In order to inherit a fortune a young woman agrees to marry a young man. She soon discovers that his family harbours a dark past involving a monstrous beast.


Walerian Borowczyk





Cast overview, first billed only:
Sirpa Lane ... Romilda
Lisbeth Hummel ... Lucy Broadhurst
Elisabeth Kaza ... Virginia
Pierre Benedetti ... Mathurin de l'Esperance
Guy Tréjan ... Marquis Pierre de l'Esperance
Roland Armontel ... Priest
Marcel Dalio ... Duc Rammendelo (as Dalio)
Robert Capia Robert Capia ... Roberto
Pascale Rivault ... Clarisse de l'Esperance
Hassane Fall ... Ifany
Anna Baldaccini Anna Baldaccini ... Théodore
Thierry Bourdon Thierry Bourdon ... Modeste
Marie Testanière Marie Testanière ... Marie
Stéphane Testanière Stéphane Testanière ... Stéphane
Jean Martinelli ... Cardinal Joseph


Under the condition that within six months from the death of the accomplished businessman Philip Broadhurst, his beloved daughter and heiress to his immense fortune Lucy gets married to Marquis Pierre de l'Esperance's son Mathurin, innocent fair Lucy heads with her aunt to the crumbling estate of her soon-to-be husband. But the once noble estate is nestled deep in the French dense woods, where centuries ago, a wild and ravenous supernatural beast roamed the very forests driven by a raw and unquenchable lust for virginal unprotected girls. Before long, young Lucy completely unaware of the menacing legend and the strange rumours that cloud the family's name will begin experiencing appalling, yet sensually charged visions of an unprecedented vividness. Is there a bit of truth in the legend of the Beast of Gévaudan? Written by Nick Riganas

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Just About The Most Outrageous Erotic Fantasy Ever Committed To Film.


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Actor Bryan Pringle once took a date to a screening of The Beast (1975) in London. She was reportedly "appalled by his taste in films." See more »


Priest: Spring is the cause of our excitement. We, frail humans, we are like animals, we suffer the laws of nature. Alas!
Pierre de l'Esperance: Happily, we have this intelligence, this heavenly gift, which enables us to fight our instincts.
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Alternate Versions

The film was rejected for UK cinema in 1978 by the BBFC and released on video in 1988 (as "Death's Ecstasy") with around 9 minutes of distributor pre-edits. It was finally passed completely uncut for cinema and video in 2001. See more »

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Disney, this is not (nor for that matter, Cocteau)
23 August 2007 | by Seamus2829See all my reviews

For anyone who has only seen Disney Productions beautifully animated version of 'Beauty & The Beast', or even Jean Cocteau's surreal fairy tale vision will be quite taken aback by this 1975 French (but with a director from Poland) version. The plot concerns a French family of fading aristocracy that is marrying into a well to do English family. The major catch is that the bridegroom is carrying an ancient curse on the family. The film also includes many flashback sequences (potentially) explaining this family curse. From the opening credits, to the very end, it's a nearly non stop erotic fun house ride, with some VERY explicit & graphic sexual content (hence the film's X rating in the U.S. in it's initial run,which is now unrated). The film's somewhat contemptuous sentiment at the ruling class will probably remind one of Bunuel's flights into similar territory. If you have a taste for the truly bizarre, and are not offended by "taboo" material, then this film may just scratch that itch for you.

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Release Date:

15 April 1977 (USA) See more »

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Death's Ecstacy See more »

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