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April 1974 (USA) See more »
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!
Eight people have been invited to an island estate for the weekend. One of them is a werewolf. Can you guess which one? Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Calvin Lockhart ... Tom Newcliffe

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

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

Tom Chadbon ... Paul Foote

Michael Gambon ... Jan
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
Michael Winder (screenplay)

Paul Annett  uncredited
James Blish  story "There Shall Be No Darkness" (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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Also Known As:
"Black Werewolf" - USA (video title)
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93 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Canada:G (Quebec) | UK:15 | USA:PG (certificate #23810) | West Germany:16 (cut)

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Peter Cushing gave Marlene Clark a nosegay bouquet of flowers on her first day on the set.See more »
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 »
Arthur Bennington:I don't have to take that kind of abuse from you.
Tom Newcliffe:You just did.
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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
A refreshingly good werewolf movie, 25 August 2008
Author: DPMay from Birkenhead, England

You might think that if you've seen one werewolf movie, you've seen them all. Well, that may be largely true, but "The Beast Must Die" differs from most entries in the genre.

For starters it is not centred around the person who is the werewolf, and so dispenses with the usual associated plot lines such as the angst a person goes through knowing that they'll turn into a killer come the next full moon.

No, this film, as it proudly boasts via an opening narration is a whodunit, or (I quote) "a detective story... in which YOU are the detective". In short you have to guess which of the small ensemble team of characters is the werewolf.

The characters are the somewhat unwilling guests of millionaire playboy Tom Newcliffe (Calvin Lockhart). Newcliffe's favourite hobby is hunting animals and as he knows one of his guests is a werewolf, he thinks it will be fun to hunt and kill the animal. But which of them is it? Although this film doesn't have a great reputation, it's actually quite good. The cast is small but strong, containing such notable names as Charles Gray, Michael Gambon and that assured veteran of British horror films of this era, Peter Cushing. The werewolf itself is well-handled, coming across as a genuine threat, especially as it is portrayed as a real (and rather large) wolf rather than by an actor in several layers of facial fur. It's fast, it's clever and it even breaks into the house to kill people. I won't spoilt them here, but there are some nice plot twists towards the end, leading to a conclusion which really enforces the fact that the beast MUST die...

The story is well-paced and full of incident. However, I find there are places where it occasionally lacks sufficient depth. How does Newcliffe know for certain that one of his guests is a werewolf? Using his logic, that they have all been present in cities where mysterious killings have taken place, they could ALL be werewolves! Also, why were the guests all so willing to turn up at his house? A little more expansion on them would have helped, particularly as we, the audience, is supposed to be playing detective.

Towards the end of the film we get a 30-second "Werewolf Break" when it's time to guess who the werewolf is. A novel idea, but unfortunately "guess" is the operative word here as there are really no proper clues given within the narrative that single one of the suspects out ahead of all the others. Naturally, being a whodunit, they are all made to look suspicious.

In its fashions and music, the film is very much of its time. The direction is slick for the most part, though there's a lengthy car chase early on when Michael Gambon's character tries to escape, and this looks rather undramatic as action sequences go.

But overall this film has lots to commend it. The negative points can easily be overlooked, leaving you with an imaginative, entertaining romp that's probably different to most other horror films you've seen.

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