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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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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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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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