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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:
Nice formula…but it ignores the ‘horror' a bit 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)
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:You know, if I had my way, we'd be reading about that candlestick in tomorrow's newspaper. "Millionaire hunter done to death by a blunt instrument!"See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Century of Black Cinema (2003) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
Moonlight SonataSee more »

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10 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Nice formula…but it ignores the ‘horror' a bit, 26 February 2004
Author: Coventry from the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls

Amicus was a neat little production company that specialized itself in creating extremely enjoyable omnibus horror films. Especially in the early seventies, they satisfied a large thrill-seeking audience with terror-anthologies like `Asylum', `The Vault of Horror', From Beyond the Grave' and even the original `Tales from the Crypt' Also, you have to admit that they constantly tried to be imaginative and innovating…and The Beast Must Die is the perfect example to state this. It presents a rather original and new format that involves the viewer. At the beginning and near the end, this film specifically requests the public to join a search. Pretty clever, since this is only a simple method but it does demand the viewer's immediate attention! The particular search is a werewolf-hunt! Six persons – four males and two females – spend the weekend at a huge ranch. The moon is full, all the necessary scenery is present and at the end of the weekend, the werewolf has to be exposed! Personally, I rather enjoyed this formula…it's a nice change and very entertaining nonetheless. Unfortunately, The Beast Must Die lacks a bit of professionalism to be listed among the better horror titles. It's all pretty cheap and especially the make-up and creature effects disappoint. The werewolf isn't the least bit impressive and there are too few shock-sequences to make the film memorable. Actually, aside from the werewolf theme and the presence of horror-regular Cushing, The Beast Must Die has very little to do with horror! It merely is action/adventure with just a tint of mystery and horror. Regarding the cast, it is veteran Peter Cushing who impresses the most as the specialist-professor in the field of ‘Lycanthropes'. The rest of the cast is rather unknown with the exception of Anton Diffring, here in a delightful little role. If you like classic horror and you're not familiar with Anton Diffring, I advise you to run out to the nearest videostore and rent `Circus of Horrors'.

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