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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)  »

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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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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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Doesn't make the least bit of sense, but still….
14 May 2004 | by (the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls) – See all my reviews

The `plot' of this film contains a few holes you could drive a massive truck through, but I reckon that isn't always top priority in horror. Two elderly sisters in rural England keep their brother in the cellar since more than 30 years. Now, he escaped and started a killing spree, focusing on militaries that are homed nearby. `We only did we thought was best for him' they keep on repeating and – strangely – all the army officers love these women and don't doubt their sincerity, even though 5 of their men died. I don't know whether to find the revelation near the end suspenseful … or tedious! In a way, this film reminded me about `Arsenic and Old Lace'. In that black-comedy classic, two half-insane siblings mother their goofy younger brother as well, yet they do the killing there. The old ladies in `The Beast in the Cellar' are by no means less crazy, though. The `horror' in this early 70's film is very amateurish and cheap, but there are a few neat attempts to build up the tension. Too many `old-ladies' talk about the good ol' days, though and that rarely is something you seek in a horror film with such an appealing title. Flora Robson, who may be recognized by classic film buffs, plays one of the sisters. She gave image to the Queen of England is the legendary Errol Flynn swashbuckler film, the Sea Hawk.


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