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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 ...


(as James Kelly)


(original screenplay) (as James Kelly)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ellie Ballantyne
Joyce Ballantyne
Alan Marlow
Tessa Wyatt ...
Nurse Sutherland
Det. Chief Sup. Paddick
John Kelland ...
Sgt. Young
David Dodimead ...
Dr. Spencer
Dafydd Havard ...
Stephen Ballantyne
Gail Lidstone ...
Young Ellie
Elizabeth Choice ...
Young Joyce (as Elisabeth Choice)
Merlyn Ward ...
Young Stephen (as Merlin Ward)
Anthony Heaton ...
Chris Chittell ...
Baker (as Christopher Chittell)
Peter Craze ...


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!


Horror | Thriller


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Release Date:

August 1970 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Are You Dying, Young Man?  »

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Did You Know?


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


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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I'm trying to get a copy of "The Beast in The Cellar" aka "The Cellar" (UK) 1971
6 August 2003 | by (Sydney Australia) – See all my reviews

This film has haunted me for 30 years. I'm trying to buy a PAL format VHS or UK or USA DVD copy. This film is excellent. Flora Robson is disturbingly controlling and the ending, if you haven't been told of it, is sad & very moving. And my home is 90 years old- with a cellar.

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