The Beast Within (1982)

R  |   |  Horror  |  12 February 1982 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.4/10 from 2,065 users  
Reviews: 66 user | 82 critic

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 »



(screen story and screenplay by), (based on the novel by)
0Check in

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Video


10 Best Action Heroes

We consulted IMDb's Highest-Rated Action-Family Films to came up with 10 scene-stealing action figures your kids can relate to, look up to, and be inspired by.

Visit our Family Entertainment Guide

Related News

Drive-In Dust Offs: Basket Case
| DailyDead
Drive-In Dust Offs: The Car
| DailyDead

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 48 titles
created 12 Dec 2010
a list of 30 titles
created 13 Apr 2013
a list of 25 titles
created 29 Sep 2013
a list of 44 titles
created 10 months ago
a list of 30 titles
created 3 months ago

Related Items

Search for "The Beast Within" on

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: The Beast Within (1982)

The Beast Within (1982) on IMDb 5.4/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Beast Within.



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Evilspeak (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A military cadet who happens to be a social outcast taps into a way to summon demons and cast spells on his tormentors through his computer.

Director: Eric Weston
Stars: Clint Howard, R.G. Armstrong, Joe Cortese
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Nobody wants them but everybody is watching: from time immemorial, animal fights have been as much looked down upon as they have been loved. "The Beast Within" pursues the reasons for man's... See full summary »

Director: Yves Scagliola
The Outing (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

An ancient genie is released from a lamp when thieves ransack an old woman's house. They are killed and the lamp is moved to a museum to be studied. The curator's daughter is soon possessed... See full summary »

Director: Tom Daley
Stars: Deborah Winters, James Huston, Andra St. Ivanyi
Sci-Fi | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.8/10 X  

An astronaut is transformed into a murderous gelatinous mass after returning from an ill-fated space voyage.

Director: William Sachs
Stars: Alex Rebar, Burr DeBenning, Myron Healey
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

As part of an initiation into a club called the Sisters, a young girl must spend the night in a mausoleum.

Director: Tom McLoughlin
Stars: Meg Tilly, Melissa Newman, Robin Evans
Curtains (1983)
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Six young actresses auditioning for a movie role at a remote mansion are targeted by a mysterious masked murderer.

Director: Richard Ciupka
Stars: John Vernon, Samantha Eggar, Linda Thorson
Killer Party (1986)
Comedy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

Three gorgeous babes decide to join a sorority, and a whole bunch of horny guys dump bees in the sorority's back yard where a bunch of girls are naked in the outside hot tub so when the ... See full summary »

Director: William Fruet
Stars: Martin Hewitt, Ralph Seymour, Elaine Wilkes
Crime | Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A Texas Ranger hunts for a hooded serial killer terrorizing the residents of a small town, set in 1946 Arkansas. Loosely based on a true story.

Director: Charles B. Pierce
Stars: Ben Johnson, Andrew Prine, Dawn Wells
The Nail Gun Massacre (Video 1985)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4/10 X  

After a young girl is gang raped by a crew of construction workers, someone starts killing off members of the group with a nail gun.

Directors: Bill Leslie, Terry Lofton
Stars: Rocky Patterson, Ron Queen, Beau Leland
Madman (1982)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

A murderer comes back to life and stalks a summer camp.

Director: Joe Giannone
Stars: Gaylen Ross, Tony Fish, Harriet Bass
Eaten Alive (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

A psychotic redneck who owns a dilapidated hotel in rural East Texas kills various people who upset him or his business, and he feeds their bodies to a large crocodile that he keeps as a pet in the swamp beside his hotel.

Director: Tobe Hooper
Stars: Neville Brand, Mel Ferrer, Carolyn Jones
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

A group of forest rangers go camping in the woods, and trespass into an area where a backwoods mama likes to kill people who come onto her turf.

Director: Andrew Davis
Stars: John Friedrich, Adrian Zmed, Ernest Harden Jr.


Cast overview, first billed only:
Katherine Moffat ...
Amanda Platt (as Kitty Moffat)
Sheriff Pool
Logan Ramsey ...
Edwin Curwin
Horace Platt
Ron Soble ...
Tom Laws
Dexter Ward
Deputy Herbert
Boyce Holleman ...
Doc Odom
Natalie Nolan Howard ...
Court Clerk
Malcolm McMillin ...
Gas Station Attendant


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 <>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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




R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:



Official Sites:



Release Date:

12 February 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A bennemlakó szörnyeteg  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$1,400,000 (USA)

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


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 »


Even after Amanda puts her bra on twice before leaving the house, when she is raped later on in the movie, she has no bra on at all. See more »


Doc Odom: There's a chemical imbalance. An occult malignancy in his system.
Eli MacCleary: What kind of medicine are practicing here, Doctor?
Doc Odom: What we have is a pituitary gland that has gone crazy, out of control. It's causing much too rapid growth. No matter what nourishment we give him, it just isn't enough. Now, I... I thought it might be genetic, inherited. But the metabolic tests that we did on both of you show that you're normal as pie. So unless there's something we don't know, unless there's something left out ...
See more »


Referenced in Repo Man (1984) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

A Beastly B Movie
2 March 2008 | by (Hellfudge, Pennsylvania) – See all my reviews

"The Beast Within" was a staple of TNT's MonsterVision many years ago, and its unique (yet often convoluted) premise reveals why: how many movies have featured a bloodthirsty cicada monster? Based on the novel by Edward Levy (adapted by future "Child's Play" director Tom Holland), the plot has happy newlyweds Ronny Cox and Bibi Besch running afoul of terror along a backwoods Mississippi road, where Besch is raped by some vague, subhuman creature; 17 years later, son Paul Clemens is exhibiting some extreme growing pains that include the occasional ghastly murder when his parents return to the scene of the crime looking for answers. While the plot never really comes together as well as it should, "Beast" is a model of B-movie efficiency that utilizes atmosphere, location, and some supremely grotesque special effects to leave the viewer rattled (director Philippe Mora also has an excellent grasp of light and shadow to create mood). In hindsight, the film has the type of contained, small-town-America aesthetic that has become the watermark of Stephen King's prose, and the cast is appropriately comprised of rather typical faces, not marquee stars. In the end, "Beast" is a wonderfully ghastly little flick with a creepy story that's executed just well enough to overcome some poor acting and an occasionally sluggish pace.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
This is a scary movie!! plivingston-2
Did I imagine this or what? Mori
Stick with the novel grj-3
Special Edition BluRay or DVD? LJ27
The Beast Within Rocks!!! cpettersson
Differences between movie and book BlueHeMan
Discuss The Beast Within (1982) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: