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The Beast Within -- A teenager is experiencing growing pains of a most shocking sort in this exciting, tense and all-too-real story of human-into-monster transformation.

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Director:
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:
The real beastie-boy! See more (65 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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Runtime:
98 min
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Certification:
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 films French title is Les Entrailles de l'enfer, which translates to "The Entrails of Hell" in English.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Quotes:
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 of the picture...
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Howling III (1987)See more »

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7 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
The real beastie-boy!, 19 January 2005
Author: Coventry from the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls

Woo-hoo! This freaky puppy needs to go on a leash! The Beast Within is highly entertaining 80's pulp that regretfully got ignored over the years, along with so many other B-movie goodies from that decade like "Dead & Buried", "Basket Case" or "From Beyond". I hope that too many people won't be biased about the gory, cheap looks of this film, because it actually has got more to offer than you'd think! The Beast Within fits perfectly in the "the little town with a secret"-sub genre that I personally adore. The screenplay (written by Tom Holland of "Fright Night" and "Child's Play") handles about a newlywed couple facing a nightmare when the wife is raped by a hideous creature on a remote Mississippi road. The "miracle of life" takes place and 17 years later, the progeny of this unpleasant meeting begins to undergo a bizarre metamorphosis. The adolescent Michael is aggressive, weak and goes prowling overnight. The victims of these nightly hunts all share a common secret that slowly unravels itself and leads all the way back to the night of the rape. The plot contains quite some holes (big ones!) and logicalness is totally out of the question! Hopefully, you'll be able to look passed these flaws and see how director Mora attempts to add tension and atmosphere to his film. The obvious aspect to love naturally is the blood and gore! The Beast Within features an infamous and nearly classic transformation and this scene alone makes the film worthy. A catchy (country) soundtrack and fairly good acting complete my overall positive opinion on this overlooked cult gem. Ronny Cox is quite convincing as the "official" father but it surely is the young actor Paul Clemens himself who impresses. His ultra-mad grimaces while attacking the hillbillies form the best parts of the film.

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