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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:
An atmospheric, underrated 80's creature feature. 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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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:
Star Paul Clemens was very enthusiastic about having the role of Michael MacCleary because he was an avid fan of the horror genre. Clemens would even enjoy the extensive makeup work that would take hours to apply to him.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:
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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7 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
An atmospheric, underrated 80's creature feature., 22 December 2008
Author: AngryChair from Brentwood, USA

One of the better, and most overlooked, monster films of the 80's is this fun and effectively creepy B horror film.

On a dark and stormy Mississippi night, a woman is attacked and raped by a mysterious monster. Now, seventeen years later, her ill teenage son is starting to display some murderous behavior that keeps getting worse...

The Beast Within (based on the Edward Levy novel of the same title) is too often bashed by critics. Many complain that the storyline is convoluted, but frankly if everything were explained it would lose its sense of chilling mystery. There is much to be enjoyed in this off-beat creature flick. The story is nicely creative with a hint of old school horror and a good dose of building tension - all of which is dotted with some startlingly good murder scenes. The gruesome makeup effects aren't bad, this film has one wild transformation scene. Direction wise Philippe Mora does well in giving the film a great southern Gothic vibe as well as an oppressing atmosphere of dread.

The cast holds their own too. Ronny Cox (of Deliverance fame) and Bibi Besch do solid performances as the understandably troubled parents of our title character. Paul Clemens is also good, and strangely alluring, as the teen with the savage side. Supporting performances from Don Gordon, R.G. Armstrong, Katherine Moffat, and L.Q. Jones are good too.

The Beast Within is one under praised horror film. So what if there's a few plot holes, so what if it doesn't follow the book it's based on to the letter - it's a truly memorable horror ride that never has a dull moment. Check it out creature feature fans.

*** 1/2 out of ****

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