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The Beast Must Die (1974)

PG | | Horror, Mystery | April 1974 (USA)
Eight people have been invited to an island estate for the weekend. One of them is a werewolf. Can you guess which one?

Director:

Paul Annett

Writer:

Michael Winder (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Calvin Lockhart ... Tom Newcliffe
Peter Cushing ... Dr. Christopher Lundgren
Marlene Clark ... Caroline Newcliffe
Charles Gray ... Bennington
Anton Diffring ... Pavel
Ciaran Madden ... Davina
Tom Chadbon ... Paul Foote
Michael Gambon ... Jan
Sam Mansary Sam Mansary ... Butler (as Sam Mansaray)
Andrew Lodge Andrew Lodge ... Pilot
Carl Bohen Carl Bohen ... 1st Hunter (as Carl Bohun)
Eric Carte ... 2nd Hunter
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Storyline

Tom Newcliffe, a rich businessman and expert hunter summons six guests to his huge country estate which he has rigged up with video cameras and a high-tech security system. He tells them and his surprised wife that they are all to stay over a weekend and that all of them will be kept on the estate during that weekend. For each guest, dead bodies have followed in their wake and the way that the dead have been murdered means that one of the guest is a werewolf and Tom has summoned his guests here to discover who it is and to hunt it down... The film has a clip at the beginning asking people in the audience to try to identify the werewolf and near the end there is a 30-second "Werewolf Break" for the audience to think over the evidence... Written by Lee Horton <Leeh@tcp.co.uk>

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One of these eight people will turn into a werewolf. Can you guess who it is when we stop the film for the WEREWOLF BREAK? See it ... solve it ... but don't tell!

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Horror | Mystery

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

April 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Black Werewolf See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Colour by) (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

According to director Paul Annett the role of Caroline Newcliffe was intended for Shirley Bassey. However she proved unavailable and Marlene Clark was hired at the suggestion of Calvin Lockhart. See more »

Goofs

When the alarm shows that the werewolf has left the estate and is prowling in the woods, Tom has his surveillance expert help him track the beast. He could have taken a few seconds to look in on all the guests via the spy cameras to see which one was missing from their room and so discover the werewolf's identity, but it doesn't seem to occur to him. See more »

Quotes

Arthur Bennington: I've always loathed parlor games. What am I supposed to do?
[Angrily takes candlestick, which has no negative effect]
Arthur Bennington: There. Satisfied?
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Crazy Credits

[At the beginning of the film, with narration] This film is a detective story--in which you are the detective The question is not "Who is the murderer?"--But "Who is the werewolf?" After all the clues have been shown--You will get a chance to give your answer. (Said but not written on screen, directly after above quote: Watch for the werewolf break). See more »

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Featured in Wolfman Chronicles (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Moonlight Sonata
(uncredited)
Music by Ludwig van Beethoven
Arranged by Douglas Gamley
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Entertaining, Enjoyable Schlock!
22 November 1999 | by BaronBl00dSee all my reviews

A millionaire brings an assortment of characters to his heavily secured home and plenty of acreage around it. He then tells each that they were brought for a reason...that one of them is a werewolf. The rest of the story goes through the paces of finding out who the beast is and what must be done with it. I did not have the version with the game on it...my copy was called Black Werewolf(a poor job in renaming the film and it added awful title cards as well). This is the 70s film all around. The outfits, the hairstyles, and that awful-yet-appropriate soundtrack are all signs of the times. The movie is cheesy and yet fun to watch. Calvin Lockhart, as the lead, is like George Jefferson on steroids. The supporting cast is filled with stalwarts from the British stage and screen, amongst them Charles Gray, Anton Diffring, and the ever-affable Peter Cushing as the dispenser of knowledge dealing with lycanthropy. A pleasant diversion to watch!


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