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The Beast Must Die (1974)

PG | | Horror, Mystery | April 1974 (USA)
Eight people have been invited to an island estate for the weekend. One of them is a werewolf. Can you guess which one?

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Tom Newcliffe
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Dr. Lundgren
Marlene Clark ...
Caroline Newcliffe
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Bennington
Anton Diffring ...
Pavel
Ciaran Madden ...
Davina
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Paul Foote
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Jan
Sam Mansary ...
Butler (as Sam Mansaray)
Andrew Lodge ...
Pilot
Carl Bohen ...
1st Hunter (as Carl Bohun)
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2nd Hunter
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Storyline

Tom Newcliffe, a rich businessman and expert hunter summons six guests to his huge country estate which he has rigged up with video cameras and a high-tech security system. He tells them and his surprised wife that they are all to stay over a weekend and that all of them will be kept on the estate during that weekend. For each guest, dead bodies have followed in their wake and the way that the dead have been murdered means that one of the guest is a werewolf and Tom has summoned his guests here to discover who it is and to hunt it down... The film has a clip at the beginning asking people in the audience to try to identify the werewolf and near the end there is a 30-second "Werewolf Break" for the audience to think over the evidence... Written by Lee Horton <Leeh@tcp.co.uk>

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One of these eight people will turn into a werewolf. Can you guess who it is when we stop the film for the WEREWOLF BREAK? See it ... solve it ... but don't tell!

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Horror | Mystery

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Black Werewolf  »

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Trivia

conspired for Pavel were Harry Andrews, Michael Gough, Herbert Lom, Patrick Troughton, Peter Arne, Peter Vaughn, Donald Houston , John Carson Patrick Magee, Donald Pleasence and Charles Gray, See more »

Goofs

When the alarm shows that the werewolf has left the estate and is prowling in the woods, Tom has his surveillance expert help him track the beast. He could have taken a few seconds to look in on all the guests via the spy cameras to see which one was missing from their room and so discover the werewolf's identity, but it doesn't seem to occur to him. See more »

Quotes

Tom Newcliffe: He's been looking for a werewolf all his life, haven't you, Doctor?
Dr. Christopher Lundgren: But never have I actually caught one.
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Connections

Featured in Wolfman Chronicles (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Moonlight Sonata
(uncredited)
Music by Ludwig van Beethoven
Arranged by Douglas Gamley
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Great, Escapism At Its Entertaining Best
25 July 2006 | by (Manchester, England) – See all my reviews

I have never understood the generally bad notices harvested by this terrific movie. From the opening titles and groovy seventies music to the closing credits it is a roller-coaster of fine plot and fantastic acting. The limits in the films budget are not obvious and totally irrelevant as the acting is top notch and the suspense relentless. Calvin Lockhart is perfect as the wealthy ranch owner, but the ensemble cast, the inimitable Peter Cushing, Charles Gray, Anton Diffring,and even Tom Chadbon and Michael Gambon chip in nicely, the ladies are appealing too! Made by the Amicus film stable, it is one of my favourites of theirs and I would heartily recommend it to any fan of British horror movies. Enjoy !!


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