Does anyone remember this one? A man with a house or maybe hotel near deep natural cavern system (like Carlsbad). A woman shows up (looking for someone that disappeared?), and gets captured (and abused?). The man's wife tells the woman her own story; the man is shown in flashbacks horrifically abusing his wife (mostly psychological abuse, like surprising her with a dead rat on a covered plate). The monster is some kind of primitive human/missing link (?) that the man discovered in the cave. The man has been caring for it and feeding people to it. It's never really shown, just it's glowing eyes. I don't remember the end except that the cave monster is implied to still be alive.

It was a "B" movie from the early 70's, maybe late 60's. Definitely a movie, not TV. It was filmed in color not BW.

  • Based on the description, I'm willing to bet that this film didn't win any Oscars.
    – Valorum
    Commented Nov 14, 2014 at 16:13
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    No, but it scared the crap out of me when I was a kid. It scared me again when I when on a school trip to a cave; there was this horrible slurping noise every now and again. The guide didn't explain until he turned the lights out (and I was about to jump out of my skin) that they had to run a sump-pump because of the recent rains.
    – Joe L.
    Commented Nov 14, 2014 at 16:26
  • A B-Movie / monster movie from the 70's... thats gonna be a tricky one! Do you see the monster at any stage?
    – Daft
    Commented Nov 14, 2014 at 16:31
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    I'm beginning to think I'm somehow combining "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane" with "Trog", both starring Joan Crawford.
    – Joe L.
    Commented Nov 18, 2014 at 17:01
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    I've been trying to find this movie forever. It scared me as a kid. I do remember the woman trying to escape and the man catches her and whips her with a belt. At one point, he has her locked in a room and serves her a dead rat on a tray.
    – Scott
    Commented Jan 25, 2015 at 20:42

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Joe, I have been looking for this movie off and on for the past few years. And thanks to your better description, I have finally found it! Make no mistake, this is the one. And it's pretty bad, too! (haha) YouTube is your friend.

It's Alive! (1969)

  • That's it, alright! I misremembered a lot of things, but I definitely remember the main bad guy.
    – Joe L.
    Commented Jan 26, 2015 at 0:05

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