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Writers:
Tom Holland (screen story and screenplay)
Edward Levy (novel)
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Release Date:
12 February 1982 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
He Was On The Verge Of Becoming A Man... Eater! See more »
Plot:
In the beginning of the movie you see a woman getting raped by a man-creature of some sort. The movie... See more » | Full synopsis »
User Reviews:
Overlooked 80s cult horror. See more (64 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Ronny Cox ... Eli MacCleary

Bibi Besch ... Caroline MacCleary
Paul Clemens ... Michael MacCleary

Don Gordon ... Judge Curwin

R.G. Armstrong ... Doc Schoonmaker
Katherine Moffat ... Amanda Platt (as Kitty Moffat)

L.Q. Jones ... Sheriff Pool
Logan Ramsey ... Edwin Curwin

John Dennis Johnston ... Horace Platt
Ron Soble ... Tom Laws

Luke Askew ... Dexter Ward

Meshach Taylor ... Deputy Herbert
Boyce Holleman ... Doc Odom
Natalie Nolan Howard ... Court Clerk
Malcolm McMillin ... Gas Station Attendant
Fred D. Meyer ... Workman

Directed by
Philippe Mora 
 
Writing credits
Tom Holland (screen story and screenplay)

Edward Levy (novel)

Produced by
Harvey Bernhard .... producer
Jack B. Bernstein .... executive producer
Ron Fury .... associate producer
Gabriel Katzka .... producer
 
Original Music by
Les Baxter 
 
Cinematography by
Jack L. Richards 
 
Film Editing by
Robert Brown 
David Garfield 
Bert Lovitt 
 
Casting by
Douglas Brindley 
 
Production Design by
David M. Haber 
 
Set Decoration by
Leonard A. Mazzola 
 
Makeup Department
Tom Hoerber .... makeup artist (as Thomas Hoerber)
Melanie Levitt .... makeup artist
Ann Wadlington .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Jack B. Bernstein .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ron Fury .... assistant director
Mark Lyon .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Giovanni Casalenuovo .... stand-by painter
Fred Krajewski .... lead man
Art Lipschultz .... property master
Bobbie Jill Lucas .... swing gang
Bud Peifer Jr. .... assistant property master
James W. Shealy .... swing gang
 
Sound Department
Gregg Landaker .... sound re-recording mixer
Steve Maslow .... sound re-recording mixer
Robert Nichols II .... sound recordist
Al Overton .... sound mixer (as Al Overton Sr.)
Barton Palmer .... sound technician
Charles Sherlock .... boom operator
Clive Smith .... supervising sound editor
Bill Varney .... sound re-recording mixer
Ray Quintana .... commentary re-recordist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Thomas R. Burman .... special effects (as Tom Burman)
Fred Cramer .... special effects foreman (as Fred J. Cramer)
James Cummins .... lab technician
Garry Elmendorf .... special effects (as Garry J. Elmendorf)
 
Stunts
Sorin Serene Pricopie .... stunt coordinator (as Sorin Pricopie)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Kirk Bales .... dolly grip (as Kirk E. Bales)
Robert Bitzer .... grip
C.B. Carroll Jr. .... electrician
George H. Clarke .... grip
Gerrit Dangremond .... first assistant camera
Laurence Flynn .... best boy (as Laurence J. Flynn)
Charles Holmes .... gaffer (as Charles Holmes Jr.)
Jack Kennedy .... electrician (as Jack L. Kennedy)
George Kohut .... camera operator
James A. Pendleton .... second assistant camera (as James Pendleton)
Charles Saldana .... key grip
William Shealy .... electrician
Bruce D. Spellman .... second company grip
James Trawick Jr. .... electrician
Dean Williams .... still photographer (as Dean Earl Williams)
 
Casting Department
Douglas Brindley .... casting: Mississippi
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Frances Harrison Hays .... costume supervisor
John Lemons .... costumer (as John K. Lemons)
 
Editorial Department
Beau Barthel .... assistant editor
Rick Sparr .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Armin Steiner .... music mixer
 
Transportation Department
John Brumby .... driver: creative mobile
Cliff Hill .... transportation captain
John Reade .... transportation coordinator (as John C. Reade)
 
Other crew
Charles Allen .... location manager
Kathryn Allen .... office secretary
Susan Chavez .... unit publicist
Betty Eastwood .... bookkeeper to producer
Jerry Fulton .... animal handler
Don Henry .... production accountant (as Donald Henry)
Barbara Hogan .... script supervisor (as Barbara A. Hogan)
Marie Melendez .... assistant to producer
Bonne Radford .... assistant production accountant
J.J. Read III .... assistant location manager
Florian Schereck .... post-production auditor
Anita Terrian .... production coordinator
Joe Ann Thurman .... craft service
Marlene Williams .... producer secretary
 

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98 min
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Australia:R | Canada:R (Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Ontario) | Canada:18+ (Quebec) | Denmark:15 (video rating) | UK:18 | USA:R | West Germany:18
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Trivia:
The names "Curwin" and "Dexter Ward" are characters from the horror novel "The Case of Charles Dexter Ward" by Howard Phillips Lovecraft.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Quotes:
Eli MacCleary:Sustaining. Chance. I don't want my son sustained and I don't want any chances. I want him cured.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Howling III (1987)See more »

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17 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Overlooked 80s cult horror., 17 November 2001
Author: Infofreak from Perth, Australia

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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