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The Beast Must Die (1974)

PG  |   |  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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Tom Newcliffe
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Dr. Lundgren
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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 ...
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Carl Bohen ...
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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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Black Werewolf  »

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Despite director Paul Annett's objections, producer Milton Subotsky (who hated the film) insisted on the werewolf break gimmick where the viewer is invited to guess who the werewolf is. See more »

Goofs

Tom Newcliffe invites several people to his estate because he is convinced one of them is a werewolf and intends to identify and hunt the one who is. After dinner the first evening, he explains this to the gathered people. Newcliffe goes from one guest to the next, explaining how he suspects each of being a werewolf. However, he does NOT indicate that he has conclusively (or at least to his satisfaction) confirmed the existence of one werewolf and determined that its normal human form must be one of his invitees, but instead outlines evidence that each person, independently of the others, might be A werewolf. Given the existence of such creatures, Newcliffe has presented a situation in which anywhere from none to all of his special guests might be werewolves rather than one, no more and no less. See more »

Quotes

Pavel: She looks like butter wouldn't melt in her mouth
Tom Newcliffe: Maybe... She prefers MEAT
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Featured in Century of Black Cinema (2003) See more »

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Moonlight Sonata
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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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