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The Beast in the Cellar (1970)

R  |   |  Horror  |  August 1970 (UK)
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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Beryl Reid ...
Ellie Ballantyne
Flora Robson ...
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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A chill-filled festival of horror!

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Horror

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August 1970 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Are You Dying, Young Man?  »

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Trivia

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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References Arsenic and Old Lace (1944) 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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Not terrible but still lacking....
16 October 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I remember viewing this movie when I was a kid. I recall it terrified me immensely and it stayed with me all these years. I spent a couple of years trying to find it online...didn't remember the title, only the storyline. After searching and searching, I came across a VHS that was being sold on E-Bay. I was excited and when it finally arrived, I jammed it into the VCR and couldn't help but feel a bit nostalgic. Needless to say, I was slightly disappointed. This wasn't the movie I remember watching as a kid. It was boring at times and I found Beryl Reid's incessant whinning extremely annoying. Both performances by Reid and Flora Robson were good overall but the movie wasn't scary. I think any movie is worth viewing to form you're own opinion but sometimes, well......


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