1967) p.190 – credits, synopsis, review
Science Fiction Film and Television vol.2 no.1 (Spring 2009) pp.77-90 – illustrated article (Terence Fisher and British science fiction cinema by Robert Shail)
Video Review April 1983 – review

The Charm of Evil: The Life and Films of Terence Fisher by Wheeler Winston Dixon pp.361-362; 539-541 – notes; credits
Hoffman's Guide to SF, Horror and Fantasy Movies 1991-1991 p.193 – credits, review
by Walt Lee p.224 – credits
Terence Fisher by Peter Hutchings pp.10, 82, 126-133, 134 – notes
Terence Fisher: Horror, Myth and Religion by Paul Leggett p.33 – notes

Other sources
The British National Film Catalogue vol.6 (1968) – credits