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The Beast in the Cellar (1970)

R | | Horror, Thriller | August 1970 (UK)
Two spinsters have kept their mad brother locked up in their cellar for 30 years. Then he escapes ...

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(original screenplay) (as James Kelly)
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Ellie Ballantyne
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Joyce Ballantyne
John Hamill ...
Alan Marlow
Tessa Wyatt ...
Nurse Sutherland
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Det. Chief Sup. Paddick
John Kelland ...
Sgt. Young
David Dodimead ...
Dr. Spencer
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Newsmith
Dafydd Havard ...
Stephen Ballantyne
Gail Lidstone ...
Young Ellie
Elizabeth Choice ...
Young Joyce (as Elisabeth Choice)
Merlyn Ward ...
Young Stephen (as Merlin Ward)
Anthony Heaton ...
Anderson
Chris Chittell ...
Baker (as Christopher Chittell)
Peter Craze ...
Roy
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Two spinsters have kept their mad brother locked up in their cellar for 30 years. Then he escapes ...

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Are You Dying, Young Man?  »

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Flora Robson and Beryl Reid were annoyed at the heavy cuts made in post which they thought damaged the film. See more »

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Although the flashback is set around World War One, the people at the Fun Fair are wearing '70s clothing. See more »

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Referenced in Inside the Tower (2015) See more »

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She Works in a Woman's Way
Written by Tony Macaulay & Barry Mason
Sung by Tony Burrows with the Edison Lighthouse
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He can see in the dark.
14 September 2012 | by (Chyby, Poland) – See all my reviews

Two spinsters Joyce and Ellie live together in the family home they grew up in,but hide a dark and sinister secret.They keep their demented brother Steven locked in the cellar.But Steven manages to escape and starts killing soldiers.And he can see in the dark."Beast in the Cellar" is a pretty creepy horror movie produced by Tigon.The score by Tony Macaulay is marvelous and there are some moments of genuine suspense.The film is well-acted and directed.Beryl Reid and Flora Robson shine in their chilling performances of two elderly sisters Joyce and Ellie.The climax is a bit predictable and the editing is rather bad in places plus it's quite difficult to see what is happening.Still solid British shocker.8 beasts out of 10.


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