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The Beast (1975)

La bête (original title)
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A late businessman's daughter is heading with her aunt to the estate of her soon-to-be husband, unaware of the strange rumors that cloud the family's name.





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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sirpa Lane ...
Romilda de l'Esperance
Lisbeth Hummel ...
Lucy Broadhurst
Elisabeth Kaza ...
Virginia Broadhurst
Pierre Benedetti ...
Mathurin de l'Esperance
Guy Tréjan ...
Pierre de l'Esperance
Roland Armontel ...
Duc Rammendelo De Balo (as Dalio)
Robert Capia ...
Roberto Capia
Pascale Rivault ...
Clarisse De l'Esperance
Hassane Fall ...
Anna Baldaccini ...
Thierry Bourdon ...
(as Mathieu Rivollier)
Julien Hanany
Marie Testanière ...


The head of a failing French family thinks that fate has smiled down on him when the daughter of a wealthy man agrees to be married to his son. The daughter and her aunt then travel out to the French countryside to meet with the family, unaware that a mysterious 'beast' is stalking the vicinity. Written by The_Void

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Just About The Most Outrageous Erotic Fantasy Ever Committed To Film.


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Release Date:

15 April 1977 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Death's Ecstacy  »

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1.66 : 1
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Actor Dylan Pringle once took a date to a screening of the Beast in London. She was reportedly "appalled by his taste in films." See more »


Priest: Spring is the cause of our excitement. We, frail humans, we are like animals, we suffer the laws of nature. Alas!
Pierre de l'Esperance: Happily, we have this intelligence, this heavenly gift, which enables us to fight our instincts.
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Edited into Caligula and Messalina (1981) See more »

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Absolutely unique arthouse porn farce!
27 May 2002 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

Banned for twenty odd years 'The Beast' has finally been unleashed, and believe me it is a movie quite unlike any other! This is a profoundly bizarre mixture of arthouse and grindhouse that is on the surface massively offensive (in a word - bestiality), but is presented in such a ludicrous fashion that the only genuine reaction is to laugh hysterically. The sequences involving the Beast which made the film notorious are only a small part of the whole. In fact it is the contrast between the Beastly and non-Beastly stories that make this movie so strange and difficult to explain. I don't know exactly what director Borowczwk was aiming for, and I'm not sure he did either. But if he was going for a strange mixture of the Gothic, the surreal and hysterical porno comedy he certainly succeeded!

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