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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:
Good film about werewolves produced by Amicus and as secondary the great Peter Cushing 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:
The last horror film produced by Amicus which had the involvement of co-founder Milton Subotsky.See more »
Goofs:
Plot holes: 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:
Arthur Bennington:I don't have to take that kind of abuse from you.
Tom Newcliffe:You just did.
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Soundtrack:
Moonlight SonataSee more »

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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Good film about werewolves produced by Amicus and as secondary the great Peter Cushing, 14 February 2006
Author: ma-cortes

The film concerns upon Tom Newcliff(Calvin Lockhart) a rich businessman , great hunter and sportsman living with his wife(M.Clark) and his foreman(Anton Driffing) in a luxurious mansion.He has pursued and hunted all kind species with exception a werewolf.Thus he invites a group of six men(Peter Cushing,Charles Gray,Michael Gambon) and women related with weird killings about the eating of human flesh and none can to leave the location.One of the occupants turns into werewolf at the full moon and stricken a rare pollen flower.Then undergoes a dental and hirsute transformation at night and going on a murderous rampage every time the moon is full. Tom investigates the guest who converts in night beast and trying chase to increase his enormous collection at his isolated lodge. The movie is a detective story in which you are the detective.The question is not ¨who is the murder¨? but ¨Who is the werewolf¨?.After all the clues have been shown we will get a chance to give your answer. The picture is a crossover of Blaxexploitation protagonists,Agatha Christie whodunit(Ten little Indians), werewolves horror mythic and even gimmicks -William Castle type- on its intervening period when give to public a seconds for resolving the enigma.The transformation of man into werewolf is simple without special effects.Calvin Lockhart as obstinate and relentless hunter is top notch, besides is surrounded by a highly capable secondary cast.Special mention to Peter Cushing ,as always he is excellent as specialist of knowledge on lycanthropy. The screenwriter provided a very serviceable and well-knit screenplay with suspense and tension ,giving full rein to director Paul Annett's natural talent.

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