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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.

Director:

James Kelley (as James Kelly)

Writer:

James Kelley (original screenplay) (as James Kelly)
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Cast

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)
Merlyn Ward Merlyn Ward ... Young Stephen (as Merlin Ward)
Anthony Heaton Anthony Heaton ... Anderson
Chris Chittell ... Baker (as Christopher Chittell)
Peter Craze Peter Craze ... Roy
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Storyline

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!

Genres:

Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 April 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Are You Dying, Young Man? See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Flora Robson and Beryl Reid were annoyed at the heavy cuts made in post which they thought damaged the film. See more »

Goofs

In the flashback of the family going to the railway station in a pony and trap to meet their father coming home from the First World War, as they get to the station the white lines can be clearly seen in what must be the present day car park. 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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Not terrible but still lacking....
16 October 2005 | by crazymikejjSee all my reviews

I remember viewing this movie when I was a kid. I recall it terrified me immensely and it stayed with me all these years. I spent a couple of years trying to find it online...didn't remember the title, only the storyline. After searching and searching, I came across a VHS that was being sold on E-Bay. I was excited and when it finally arrived, I jammed it into the VCR and couldn't help but feel a bit nostalgic. Needless to say, I was slightly disappointed. This wasn't the movie I remember watching as a kid. It was boring at times and I found Beryl Reid's incessant whinning extremely annoying. Both performances by Reid and Flora Robson were good overall but the movie wasn't scary. I think any movie is worth viewing to form you're own opinion but sometimes, well......


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