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The Beast in the Cellar (1970)

Soldiers in a rural English town are being brutally murdered by an unknown creature. Two sisters living nearby realize they might understand what's happening.


(as James Kelly)


(original screenplay) (as James Kelly)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ellie Ballantyne
Joyce Ballantyne
Alan Marlow
Nurse Sutherland
Det. Chief Sup. Paddick
Sgt. Young
David Dodimead ...
Dr. Spencer
Stephen Ballantyne
Gail Lidstone ...
Young Ellie
Elizabeth Choice ...
Young Joyce (as Elisabeth Choice)
Merlyn Ward ...
Young Stephen (as Merlin Ward)
Anthony Heaton ...
Baker (as Christopher Chittell)
Peter Craze ...


Soldiers in a rural English town are being brutally murdered by an unknown creature. Two sisters living nearby realize they might understand what's happening.

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A chill-filled festival of horror!


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Release Date:

16 April 1971 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Are You Dying, Young Man?  »

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(Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

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1.85 : 1
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Contrived, but interesting horror flick
3 February 2001 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

A soldier walks alone in the ever darkening sunset. Suddenly he is attacked by a creature. You know this because the camera is shaken around, there is disjointed screaming, and the same photo of a bloody slash mark is subliminally flashed. This was obviously to avoid too much editing by the censor, but I immediately thought, "Great, a 1970's crap horror movie. Worth watching" Then the laid back, easy-listening trumpet title tune put the icing on the cake - more cocktail lounge than horror film it is immediately at odds with the theme of the film. After the intro, the usual chapter with the detectives investigating the incident scene. You don't actually see the body, but the contrived commentary by the detectives gives you a good idea of its condition. "Hmmmm, deep lacerations to the face and body made by talons, I'd say." You get the picture. This thorough off the cuff autopsy by the detectives gets them off on the wrong foot by making the assumption that it's a Panther.

Apart perhaps from the two leading actresses and T P McKenna, there is little evidence of any real acting. The soldier that keeps an eye on the two old dears was probably a real soldier - he appeared to be reading from idiot boards such was his woodeness. However, the story does get a bit more involved and at times seems well written, so you shouldn't judge this film by the first amusing half hour.

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