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The Beast Within (1982)

 -  Horror  -  12 February 1982 (USA)
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In the beginning of the movie you see a woman getting raped by a man-creature of some sort. The movie takes place years later when the child that was a result of that rape is on the rampage... See full summary »

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In the beginning of the movie you see a woman getting raped by a man-creature of some sort. The movie takes place years later when the child that was a result of that rape is on the rampage looking for a girl to rape to start the process all over again. Written by Donald O. Caselli <ASAInc@worldnet.att.net>

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He Was On The Verge Of Becoming A Man... Eater! See more »

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12 February 1982 (USA)  »

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A bennemlakó szörnyeteg  »

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$1,400,000 (USA)
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Along with Joe Dante's The Howling (1981) this film pioneered the trend of air-bladder special effects makeup. For Michael's transformation scene small plastic sacks (often condoms or balloons) would be embedded into the layers of makeup and face castings. Later while filming these sacks would be inflated through tubes and it would help to give the appearance of the skins distortion. The same technique became popular in the genre throughout the 80's being used in such horror films as Demons (1985), Fright Night (1985), and Evil Dead II (1987). See more »

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During the scene in the kitchen when Michael is telling Amanda to leave, a shotgun keeps appearing and disappearing behind them leaning in front of the window. See more »

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Doc Odom: There's a chemical imbalance. An occult malignancy in his system.
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Spoofed in The Marsupials: The Howling III (1987) See more »

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I Was A Teenage Insect
22 November 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie is hard to take seriously, with such a far fetched premise and a lot of dimwitted characters doing really stupid things...but it's not a total loss. If you can disconnect yourself from reality for an hour and a half, you may just be able to convince yourself that enforced cannibalism will turn you into a giant were-cicada. (?!)

A car containing newlyweds breaks down on a lonely stretch of road. The brand new groom decides to walk back to the gas station. The brand new bride decides to walk around in the woods after hearing strange noises that have upset her dog. One messy, muddy rape scene later, we have a plot...and I had a very strong desire for a long, hot shower.

17 years later, we see the result of the rape: a whiny teenage boy named Michael. Michael is dying and no one knows what is wrong with him or how to help him. His parents decide to return to the scene of the crime, hoping to discover the true identity of Michaels' father. What they find is an inbred little town filled with strange people who all seem to share the same secret...a secret they are not about to reveal to Michaels parents. However, Michael arrives in town all on his own, and the people who aren't talking start dying, one by one.

The bad-guy characters are all pretty cool, simply because they're so weird, providing comic relief that maybe wasn't intentional. The character of Amanda, Michaels' sort-of girlfriend, was annoying - not through any fault of her own, but simply because she seemed like a nice girl and went through the entire film cringing from everyone, and with good reason, as she is repeatedly slapped, yelled at, humiliated and ultimately, horribly violated.

It is not a pleasant movie to watch, to say the least, as the movie comes full circle and the "beast" seems to triumph. It's depressing and ugly, with very few redeeming qualities, although the nightmare sequences were effective and disturbing, providing an excellent, moody atmosphere of dread that never pays off. The gross-out metamorphosis at the films climax looks dated now, unable to top the inventive murders which preceded it. All in all, this film seems to want to be "I Was A Teenage Werewolf" crossed with "Deliverance." It doesn't succeed, but there's a few good shocks along the way. Worth watching once, if there's nothing else on TV at 1am.


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