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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:
Very fun werewolf movie See more (57 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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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:
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:
Tom Newcliffe:One of our guests is a werewolf, I know it.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Directing the Beast (2003) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
Moonlight SonataSee more »

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27 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
Very fun werewolf movie, 17 September 2005
Author: Chromium_5 from Minnesota

One of the good things about the AMC channel is the later you watch it, the weirder the movies get. This one came on at about 1:30 in the morning, and as soon as the creepy narration announced "This is a detective story... where YOU are the detective," I knew I was in for something cool. The narration is followed by an offbeat opening where a black guy (dressed in all black) is running through the woods being chased by a bunch of military types, against a jazz soundtrack. Turns out he's testing out his new security system, and sure enough, there's no way to avoid getting caught on these premises.

After the weird opening, the movie settles down into a pretty straightforward plot. It's really a combination of 'The Most Dangerous Game' and 'Ten Little Indians' (the "guess the culprit" gimmick is practically stolen from the latter movie). A wealthy hunter has gathered a group of guests, one of whom is a werewolf, in order to hunt the ultimate game. But finding out who the werewolf is turns out to be trickier than expected...

The cast is actually quite impressive, and odds are you'll be less interested in figuring out who the werewolf is than figuring out where you've seen all these people before (I'm still racking my brain on Anton Diffring). Of course, every movie like this has at least one unintentionally funny part, and in this one it's Peter Cushing's Dr. Lundgren, the Werewolf Expert. Cushing is a fine actor, but he almost becomes a running joke here, because every time someone asks him about werewolves he goes off on this long spiel describing werewolves in scientific detail that must be heard to be believed. Thanks to this movie, I now know that lycanthropy is caused by a defect in the lymphatic system, and that silver can't harm a werewolf unless there's pollen in the air (?), etc.

This a B-movie, for sure, but a pretty good one. It's well done and suspenseful, and it will keep you interested until the very end. Very much worth watching. 8/10 stars.

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