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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 (Calvin Lockhart), 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 guests is a werewolf and Tom has summoned his guests here to discover who it is and to hunt it down. This movie has a clip at the beginning asking people in the audience to try to identify the werewolf, and near the end, there is a thirty-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

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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Colour by) (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Marlene Clark was dubbed by Annie Ross. See more »

Goofs

Truly awful use of "day for night" shots makes it painfully obvious that the "night" shots were done during the day. See more »

Quotes

Tom Newcliffe: He's been looking for a werewolf all his life, haven't you, Doctor?
Dr. Christopher Lundgren: But never have I actually caught one.
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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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Edited into The Gentle Touch: Melody (1980) See more »

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Moonlight Sonata
(uncredited)
Music by Ludwig van Beethoven
Arranged by Douglas Gamley
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Good film about werewolves produced by Amicus and as secondary the great Peter Cushing
14 February 2006 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

The film concerns on Tom Newcliff (Calvin Lockhart) , a wealthy businessman , great hunter and sportsman living with his wife (M.Clark) and his foreman (Anton Driffing) at a luxurious mansion . He has pursued and hunted all kind species with exception a werewolf . Thus , he invites a group of six men (Peter Cushing , Charles Gray , Michael Gambon..) and women related with weird killings about the eating of human flesh and nobody can leave the location . One of the occupants turns into werewolf at the full moon and stricken a rare pollen flower . Then , he undergoes a dental and hirsute transformation at night and going on a murderous rampage every time the moon is full . Tom investigates the guest who converts in night beast and trying to chase him , increasing his enormous collection at his isolated lodge .

The movie is a detective story in which you are the detective . The question is not ¨who is the murder¨? but ¨Who is the werewolf¨? . After all the clues have been shown we will get a chance to give your answer . The picture is a crossover of Blaxexploitation's protagonists , Agatha Christie whodunit (Ten little Indians) , horror mythic about werewolves and even gimmicks -William Castle type- on its intervening period when give to public some seconds for resolving the strange enigma . The transformation of man into werewolf is simple without special effects . Calvin Lockhart as obstinate and relentless hunter is top-notch ; besides , being surrounded by a highly capable secondary cast . Special mention for Peter Cushing ,as always he is excellent as specialist of knowledge on Lycanthropy . The screenwriter provided a very serviceable and well-knit screenplay with suspense and tension , giving full rein to director Paul Annett's natural talent .


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