The Beast Within (1982)

R  |   |  Horror  |  12 February 1982 (USA)
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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 <>

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Kill me, please kill me... before it's too late. See more »




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12 February 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A bennemlakó szörnyeteg  »

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$1,400,000 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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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 »


After Michael tells Amanda to get dressed to flee town, she is seen putting on her bra twice. 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 ...
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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.

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