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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 »
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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 »
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Decent werewolf mystery. See more (56 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)
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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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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
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Certification:
Canada:G (Quebec) | UK:15 | USA:PG

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Trivia:
Robert Quarry was originally slated to play the lead, but at the last minute the film's producers went with Calvin Lockhart instead in order to capitalize on the then hot blaxploitation craze.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: Truly awful use of "day for night" shots makes it painfully obvious that the "night" shots were done during the day.See more »
Quotes:
Paul Foote:If this was dinner... I can't wait for the cabaret.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Rewind This! (2013)See more »
Soundtrack:
Moonlight SonataSee more »

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13 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Decent werewolf mystery., 8 May 2005
Author: Noel (Teknofobe70) from Bromsgrove, England

"This is a murder mystery in which you are the detective ... but instead of 'who is the murderer?', the question is 'who is the werewolf?' ..." And so we have an eccentric millionaire who gathers together a group of six people, including his wife, in his mansion and states that one of them is a werewolf. How does he know this? Well, we don't question such things. There is a newly-reunited couple, an ex-United Nations delegate, an eccentric biologist, and an expert on werewolf folklore. Over a period of three terrifying nights, he narrows down the list of suspects to discover who the beast is ...

The movie opens with Calvin Lockhart running through his estate, being pursued by commandos and monitored by the new high-tech security system which he is testing. That opening sequence goes on and on, and there are many such tedious 'chase' scenes in the movie which make it something of a chore to watch. Ultimately it took me three attempts to finally get through this whole movie, and that's never a good sign. It's a shame, because there are some really great scenes as well ... the climax inparticular is suitably thrilling. We have pretty much an all-star cast in this movie, so if you're a fan of Peter Cushing, Sir Michael Gambon (currently playing Dumbledore), Charles Gray or 'blaxploitation' actors Calvin Lockhart and Marlene Clark, then you'll probably want to see this. Thanks to this casting, the acting is slightly above average for a B-movie, but nothing spectacular. It almost fits into the blaxploitation category itself, thanks to the jazzy, funky soundtrack and the alternative marketing title "Black Werewolf".

As for the 'guess the werewolf' element, as far as I can tell you can only narrow it down to three characters before the 'werewolf break' comes along, and then it's just a case of guessing between them. I guessed wrongly (although the character I chose would have made for a better ending), but as I suspected, the werewolf break was something that was added later by the producers and it wasn't the director's idea. The film wasn't made with this in mind, so it's actually impossible to guess for sure who the werewolf is. In fact, Paul Annett hated the idea of the 'werewolf break'.

Overall this is a fairly entertaining werewolf B-movie, and werewolf enthusiasts will probably enjoy it, but it could have been better.

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