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The Beast in the Cellar (1970)

 -  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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August 1970 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

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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In the flashback of the family going to the railway station in a pony and trap to meet their father coming home from the First World War, as they get to the station the white lines can be clearly seen in what must be the present day car park. 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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Good Idea Gone Awry
2 November 2000 | by See all my reviews



Rating: 5

Good atmosphere - soundtrack, film technique, creepy "not what they appear to be" characters - marred by muddled screenplay. Poor continuity. Opportunities with characterizations missed. Not an original idea, done better elsewhere. Mistitled - alternate titles describe movie better. "Beast in the Cellar" sounds exactly what it tries not to be: a '50s drive-in throwaway. "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane" Brit spinster wannabe description is apropos.


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