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The Beast Must Die (1974)

 -  Horror | Mystery  -  April 1974 (USA)
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Eight people are shrouded with the mystery behind the werewolf, and only one of them is! It's up to the viewer to find out!

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Complete credited cast:
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Tom Newcliffe
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Dr. Christopher Lundgren
Marlene Clark ...
Caroline Newcliffe
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Arthur Bennington
Anton Diffring ...
Pavel
Ciaran Madden ...
Davina Gilmore
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Paul Foote
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Jan Jarmokowski
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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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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April 1974 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Black Werewolf  »

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Peter Cushing gave Marlene Clark a nosegay bouquet of flowers on her first day on the set. 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

Pavel: All this expense. Why? Protection? Against whom?
Tom Newcliffe: I have many enemies. What big man doesn't? In this world, you're either the hunted, or the hunter.
Pavel: And... You... Are the hunter?
Tom Newcliffe: Always.
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Featured in Wolfman Chronicles (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Moonlight Sonata
(uncredited)
Music by Ludwig van Beethoven
Arranged by Douglas Gamley
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Entertaining, Enjoyable Schlock!
22 November 1999 | by (NC) – See all my reviews

A millionaire brings an assortment of characters to his heavily secured home and plenty of acreage around it. He then tells each that they were brought for a reason...that one of them is a werewolf. The rest of the story goes through the paces of finding out who the beast is and what must be done with it. I did not have the version with the game on it...my copy was called Black Werewolf(a poor job in renaming the film and it added awful title cards as well). This is the 70s film all around. The outfits, the hairstyles, and that awful-yet-appropriate soundtrack are all signs of the times. The movie is cheesy and yet fun to watch. Calvin Lockhart, as the lead, is like George Jefferson on steroids. The supporting cast is filled with stalwarts from the British stage and screen, amongst them Charles Gray, Anton Diffring, and the ever-affable Peter Cushing as the dispenser of knowledge dealing with lycanthropy. A pleasant diversion to watch!


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