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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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We dare you to watch the last 30 minutes of this film without screaming, covering your eyes, or running from your seat. See more »

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James Horner composed a musical score for the film which was rejected and replaced with a score by Les Baxter. See more »

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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 »

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Sheriff Pool: on the phone: "Oral sodomy?... Well, that's why it's a small town... Yeah, we'll look into it. Thank you for calling."
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Gonzo early 80's horror flick with a WTF plot.
3 September 2015 | by (North Hemis) – See all my reviews

I agree with many points made by fellow commentators. This was one of director Philippe Mora's best efforts: atmospheric, grisly and featuring an extraordinary cast of slumming actors. The makeup transformation effects by the Burman studio are quite well done. BUT...

Why isn't this called The BUG Within? This poor kid doesn't turn into a beast - he turns into a gosh-darn GIANT CICADA! WTF? Where did that come from? There's no explanation in the script, and according to those who've read the source novel, it's completely different from the original story. I remember seeing this at a United Artists screening in Los Angeles back in 1982. My buddy Mike and I were big horror fans, and after the screening let out we kept asking each other, "But why did he turn into a BUG?" Neither of us could come up with an answer then and obviously, even after all these years and with all these discussions on IMDb, no one else has either.

Screenwriter Tom Holland probably could however. Certainly he's proved himself a talent in the horror genre, with his terrific script for the first Psycho sequel and subsequent work on the first Child's Play and his directorial debut, Fright Night.

Philippe Mora has had a more checkered career. A strong visual stylist, he's struggled with poor choice of material such as the infamous sequel Howling III: The Marsupials.

The Bug - sorry, BEAST Within is definitely worth a look for horror buffs, but when you watch the big transformation scene two-thirds of the way through, I guarantee you'll be scratching your head afterwards. The makeup FX are pretty cool though.


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