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The Beast Within (1982)

A young woman gets raped by a mysterious man-creature, and years later her son begins a horrific transformation into a similar Beast.

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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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This motion picture contains scenes of extremely graphic and violent horror. WARNING! See more »

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12 February 1982 (USA)  »

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A bennemlakó szörnyeteg  »

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$1,250,000, 15 February 1982, Limited Release

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$7,742,572
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Michael's x-rays were actually x-rays of actor Paul Clemens. Strips of metal were applied to Clemens to create the illusion of subcutaneous anomalies. 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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Overlooked 80s cult horror.
17 November 2001 | by See all my reviews

Philippe Mora does has made lots of very strange movies in his underrated career, some good, some truly awful. This is one of the better ones. If you analyze the plot too much the holes become big enough to drive a truck through, but just ignore the urge to do that, and you'll find you're watching an near-classic of transformation horror.

A newly-wed (Bibi Besch) is raped by a mysterious beast on her wedding night. Seventeen years later her son (Paul Clemens) is dying of an unknown illness. She and her husband (Ronny Cox) return to the scene of their past trauma to try and get some answers. They find some strange townsfolk who appear to be hiding some mysterious secret. Exactly what it is I won't say. It would not only spoil the movie, but I must admit I'm a trifle confused myself at the "explanation" for the weird events depicted on screen! Like I said, think about it too much and you'll ruin it. Just go with the flow...

'The Beat Within' contains plenty of creepiness and some gruesome murders. An added attraction for film buffs is the interesting supporting cast, which includes Peckinpah veterans R.G. Armstrong ('Predator'), L.Q. Jones ('Casino') and Luke Askew ('Easy Rider'), and character actors Don Gordon ('Out Of The Blue') and Mora semi-regular John Dennis Johnston. ('Flesh & Blood')

'The Beast Within' rarely gets mentioned in discussions of 1980s horror movies, but it should. It may not be up there with the best of Cronenberg, Carpenter, Romero, or Raimi, but it's well made, original, strongly acted, and damn good fun!


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