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The Beast Must Die
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Director:
Writers:
James Blish (story)
Michael Winder (screenplay)
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Release Date:
April 1974 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
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!
Plot:
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! Full summary » | Full synopsis »
User Reviews:
Great, Escapism At Its Entertaining Best See more (58 total) »

Cast

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Calvin Lockhart ... Tom Newcliffe

Peter Cushing ... Dr. Christopher Lundgren
Marlene Clark ... Caroline Newcliffe

Charles Gray ... Arthur Bennington
Anton Diffring ... Pavel
Ciaran Madden ... Davina Gilmore

Tom Chadbon ... Paul Foote

Michael Gambon ... Jan Jarmokowski
Sam Mansary ... Butler (as Sam Mansaray)
Andrew Lodge ... Pilot
Carl Bohen ... 1st Hunter (as Carl Bohun)

Eric Carte ... 2nd Hunter
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Valentine Dyall ... Narrator of the werewolf Break (voice) (uncredited)

Annie Ross ... Caroline (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Paul Annett 
 
Writing credits
James Blish (story "There Shall Be No Darkness")

Michael Winder (screenplay)

Paul Annett  uncredited
Scott Finch  uncredited

Produced by
John Dark .... associate producer
Robert H. Greenberg .... executive producer (as Robert Greenberg)
Max Rosenberg .... producer (as Max J. Rosenberg)
Milton Subotsky .... producer
 
Original Music by
Douglas Gamley 
 
Cinematography by
Jack Hildyard (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Peter Tanner 
 
Casting by
Thelma Graves (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
John Stoll 
 
Makeup Department
Paul Rabiger .... makeup artist
Bobbie Smith .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
John Davis .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Richard Jenkins .... assistant director
Vic Smith .... third assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Herbert Westbrook .... set dresser
 
Sound Department
Richard Langford .... dubbing mixer
Ken Ritchie .... sound mixer
Ean Wood .... sound editor
 
Special Effects by
Ted Samuels .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Derek V. Browne .... camera operator (as Derek Browne)
George Robinson .... chief electrician
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
John Hilling .... wardrobe supervisor
 
Music Department
Douglas Gamley .... conductor
 
Other crew
Andy Armstrong .... production assistant
Phyllis Townshend .... continuity
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Black Werewolf" - USA (video title)
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Runtime:
93 min
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Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Canada:G (Quebec) | UK:15 | USA:PG

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Trivia:
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:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): 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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Rewind This! (2013)See more »
Soundtrack:
Moonlight SonataSee more »

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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Great, Escapism At Its Entertaining Best, 25 July 2006
Author: seantheslug from Manchester, England

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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