Nobody wants them but everybody is watching: from time immemorial, animal fights have been as much looked down upon as they have been loved. "The Beast Within" pursues the reasons for man's... See full summary »
In the beginning of the movie you see a woman getting raped by a man-creature of some sort. The movie takes place years later when the child that was a result of that rape is on the rampage looking for a girl to rape to start the process all over again.Written by
Donald O. Caselli <ASAInc@worldnet.att.net>
This film became a staple on Joe Bob Briggs' Monstervision series, though the network would heavily edit the film. See more »
During the scene in the kitchen when Michael is telling Amanda to leave, a shotgun keeps appearing and disappearing behind them leaning in front of the window. See more »
There's a chemical imbalance. An occult malignancy in his system.
What kind of medicine are practicing here, Doctor?
What we have is a pituitary gland that has gone crazy, out of control. It's causing much too rapid growth. No matter what nourishment we give him, it just isn't enough. Now, I... I thought it might be genetic, inherited. But the metabolic tests that we did on both of you show that you're normal as pie. So unless there's something we don't know, unless there's something left out ...
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The following cuts were made to the UK release of this film:
The opening and closing rape scenes are missing glimpses of the women's breasts and of bloodied bodies
Michael's (Paul Clemens) attack on Edwin (Logan Ramsey) is missing the shot of the killer quivering as he gnaws into the victim's throat.
A shot of Edwin's mangled body is missing when it is discovered by the Judge (Don Gordon).
Michael snarls at the camera with a bloodied mouth during a flashback that is missing.
Eventually the Judge gets his head ripped off but we don't get to see the blood pouring out nor the head rolling off the neck stump
Woo-hoo! This freaky puppy needs to go on a leash! The Beast Within is highly entertaining 80's pulp that regretfully got ignored over the years, along with so many other B-movie goodies from that decade like "Dead & Buried", "Basket Case" or "From Beyond". I hope that too many people won't be biased about the gory, cheap looks of this film, because it actually has got more to offer than you'd think! The Beast Within fits perfectly in the "the little town with a secret"-sub genre that I personally adore. The screenplay (written by Tom Holland of "Fright Night" and "Child's Play") handles about a newlywed couple facing a nightmare when the wife is raped by a hideous creature on a remote Mississippi road. The "miracle of life" takes place and 17 years later, the progeny of this unpleasant meeting begins to undergo a bizarre metamorphosis. The adolescent Michael is aggressive, weak and goes prowling overnight. The victims of these nightly hunts all share a common secret that slowly unravels itself and leads all the way back to the night of the rape. The plot contains quite some holes (big ones!) and logicalness is totally out of the question! Hopefully, you'll be able to look passed these flaws and see how director Mora attempts to add tension and atmosphere to his film. The obvious aspect to love naturally is the blood and gore! The Beast Within features an infamous and nearly classic transformation and this scene alone makes the film worthy. A catchy (country) soundtrack and fairly good acting complete my overall positive opinion on this overlooked cult gem. Ronny Cox is quite convincing as the "official" father but it surely is the young actor Paul Clemens himself who impresses. His ultra-mad grimaces while attacking the hillbillies form the best parts of the film.
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