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The Beast (1975)

La bête (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Fantasy, Horror | 15 April 1977 (USA)
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A late businessman's daughter is heading with her aunt to the crumbling estate of her soon-to-be husband, unaware of the strange rumours that cloud the family's name.


Walerian Borowczyk





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


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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Did You Know?


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 »


Featured in Boro Bunch (2015) See more »

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Worth seeing if you like being shocked
8 May 2002 | by SlimeyPeteSee all my reviews

To be honest, I didn't think this film had much (if any) artistic merit. It all seemed like an excuse to show lots of really perverse porno scenes. That said, it does have a high degree of shock value (especially if you're used to British censorship, and have a reasonable imagination), so for odd people like me who will happily watch a film simply in order to be amazed and revolted, it's worth seeing. It does also have some camp value, with ropy costumes and some truly silly moments (oral sex with a bear, anyone?).

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French | Italian | English

Release Date:

15 April 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Death's Ecstacy See more »

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Production Co:

Argos Films See more »
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Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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