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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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Tom Holland (screen story and screenplay by)
Edward Levy (based on the novel by)
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12 February 1982 (USA) See more »
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I didn't cover my eyes, scream or run from my seat, but still not a bad effort See more (66 total) »


  (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 by)

Edward Levy (based on the novel by)

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 (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Robert Brown 
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)
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
David Garfield .... additional editing
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
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:R | Canada:R (Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Ontario) | Canada:18+ (Quebec) | Denmark:15 (video rating) | UK:18 | USA:R | West Germany:18
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

One shoot, at an abandoned hospital, fell on Friday the 13th. The crew became convinced the location was haunted as throughout the evening the lights and the elevator turned on and off by themselves.See more »
Continuity: 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 of the picture...
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Referenced in Rewind This! (2013)See more »


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10 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
I didn't cover my eyes, scream or run from my seat, but still not a bad effort, 1 June 2000
Author: Dan Grant ( from Toronto, Ontario

I am going to disagree with most of the reviewers in here and say that I found the story to be quite intriguing. Some of it was a little out there but the crux of it ( the town conspiracy ) was quite well done. What wasn't so great was some of the acting and some of the things people do to get themselves in trouble.

The film starts off with Ronny Cox and his wife traveling down some lonely Mississippi road in the dead of night. They spin off the road and the front of his car ends up on some moist land. His tires spin and spin but they will not respond. The car is stuck there. Now instead of A) trying to push the car out or B) both of them walking back to the gas station for a tow, Cox tells his wife that he is going back to that gas station for a tow. He playfully tells her to stay there and to lock the door ( he says it as though nothing bad could have ever happened on the side of the road in Mississippi. Does anyone ever remember MISSISSIPPI BURNING?)

Okay, we have all seen too many horror movies but that is just dumb, horror movie or not. You never leave someone alone, on a deserted road while you are surrounded by the dense bush. Anything could happen. Bigfoot could jump out. Jason could be close by. The thing from THE PREY could pop and get you or more realistically you would just be too afraid to stay by yourself because it is dark. But she does and of course something attacks her and rapes her and then the film jumps ahead 17 years where of course she had the baby. This is another part when we all go " Oh Come ON!!! What are you, stupid?" If some big disgusting swamp thing with calves the size of the Caveman in Scooby Doo episodes raped you, you get an abortion, right away. But again, this is a horror movie and people have to do stupid things to get themselves into the prediciments that they are in. If you can get past some of this sheer idiocy, the rest of the story is quite good. It is not on par with some of the greats but it is a worthy addition to the early 80's horror.

One by one, the slimy town folk are being attacked and devoured by a beast. Now we don't know why these people are being stalked, only that they are suspect looking to say the least. There is obviously some town secret that is being swept under the proverbial rug and these people are the main culprits.

The final thirty minutes is quite good. I can remember being about 13 when me and my friends rented this film for the first time. We accepted the challenge on the front of the box where it dares you to watch the last thirty minutes without chickening out. And when you are 13 and are challenged like that, you eagerly accept. None of us were horrified but we sure thought it was cool. Now that I have more of an appreciation for horror and the effects that go into it, I have to say that the creature effects were astonishing here. Rick Baker would be proud of Thomas Burman. This is on par with Baker's work in AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON. The transformation scene is truly a work of art. Perhaps people will say that it is dated because now a days they use computer graphics to make everything look real but let me tell you, give me guys like Rick Baker, Stan Winston and Thomas Burman and I would rather watch them at work than a chip and a computer program that does the same thing. This is fun to watch and I believe more work and innovation goes into the process.

I would give this film a 6 out of 10. The story is intriguing and the plot is carried out quite well. And look at it this way. Take most horror films from today like URBAN LEGEND, I KNOW WHAT YOU DID..... and so on and compare them to this one and others like it from the 70's and early 80's. Most 90's films can't hold the director's Cole's Notes to how to make an affective horror film. The Beast Within is better than 95% of the horror that was released in the 90's. It is getting better now with stellar efforts like FINAL DESTINATION, BLAIR WITH, SIXTH SENSE, STIR OF ECHOES and even STIGMATA. Their roots lie with films like this.

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