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The Beast in the Cellar (1971)

Soldiers in a rural English town are being brutally murdered by an unknown creature. Two sisters living nearby realize they might understand what's happening.


James Kelley (as James Kelly)


James Kelley (original screenplay) (as James Kelly)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Beryl Reid ... Ellie Ballantyne
Flora Robson ... Joyce Ballantyne
John Hamill ... Alan Marlow
Tessa Wyatt ... Nurse Sutherland
T.P. McKenna ... Det. Chief Sup. Paddick
John Kelland ... Sgt. Young
David Dodimead David Dodimead ... Dr. Spencer
Vernon Dobtcheff ... Newsmith
Dafydd Havard ... Stephen Ballantyne
Gail Lidstone Gail Lidstone ... Young Ellie
Elizabeth Choice Elizabeth Choice ... Young Joyce (as Elisabeth Choice)
Merlin Ward Merlin Ward ... Young Stephen
Anthony Heaton Anthony Heaton ... Anderson
Christopher Chittell ... Baker
Peter Craze Peter Craze ... Roy


Soldiers in a rural English town are being brutally murdered by an unknown creature. Two sisters living nearby realize they might understand what's happening.

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A chill-filled festival of horror!


Horror | Thriller


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Did You Know?


Dame Flora Robson and Beryl Reid were annoyed at the heavy cuts made in post-production, which they thought damaged this movie. See more »


Although the flashback is set around World War One, the people at the Fun Fair are wearing '70s clothing. See more »

Alternate Versions

The original UK cinema version was cut by the BBFC to edit shots of a couple disrobing and blood splashes during a murder scene in a barn. The 2004 Anchor Bay DVD is uncut. See more »


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The negative of this film should have been confined to the cellar!
4 August 2015 | by hitchcockthelegendSee all my reviews

Two batty old ladies have a secret in their cellar, a secret which may need to be revealed when murders start occurring around the countryside. And why are soldiers being particularly targeted?

Two great British actresses in Beryl Reid and Flora Robson rock up for one of Tigon's worst films. It's not that the production is poor, because that side of it is more than decent, it's that it's an utter bore. 99% talking and literary bluffs dominate the picture to the point where when the big finale arrives, it really isn't worth the wait. Not even the introduction of the lovely Tessa Wyatt - in astute male fantasy nurse role - can perk things up.

Head of Tigon, Tony Tenser, once said he only made films to make money, it's with films like this where that becomes apparent. It's hard to believe that this is the same company that produced Witchfinder General! 3/10

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Release Date:

16 April 1971 (USA) See more »

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Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

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1.85 : 1
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